This will come as fantastic news to schoolchildren across America.
First Lady Michelle Obama appears to have abandoned, at least for now, her oft-criticized “Let’s Move” initiative to promote exercise and healthy eating among the nation’s youth, halting public appearances and statements related to the program.
Mrs. Obama does not appear to have done anything much to personally publicize the initiative in more than four months – since she released a video in early September welcoming children back to school and telling them about the “healthy, delicious new choices” on school lunch menus. In August she had a “Kids’ State Dinner” at the White House to showcase healthy eating.
Michelle’s exit from the Let’s Move campaign coincided with growing reports and a widely circulated satirical video alleging that the new food guidelines were leaving children hungry. The bad publicity clashed with President Obama’s efforts to stir support among young voters for his candidacy. Many of Obama’s campaign events were held at high schools – presumably among students who might have been attending rallies on relatively empty stomachs.
As WHD points out, the decision may have had more to do with a lack of political contributions from the food industry, than a sudden revelation that people should have personal choices and responsibility in this country.
Meanwhile, as our students make the crucial decision between carrots and a slice of ham, or salad dribbled in feta, the Obama’s continue to shovel ultra-high calorie items into their mouths at lunch time.
A recent report on the White House inaugural luncheon had one full serving ringing in at over 3,000 calories.
Do as they say, not as they do… Perhaps no more?