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Democrat first lady Michelle Obama addresses National Restaurant Assn on suggested menu changes 9-13-10

First Lady Michelle Obama, who has been unable to convince the Smoker-in-Chief to give up that dreadful habit, now has some health suggestions for other American families and for restaurant menus across the country. The goal is to eat healthier, although that might hurt restaurant sales and cause disappointed children.

Obama, who has made combating childhood obesity and inactivity her favored causes, addressed the National Restaurant Assn. (See the text below, along with photos of her husband not eating arugula.) She, of course, has her own personal chef brought in from Chicago and took full parental responsibility for guiding her daughters' diets because parents are crucial habit-formers and role models, even in food choices.

But Obama would like to see more healthy choices for Americans dining out, even if it means a restaurant deleting a best-selling menu item.

The Democrat suggested that Americans are "programmed" by taste and advertising to eat many things that the government and health professionals know are not healthy for their bodies. So she wants to facilitate a nationwide re-programming of personal tastes by having restaurants start serving less of what customers ignorantly want and more of what they should have.

One idea Mrs. Obama had is to serve apple slices as the default side dish with, say, hamburgers, instead of French fries, which she confessed to liking.

Also she'd like less butter and cream in restaurant dinners, not enough to....

...ruin the flavor but enough to make them healthy. A difficult balance, millions have learned.

Her other suggestions: Substitute whole wheat pasta for white. Smaller portions (presumably for smaller prices). Less mac and cheese, chicken fingers and cheeseburgers on kids' menus. More carrots.

Mrs. Obama expressed concern that Americans are now spending more money on food purchased and/or eaten outside the home, which many in her audience of restaurant business owners likely think is a pretty good thing.

The first lady doesn't mind ordinary families eating out on special occasions. But, she claimed, restaurant efforts to reduce calories and fats have been insufficient. And too slow. "We just don't have the time to waste," Mrs. Obama added.

"As humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods," Mrs. Obama told the group.

"And as people who work to meet those needs, I know it’s tempting to respond by creating products that are sweeter, richer and saltier than ever before. But here’s the catch. See, feeding those cravings doesn't just respond to people’s natural desires, it actually helps shape them. The more of these foods people eat, the more they're accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits."

She said she understood that healthy meals sell less, which is not a good thing for any business. But she said the problem of obesity is so great, it must be addressed urgently by all means.

She said it's also important to change these national eating habits because they end up costing billions in additional healthcare costs.

Grab some cauliflower and savor her full remarks below.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Democrat president Barack Obama preparing for a meal out

Remarks on restaurant menus by Michelle Obama, as provided by the White House

MRS. OBAMA:  Thanks so much. (Applause.) Well, good morning. Let me start by thanking Michael for his work and for that kind introduction.

And I want to also thank Dawn Sweeny and everyone at the National Restaurant Association for having me here. It is a pleasure for me to be with you all.

So today I’m going to talk about food, which is something that all of you here today know a little bit about.

Together, you represent 40 percent of the nearly one million restaurants in the United States, from the biggest chains to the smallest diners. You know what Americans like to eat and what they don’t. You’ve seen how the ingredients we put in our bodies affecDemocrat president Barack Obama eating chickent the way we feel and the way we feel about ourselves. And you also understand the unique role that food, and restaurants especially, play in our own lives and in the life of our nation.

Restaurants have always been places to celebrate a special occasion or mark an important milestone, to bond with new friends and grow closer as a family. They provide a service to our communities unlike any other. And even as tastes and customs have changed over time, restaurants remain an incredibly dynamic part of our American story.

And today, one out of every two dollars spent on food in this country goes towards meals outside the home -– and that’s double what it was just 50 years ago.

And one-third of all meals today are eaten in restaurants.
So it’s clear that eating out has become part of our American way of life.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating pancakes
And while restaurants are still places where we go to mark a special occasion -– to celebrate a good report card, an anniversary, a job well done –- restaurants aren’t just for those who can afford to splurge anymore.

Instead, they’ve grown to fit every lifestyle and every budget.

And our eating habits have evolved over time as well -– both in restaurants and at home -– but not always in ways that are good for our health.

And that’s another reason I wanted to talk to you today –- about an issue that is near and dear to my heart not just as First Lady, but as a mother -– and that is the epidemic of childhood obesity in America today.

Now, I know you’re all familiar with the statistics: how one in three children in this country is overweight or obese. And you know the consequences for their health –- from hypertension and diabetes to heart disease and even cancer.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating a cheesesteak
And I know you’re all aware of the economic impact: the billions of dollars we spend every year treating obesity-related conditions -– costs that you pay in the form of rising health insurance premiums.

So it’s clear that we’re facing a problem that is really big. And it’s also clear that this problem has a whole range of different causes.

Our kids are spending less time outside and more time on the couch in front of the TV, video games, the Internet. At school, gym classes, recess, they’ve been eliminated or shortened.  Portion sizes in this country have ballooned. 

In some areas, families are having a tougher time getting regular access to fresh produce. And kids these days are consuming more calories and eating more fat and sugar than ever before.

And that’s why, earlier this year, we launched “Let’s Move!” This is a nationwide campaign with a simple but ambitious goal: We want to solve the problem of childhood obesity in a generation, so that kids born today can reach adulthood at a healthy weight.
Democrat president Barack Obama Eats some Kringle in Wisconsin
And “Let’s Move!” is about attacking this problem from all different angles. It’s about giving parents the information and the resources they need to make healthy decisions for their families.

It’s about giving grocery stores -- helping them to locate in underserved areas, so that every community has access to fresh and nutritious food. It’s about getting healthier food into our schools. It’s about helping our kids become more active, not just in school but at home.

But here’s the thing. Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can’t make a healthy choice.
Democrat president Barack Obama eating a hotdog in front of his wife
And the truth is that while restaurants are offering more options and families take advantage of them more often, they aren’t always the healthiest choices.

Research has shown that kids consume more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out. And the meals they eat at restaurants have twice as many calories as the ones they eat at home.

Now, as parents we know that many of our kids aren’t as healthy and active as they should be. And we desperately want to do things differently. But when stores and restaurants don't offer healthy options, or when parents don't have the information to make the best choices for their families, that's easier said than done.

And as America’s restaurant owners, you’re responsible for one-third of the calories our kids get on a daily basis. The choices you make determine what’s listed on the menus, what’s advertised on billboards, and what’s served on our plates.

And your decisions about how a dish is prepared, what goes into it and where is it placed on the menu, that can have a real impact on the way people eat.

And that's why we need your help. And we need your help now, because when you see research showinDemocrat president Barack Obama eating waffles at a restaurantg that obese toddlers already display some warning signs for heart disease, it’s clear that we just don't have the time to waste.

And that's why I’ve been so pleased to hear about what some of you are doing already both in working with us and on your own.
Here at the NRA, you’ve developed the Food and Healthy Living Initiative to give restaurants a strong foundation for making healthy changes. You’ve launched a website,, to help consumers identify healthy menu options in their area.

You're keeping your members up to date with the latest information and statistics about efforts to address childhood obesity. And you’re working with other groups in the industry to meet the goal of doubling the amount of produce used in the food industry over the next 10 years.

And across the country, individual restaurants and chains are also focusing on our children’s health -- not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it also makes sense for their bottom line.

Right now, many restaurants are making a point to offer fresh produce and healthy choices aimed at kids and adults.  Others are serving more low-fat dishes, whole grain breads, fruit on the side. Some are even offering kid-size portions of the meals they serve on the main menu. And chefs across the country are partnering with local schools to help them make healthy choices.
Democrat president Barack Obama downs some fried chicken
But as positive as these examples are, the reality is it’s just not enough. Together we have to do more. We have to go further. And we need your help to lead this effort.

Now, what I do know is that in the restaurant industry creativity is your lifeblood. It’s what sets you apart from the competition, and it keeps customers coming back for more.

And today I am asking you to use that creativity to rethink the food you offer, especially dishes aimed at young people, and to help us make the healthier choice the easier choice.

First, it’s important to reduce the number of empty calories that our families are consuming, calories that have no nutritional benefit whatsoever. And believe me, I know this is easier said than done.

After all, we as humans, we are programmed to crave sugary, fatty, salty foods. And as people who work to meet those needs, I know it’s tempting to respond by creating products that are sweeter, richer and saltier than ever before.

But here’s the catch. See, feeding those cravings does just respond to people’s natural desires, it actually helps shape them. The more of these foods people eat, the more they're accustomed to that taste, and after a while, those unhealthy foods become a permanent part of their eating habits.
But here’s the good news: It can work the other way around just as easily. Just as we can shape our children’s preferences for high-calorie, low-nutrient foods, with a little persistence and creativity we can also turn them on to higher quality, healthier foods.

It starts with offering healthier options designed specifically for kids. And today, no matter what kind of restaurant you visit -- whether it’s Italian, French, Mexican, American -- most kids’ menus look pretty much the same. And trust me, we’ve seen a lot of them.

One local survey found that 90 percent of those menus includes mac and cheese -- our childrenDemocrat president Barack Obama shares syrup covered shaved ice with his daughters’s favorite; 80 percent includes chicken fingers; 60 includes burgers or cheeseburgers.

Some options weigh in at over 1,000 calories, and that’s close to the recommended amount that a child should have for the entire day. And I think -- and I know you all think -- that our kids deserve better than that.

That’s why I want to challenge every restaurant to offer healthy menu options and then provide them up front so that parents don’t have to hunt around and read the small print to find an appropriately sized portion that doesn’t contain levels -- high levels of fat, salt and sugar.
These choices have to be easy to make and they have to give parents the confidence to know that they can go into any restaurant in this country and choose a genuinely healthy meal for their kids.

Now, again, I know it’s easier said than done. It’s not easy to come up with choices that are both healthy and palatable for kids. And it may mean putting in some real effort and creativity to make this happen.

But what it doesn’t mean is providing just one token healthy option on the menu, or taking out one problematic ingredient and replacing it with another. And it is not about finding creative ways to market unhealthy food products as healthy.
Democrat president Barack Obama downs some pizza
Instead, it’s about producing products that actually are healthy; products that can help our children get into the habits that will last them a lifetime.
This philosophy also needs to apply to the rest of the food that you offer, because just as we eat out as a family, we also should be able to eat well as a family.

And as a mother of two soon-to-be teenagers, I know that many kids, especially tweens and teens, eat off the same menu that their parents do.

I'm not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business. But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love.

That could mean substituting wheat pasta for white pasta in your regular recipes, or taking out an existing -- taking an existing dish and cutting the amount of butter or cream -- not enough to sacrifice flavor -- we all like flavor -- but just enough to make a meaningful difference in the amount of calories and fat.
Democrats  Barack Obama and Joe Biden eating cheeseburgers
It could mean serving 1 percent or skim milk. Or you could make healthy sides like apple slices or carrots the default choice in a menu and make fries something customers have to request -- which would hurt me deeply. (Laughter.) I'm a fry lover.
And no matter what you do, it’s also important, truly important, to keep portion sizes in check, because we all know that the size of a meal is just as important as the ingredients it’s made of.

But your role in helping address childhood obesity isn’t limited to what you put on your menus and how you label them for parents. It’s also about how you market those products to our kids.

Our kids don’t learn about the latest fast-food creations on their own. They hear about them on TV, advertisements, in the Internet, video games, and many other places. And as any parent knows, this marketing is highly effective.

As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else’s, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids.

A study last year found that only a small percentage of advertising aimed at kids promoted healthy foods, while most promoted foods with a low nutritional value. And let’s be clear: It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy.   It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy.

And if there’s anyone who can sell healthy food to our kids, it’s all of you, because you know what gets their attention.  You know what makes a lasting impression.  You certainly know what gets them to drive their poor parents crazy because they just have to have something.
So I'm here today to ask you to use that knowledge and that power to our kids’ advantage. I'm asking you to actively promote healthy foods and healthy habits to our kids.

Again, I know many of you have said that you would offer and promote healthy options in a hearDemocrat president Barack Obama downs another sandwichtbeat if they were as popular as the healthy -- unhealthy options, because that’s how business works, and I understand that.

But I’ve yet to meet a single parent who doesn’t understand the threat of childhood obesity. I’ve yet to meet a single parent who’s not eager to buy healthier products. They just need more information. They need easier access to those products.

And I’ve heard from more companies over the year that the market is starting to move in a healthier direction. Folks are beginning to ask for more fruits and vegetables and for smaller portions. So when it comes right down to it, this is also about protecting your bottom lines and meeting the demands of your customers -- customers who I know you want to keep coming back again and again.

That’s why we’re committed to helping increase that demand and making it easier for you to do what’s right. And we’ve started by requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie counts on their menus and menu boards. And I am grateful for the support we’ve received from the NRA to get this done. And I want to encourage restaurants that aren’t providing calorie counts to join us in this effort.

And because so many of the calories our kids consume come from school, we’re also working to get more nutritious food into our lunchrooms and our vending machines. And, again, the NRA has been playing an important role in these efforts as well.

As part of “Let’s Move,” we’re setting a goal of doubling the number of schools that participate in the Healthier US Schools Challenge by next year. And we’re working with schools and food suppliers to offer more fruits and vegetables and to cut down on that fat, sugar and salt.
And, finally, we’re working with mayorDemocrat president Barack Obama enjoys a healthy Beers and other local officials to make our cities and towns healthier and to highlight restaurants that agree to serve smaller portions and promote more nutritious options.

So I hope that all of you will join with us in these efforts. Together, we can help make sure that every family that walks into a restaurant can make an easy, healthy choice.

We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu. We can make portion sizes smaller and emphasize quality over quantity. And we can help create a culture -- imagine this -- where our kids ask for healthy options instead of resisting them.

See, after all, that’s one of the core ideals this industry was founded on. I recently learned that the term “restaurant” actually comes from the French word for “restore.”  And when the idea of the restaurant business spread across the ocean, some of the first true restaurants in this country emphasized their ability to make people healthier and to cure what ailed them.

So today, you are all the heirs to that legacy. And you face a similar opportunity both as business owners -- but also as parents, not just to fulfill your obligations to shareholders, but to fulfill the obligation we all have to the next generation.

So I hope that each of you will do your part to give our kids the future that we all know they deserve. And I want to truly thank you for what you have done, because you have done so much, and for what you’re going to do.

I look forward to working with you all in the months and years ahead. Good luck to you all and God bless you and your families. Take care. Thank you. (Applause.)    ####

Photos: J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press (Michelle Obama speaking to restaurant owners); Charles Dharapak / Associated Press (napkin, chicken wings, pancakes); CBS News (Philly cheesesteak); Getty Images (eating kringle in Wisconsin); Associated Press (hot dog, waffles, fried chicken, shaved ice, pizza); Charles Dharapak / Associated Press (cheeseburgers with Joe Biden); Associated Press (sandwich, beer).  

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Maybe Ms. Obama should stick with what she knows about which is .........not a freakin thing. What a grotesque woman. Her husband is simply a wealth destroying, commie fraud. She is a real horror. Marie Antoinette ain't got nothing on Mrs. Obama.

A typical MO speech: banal, preachy, humorless, annoying, bossy, collectivist. Love the photo illustrations!

Liberals, socialists, the UN, arrogant presidential wives, George Soros, activists, network anchors.... are all sure ordinary people are incapable of living their lives without parental guidance. Why dont they just go home and live their own lives and let the rest of us live ours?

I do not like the man or his politics, but I would eat and drink off of his menu anytime.

I might have to take this seriously if her husband didn't hang out at so many burger joints and ice cream stands. True, he isn't obese, but what about the example to his daughters? Same with smoking. Same with lying. Same with running in the wrong circles. Same with a lavish life style while asking everyone else to sacrifice. Same with playing while others look for work. Same with always blaming others and ridiculing those he disagrees with. The list goes on and on. He's teaching them that everything can be rationalized in the name of power.

All in all, he's setting quite a bad example on just about every front and we, along with his daughters will pay the price.

What's with all the pix? Come on now, you know it's do as they say, not as they do. They're liberals.


War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Democrats are Patriots.

Very unfortunate tone for this article Mr. Andrew Malcolm. Can we see the good in making American more healthy and not be so bitchy and cynical? Everybody who gives their time for a worthy cause is not against you. Let us think of the millions who are experiencing poor quality of life due to poor diet and little exercise. Lets think of the creative ways to help them. Is that too much to ask?

Hey, First Lady, look in the mirror! Have you seen that cabboose you're hauling??

You can preach to us when your thunder thighed kid slims down.
Talk about narcissitic arrogance!

I can't help but imagine that were Reagan still with us (I wish!), reading this article he'd remark about Chairman Maobama and the First Wookiee............, "There you go again".

By the way, when the oh-so-pedestrian First Wookiee was on her grand a-go-go tour of the Spanish Mediterranean with her 40 plus friends (on your dime American taxpayer), I wonder if she was telling the Andalusian masses, at a minimum the assigned chefs how to cook and what ingredients to use, starting with salt.........?

Heil Maobama!

Take care of your own eating habits first, and then still leave us alone. With all due respect, I do not want you to be telling me how to eat or live.

Stay out of my life and away from my dining choices, Michelle! By the way, my hips are much slimmer than yours.

You are not an elected official. You do not have a right to make policy. Keep your nose out of our food and restaurants. Down with government control!!!

I used to call Hillary's scolding, moralistic liberalism "Eat-your-peas socialism", but Michelle seems to have taken the idea literally.
The photos are great. By the way, the LA Times is getting a lot better. Kaus be praised!

Dude, if you post that photo of Moochelle in every restaurant I can guarantee you a loss of appetitie across the board.

Is Lobster with butter, something the Obama's usually fiest on, non fattening?

Yeah, I want to take advice from someone who voluntarily gave up her law license so her unethical conduct would not become public record. Yeah, I want to take advice from someone behind patient dumping in chicago hospitals and actually caused a hospital to go belly up and poor black patients to not receive the medical care they needed. Does OBAMA CARE scare you now? Why don't you make your mission to develop some character? That's something I could get behind. I will take care of my family. Stay outta my BIZness.

Hey First Lady, MYOB

Bravo, LA Times!!! Excellent photos to drive home the First Lady's point.

Hey lady. I'll eat what I want to, you eat what you want to. Get your hands out of my pockets, my refrigerator and OFF my dinner plate!

"Let's Move" .... your butt outta the white house.

As much as I dislike this woman, she is right about the boat load of salt that is put into processed food. The high salt content is one of the main reasons that the misses and I do not go out to restaurants as much as we would like.
But the key aspect to this is, the wife and I took the responsibility of making the decision to cut back on processed food, we didn't need the government to tell us.

Don't you think a war on Botox makes more sense since it is derived from botulism?

Is there nothing these people would not like to control? Inspections of our cupboards and refrigerators by food police?

The moms of this country don't need a lecture from Michelle Obama about what they feed their children.

When is she going to something about that big ass she has. Stop with the Lobster with butter etc. Practice what you preach

When is this woman going to mind her own business? Leave me alone!

I am a food blogger. Are we next? Will we be allowed to post cookie and cake recipes, or will we be filtered? I'm sick of it. Smoking is a huge issue, but this "disciplined" man can't do it. Italy has gelato on every corner, but no big deal obesity issue. They drink wine. They eat salty meats and cheeses and lots of bread and pasta. Maybe there is something else going on in America that they are refusing to address? The answer is not Michelle Obama lecturing others. It's deeper than this. It's part of the "family" model. The obese kids I see in my neighborhood live in two houses, mom's and dad's. They go back and forth with little sane parenting. They eat because they have a wrecked family. They don't sit down to a sane and happy dinner table. The other obese kids eat in the car because there is this insane pressure to run to 5 soccer games a week, which take place right through the dinner hour. But, it's not the government's business. This is a spiritual issue of the culture. And the Obama's are no better. They are both busy with fast paced careers. They will have their own issues after their failed attempt to take over the world.

Do as I say, not as I do. Just leave me the Hell alone.

Ugh... "fighting childhood obesity" must be the most annoying First Lady mission in history. Michelle, it's not the governement's place to tell us what to do, what to eat, what to think. You and your husband need to leave us the hell alone and fix the effing mess you've made out of the economy. If anyone needs to go on a diet, it's the government. Leave the restaurants alone and stop all the wasteful spending first!

Perhaps the first lady should focus on the trailer she is hiding under those dresses before she starts making suggestions for the rest of us. It amazes me how any political figure values their opinion so much, do they really not know that this sort of activity is ignored by the vast majority of people.

Mrs. Obama might want to take care of her own family and leave others to choose what they eat**don't you think?

If you don't mind, Mrs. Obama, stop telling us what to do. And you might want to review your own bad eating habits and down play all the advantages your family has that most American families do not have. We are tired of you and your husband lecturing us. Mind your own business please. You are not our mother and you are not in charge. You have no special knowledge that qualifies you to tell us what to eat or how to prepare our food. It's insulting and rude. And that you continue to pursue this kind of behavior sends us the message that you think we are stupid and don't know enough to make our own decisions. That you are now attempting to tell restaurants what to serve is also beyond contempt. These are business people who are risking their own money to try to make a profit. You and your husband know NOTHING about handling money or investing or business as exemplified by your family's financial problems earlier in your marriage where you were paying monthly minimums on your overdue credit card balances and student loans and you continued to overspend on entertainment. Yes, it is all there and we do not need someone who knows very little telling us how to live our lives. Thanks much.

Wouldn't it be nice if Moochelle minded her own business, got out of our dinner plates and spent her own money, for a change? Has she looked at her own backside lately?

Look, if this woman wants to have "food choices" in her family, let her, but she needs to keep her nose out of my kitchen and favorite restaurants. I can just see a Italian being told what to eliminate in their spaghetti, if they should have it at all or a Moroccan being limited to so much bread and fat a day, or a Jew being told not to have that bagel, or someone like me being told my favorite pizza place's recipe is being changed. Get real!

Where did the "Big M" get her medical degree ???????

GET OUT OF MY FREAKIN' LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Y don't the Gov mind it's own beeswax and butt out of our lives!!!!!

Seems like she would spend more time helping the Pres kick his dirty habit.

With respect Mrs Obama I am very capable of determining what my family eats as well as when and how often we elect to eat out. It is a shame you don't actually follow your own guidelines. I can't even count how many pictures we see of the Obama's shoveling in hamburgers and ice cream. Stay out of my house and away from my dinner table. I don't need a lecture from the likes of you

Message to Michelle: why don't you leave us alone and instead, hover over your husband, who seems to eat fatty & salt laden, delicious-looking food anytime he is out and about and you aren't around.
Oh, and also, how about getting him to stop smoking? According to all of you nannies, second-hand smoke really IS something to be concerned about.
Please, stay out of our choices.
They're none of your business, lady!

A recession is a great time to convince the members of a business association to make their products less desirable and their businesses less competitive. Genius.

Typical liberals: personally don't like something, make the world follow suit.

Michelle has a huge mid-section and big butt but more importantly...

its non of her business!

The last thing I want or need, is Michelle Obama telling the rest of us how and what to eat. Hypocrite is the word that comes to mind. I wonder if she refrains from drowning with butter all that lobster she and Obama eat on their numerous vacations. I would take anything she or her husband says with a grain of salt? (ha ha, sorry but I had to do that) Taking diet advice from her is like taking economic advice from Obama. Which means, the opposite of whatever they suggest is probably the better way to go.

Her arguement has convinced me to double my intake...Anything she and her progressive array of *ssklowns say is loaded with junk.

What is her BMI? I wonder??? I think I will look that up. It's nice to say that when you have your own chef to cook your food. We are overweight because of our portions and lack of exersize. Bottom line. People use to smear animal fat on bread and no overweight folks to be found. She has to justify he position.

Stupid is as Stupid does!!

Mrs. Obama, stop trying to control out lives. Worry about your own family and let people make their own decisions. If they are too stupid or uninformed or unwilling to make good decisions, then they must suffer the consequences. Any day now I expect you to come out with a fiber initiative and then start trying to regulate when we go to the bathroom and how often and mandating employers to keep track of when employees use the restroom. You take care of your family and the rest of us will take care of ours. If we choose to eat salt, it really is NONE of your business. Go eat a dish of ice cream and stop trying to micromanage our diets.

I think she should mind her own business

Why doesn't she just shut up and find
something else to do, like go to Spain
with a one way ticket.

Why does everything from the Obamas hurt American business?

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