Don’t get me wrong. As far as first lady causes go, I think promoting healthy eating is a grand platform. And just look at Michelle Obama’s arms. You know she knows more about fitness than I do. But there are good ideas and then there are good ideas gone wrong.
Last Sunday the New York Times reported that Mrs. Obama and her advisory team is on a quest to badger the National Restaurant Association to get eateries to serve smaller portions and healthier children’s meals.
In other news, Mrs. Obama served up a veritable smörgåsbord of artery-clogging delicacies for the Super Bowl. The White House menu included: deep dish pizza, cheeseburgers, twice-baked potatoes, chips and dips, potato salad, bratwurst, kielbasa, beer, and ice cream.
But it’s OK! She’s completely congruent! She says it’s “not realistic” to eat healthy every day!
Here’s my (organic, grass-fed) beef. What makes Mrs. Obama think the rest of us go to all-you-can-eat buffets every single day? What makes her think our kids have chicken nuggets for dinner every single night? Is this what happens when you have the best wait staff on the planet at your beck and call 24/7? You forget that the “little people” can only afford to go out to eat once in a while? What makes her think she needs to dictate portions or choices to the rest of the country when we go out for a special treat?
While the Obamas gorged on their super-sized gut buster last Sunday — apparently because no one can be expected to forgo tubs of lard during the Super Bowl — my family ate a pork loin veggie crockpot stew. But next weekend, when Sam takes the boys for a “kid date,” Michelle wants them to eat grilled, free-range chicken breast, carrot sticks, and apple wedges with yogurt dip.
We eat what we like, because we know better. You eat what we like, because we know better. That’s what she calls “balance.”
Seriously, Mrs. Obama, educate people about healthy eating all you want. But Americans really don’t need their food choices monitored by someone completely disconnected with reality. Or otherwise.
Do you want fries with that?