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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, Healthydiningfinder.com, 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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I wonder if Julianne Malveaux is praying for Obama to eat lots of eggs, in hopes that he'll die of heart disease?

Two huge problems here:

1) While I couldn't agree MORE that it would be great if restaurants would do things such as offer better choices for children, I couldn't agree LESS that it is the GOV'T that should have a say in it! Or, for that matter, a gov't wife. That impetus must come from public demand and the private sector, period.

2) The Obamas are the ultimate example for "do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do" limousine liberals. It is laughable at this point - the Obamas vacation in Spain and Martha's Vineyard, live it up with parties and events and designer clothing, and as the pictures show above, eat whatever the hell they want. But *WE* are exhorted by them to toe the line; *we* should vacation in the Gulf, *we* should tighten our belts and reduce luxuries, *we* should eat more healthily. It is Napoleon in Animal Farm Redux.

It is a shame that FLOTUS hasn't seen fit to spend her time actually making a difference in SERVICE to others, as Laura Bush did, rather than in PREACHING to others.

Hey...you're doing enough already in DC to make our lives better (rolls eyes), stay out of the restaurant business and let us decide for ourselves.

Start with your husband. Then, stay outta my life.

Does Obamacare provide personal chefs for the rest of us?

When food rationing kicks in we'll all be on diets. And at the rate her husband is bringing down the United States that won't be long.

This patronizing condescension and hypocrisy from the first family is starting to get really annoying. Please watch your own amply sized rear end ma'am, and we'll watch ours. Get out of our personal lives. Get out of our personal business.

I love the pictures of Barack Obama eating foods that Michele campaigns against. It captures the hypocrisy of the administraion, and not just on eating. Paying your taxes for instance. It's "do as I say, not as I do."

I don't think MO should be telling anyone what to eat. When she looses her big booty, she can maybe make some recommendations.

Americans can and will eat what we want. The government has NO place in making those decisions for us. Give me a break.

The arrogance and hypocrisy of this woman is astounding.

Unite, Americans.

It's going to take every one of us to get the Obamas, unions and parasite "social justice" Democrats off of our backs and out of our wallets.

Vote.
Democrats.
Out.

ALL OF THEM.

My eleven Herbs and Spices are the ticket to a healthy diet. Looks like Michelle and Osama has been "Frequent flyers" at my establishment.

So what is she then, the health food czar?
Hey lady, mind your own business!

They really need to stop concerning themselves with my spending and eating habits and start seriously considering big-picture issues like the country's safety and financial standing so I can live my life the way I want to.

Who are any of them to lecture me on how I eat and what I spend my money on? They have yet to manage their own expenses and "necessary" programs efficiently. Once they figure out how to run this country with as minimal a cost as possible they may have credibility to advise. And even then these folks may advise, but shall NEVER dictate. Particularly my diet or spending habits!?

These folks are so removed from the good people of this country. Such arrogance. So sad.

Chris
New Jersey

How about encouraging people to monitor their OWN intake, instead of forcing everyone else to do it for them?

It's hard to get excited about taking dietary advice from a woman with an ass like a $4,000 cow.

Go away! Get your husband to make wise choices first! Stop meddling in my life. If I want to eat sausage sprinkled with MSG, so be it! If I want to eat Top Raman with rice vinegar and hot sauce, I'll do it. Don't want to pay for my heart surgery in that health monstrosity you shoved down my throat? What about all the money I shell out to support low lifes, drug addicts, and people who refuse to work who get food stamps and other entitlements they're really not "entitled" to? My wife used to work in a dental office that took medicaid patients. She was astounded by all these poor people who carried Coach hand bags, Gucci sun glasses dressed to the nines. Go away Michelle. Go raise money to feed starving children in Somalia.

"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."

how about NO!... its not the .gov's job to be "re-programming of personal " ANYTHING...

MYOB!

Michelle Antoinette has spoken. Period.

If it hurts the food industry, too bad. If her decisions are not want parents have decided for their children, too bad. Michelle Antoinette, (and her personal chef) know what's best for American families.

The sooner you small people get in line with what the obamas have decreed for this (once) great country, the better we'll all be.

"We don't want you small people to be troubled and confused with things like personal responsibility and accountability. Those are just too big for your small minds. Besides those concepts are so 1776. Oh, my, look at the time... Gotta go get ready for another gala/vacation/date night in the Big Apple! Get back to work and eat healthy!"

God turned Lot's wife into a pillar of salt.
We are the salt of the earth.
New smugglers will be passing the salt.

Michelle,
How does lobster and crab taste when dipped in applesauce??? How about the next time you are at Cape Cod, how about you try some baked cod with no breading and a side of broccolli...

While I agree that people should attempt to eat healthier, it is none of the governments damn business what I put inside my body as long as it's not illegal. Forcing restaurants to alter their menus is a horrible thing for any government to be doing. It's the restaurants decision as to what they want to serve. Please government, for the love of God, don't stick your nose into the private sector, you have more than enough problems controlling the deficit, the illegal immigration problem, Iran, et al.

When will she start to MIND HER OWN BUSINESS ???

Hypocritical much? Every time that liberals open their mouths, they expose themselves more and more for the government control freaks and hypocrites that they really are. Government knows best and do as I say, not as I do are the popular phrases in the left's camp

Hypocritical much? Every time that liberals open their mouths, they expose themselves more and more for the government control freaks and hypocrites that they really are. Government knows best and do as I say, not as I do are the popular phrases in the left's camp

When will she start to mind her own business, I do not need her opinions on what food is healthy for me.

Mrs Barack Obama stay out of my kitchen , mind your own business,and concentrate on raising your own children .
We tire of you elietest dribble .
Yes that dress makes your butt look big .

Hey, Michelle! The majority of Americans don't like your idiot husband's policies, nor did we elect you Nanny-in-Chief! Now GO AWAY!

She is right about food...She is not right that she should force her preferences on others...I am a long term vegan who eats less crap than she does on her best dietary day...I would prefer that everyone agree with me...But I oppose elitists telling others what to do or passing laws to control diets...Michelle should keep her nose out of my kitchen, and Burger Kings...It's one thing to be informative, it's another to start issuing orders...

Andrew- LOVE the way you did this. lol. Great photos to help "punctuate" Michelle's words.

Um, Michele do you know that Apples are loaded with sugar. I cannot believe that Apple slices would be better for me than French fries. Here is the thing, I do the low carb diet which is awesome. I can have the butter and cream and keep my cholesterol ~160.

My recommendation would be to encourage people to make good life choices like exercise and low carb diets. The good thing about low carb is that once in a while you can go splurge and have a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and a large fry.

Michele, you know what I do not like about you. You think you know better and insist on telling me what to do. Thankfully I do not have to obey you. I'll be glad when this nanny state is gone.

What makes that woman think she knows best for others? The government has no right telling me what to eat or not to eat. My body, not your fat a**ed one! Keep your fingers out of my plate, Mrs. OBummer!
BTY - My family DOES eat healthy. Organic, free range, no sugar, little salt. So maybe we the people are smarter than she thinks. Let's vote them out!

tired of these liberals telling me what to do...just saying.

Hey Moochelle stay the hell out of our lives you degenerate hypocrite

Do as I say, not as I do?

The Hypocrisy here is stunning.


woof.

Mrs. O, For goodness sake, just take up knitting and go away!

It seems like the First Hypocrites are at it again...so sick of these idiots telling us what to do because they think they know what is best for the citizens of this country. They will find out how very wrong they are in November ;)

Who the hell do these people think they are? Now you are going to go as far as to tell us what we can eat and what a restaurant can have on its menu? Oh and that is after a whole summer of watching the first family lead by example right? Have some more fried shrimp.....
DONT TREAD ON ME! The times are coming. What it will take is still not clear but people of good intentions, Americans who believe in personal freedom will only sit back so long. I just hope they will not sit back too long. This is just a piece of the erosion of personal freedom.

Maybe when some liberal restaurant owners have their income slashed by Mr and Mrs Anti Vegas they will understand the dangers of impressing on personal choice by the government. Which worked wonders for Vegas,just asked the many thousands that lost their jobs since the health nuts remarks about Vegas.

Oh...and by the way.....anyone see those jobs anywhere......I know we spent the money ? now where are those pesky job numbers

So how does this work: Serving healthier foods at restaurants and fining farmers for growing food? Sorry, can't do both.

Who elected Bigfoot to tell Americans what to eat?
Doesn't she realize We Americans hate her and her Taliban trained Husband?

another example of a liberal trying to blame capitalism for something that the human body is genetically programed to do.
the craving for salt is biological, not psychological.
our bodies craved salt long before advertising existed.
salt isn't the problem in this country.
the most dangerous craving is her husband's craving for power and control.

I really can't stand pepper or anything that reminds me of it, but I love salt and everything it reminds me of. Now, Mrs. Obozo just happens to remind me of pepper and everything else I can't stand, especially her husband. Go back to Chicago as I heard that hospital which never filled your $300,000+ job is holding it open for you. Stuff your opinions as they don't affect the vast majority of Americans.

Please, can this lady not just stay home and take care of her own problems!! Maybe should take more trips and eat more lobster (which I am postive she usesbutter to dip). Why do elites like her think they should be able to tell me and my family how to live?? I don't see her thinning down anywhere and the pics of BHO are priceless!!! Maybe if we didn't eat the salt, she is thinking there will be more to rub in our wounds from all the pi## poor decisions her husband is making, supposedly on our behalf?!!

She is the most disgusting thing to come onto the American political scene in my memory!

No no No No.... Obama's you may take away my trans fat but if you take away my salt then seriously we need a revolution. This presidency is worse then any other. The obama's are the evil... I am now convinced.

All those pictures of Obama eating but not one of him eating pork.....

Dont tell Michele, I just bought cases of flour and sugar and 24 of Mortons salt, gallon of vanilla, and 14 tubs of butter, shhhhhhh, gonna make out lawed cakes shhhhh in my basement,gonna sell them from my back yard in the back no cars go up the alley, who are these people kidding???????its a distraction, to get us soo pi$$ed off we, fight for butter in the streets, theres more to this then see at the moment but were getting smarter ahuh:

It guess it's easier for this somewhat chunky woman to get the rest of the country eating the foods she thinks are beneficial in the quantities she thinks are correct than it is for her to control herself.

Given her expanding physique I can understand why she obsesses about food and exercise but until she manages to slim down herself she should shut up .

Dear Michelle,

If we wanted your opinion on what we should eat we would have asked you. You and every other nosy busy-body should mind your own GD business and stay the hell out of ours.

Yours truly,

The American Taxpayers.

The Cow and her Dimwit Husband need to Butt out of our Lives. Socialist Scumbags. God intended for us to be free, not Shackeled.

Michelle is a Sista from the Southside of Chicago. Girl, I get she can pack a punch!!

Salt is the least of our worries about foot...SUGAR is...and genetically modified food is. Start reading your own labels. What is with the 50+ ingredients in a loaf of bread?..And why so much sugar?..

Do as I say not as I do. Didn't the Obama's feast on lobsters, dripping with butter while on vacation. Didn't Michelle feast on five star meals while on vacation in Spain? Ah Michelle, look over your shoulder, look down, your rear end,, you who!!

 
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