Lady M was back to her grueling schedule yesterday, when her Let’s Move promotional tour moved to Florida. MO, in honor of both her “eat more fruits and vegetables” campaign and the state fruit, dressed as a giant orange.
MO had BO sign a memorandum for her back in February that established a national task force on childhood obesity. The task force will get up to $1 billion in federal funds a year over the next ten in order to figure out what to do about this HUGE problem. And we intend to spend every last cent of it. That’s why we need more.
And that’s why Lady M is cheezed at Congress: they’re not
"do(in’) their part," referring to the stalled child nutrition bill that aims to improve school lunches and expand feeding programs [ed. “feeding programs?” Is it just me or does that sound a little more like animal husbandry than childhood nutrition?] for low-income students. Anti-hunger groups and more than 100 Democrats protested the use of food stamp dollars to pay for it.
So Lady M showed up at the Miami grade school in Little Havana to show the kids how good fruit and veggies can be:
The first lady chatted with students of the predominantly Latino school in small groups, showing them how to dice scallions to add flavor and explaining that yellow squash doesn't have much taste, but it's still tasty mixed with other vegetables.
The kids were having none of it:
Good idea – get grade school kids to eat green onions. That’s a natural. And telling them that they should eat yellow squash because it “doesn't have much taste, but it's still tasty mixed with other vegetables?” Right. That’s a closer. The only other “vegetables” that will make it taste good are cheese and bacon.
Butt odds are good the only “cheese” that will be allowed in USDA approved lunch rooms will be made from tofu, which “doesn’t have much taste” either:
The proposed new nutrition standards call for using leaner meats and whole wheat buns in school lunchrooms and stocking vending machines with less candy and fewer high-calorie drinks.
Congressional passage of the bill would be only the first step. Decisions on what kinds of foods could be sold - and what ingredients might be limited - would be left to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Things are about to get really ugly in lunch rooms around the country.
For those of you who accurately spotted a repeat showing of this bright suit from last summer, here is the evidence. MO originally wore it to speak to employees at the Department of Labor when she was doing her “Name that Government Bureaucracy” tour.
From June to November: the weight of our first historic second year in office settles in. Mostly around the hips, thighs and caboose.
Lady M is pleased to announce that her “A Salad Bar in Every Lunchroom” program is supported by – in addition to the SEIU – the following organizations: the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance (a sub-organization of PBH – Produce for Better Health – a non-profit 501(c)(3) industry lobby group), United Fresh Produce Association Foundation (a non-profit 501(c)(3) industry lobby group) and Food, Family, Farming (F3) Foundation - isn’t that 4 F’s? – (also a non-profit 501(c)(3) lobby group whose “mission” is to “work toward changing the food system in America from a chemically dependent/resource depleting agricultural model to an ecologically sound sustainable one.”) So, as proud tax payers, not only do you get to pay for Lady M’s school nutrition program once it’s been rammed through Congress – you get to pay for the lobbyists getting it rammed through Congress too!
Butt don’t forget: It’s all about the children!
I said, EAT YOUR DAMN VEGETABLES!