On This One Kudos To Michelle Obama

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA

Forgive me if my sarcasm is obvious. However, don't rational people have more important things to single out and criticize the FLOTUS for than her efforts to heighten awareness over the dangers of obesity. Particularly within the young? Sure she has had an occasional ice cream, maybe her taste for the sweeter things in life are legendary. So what? At least she is attempting to to do the right thing. Not unlike the conservatives that have preached fidelity {or abstinence for teens} and them practiced the opposite, or whose children have failed to abstain as they preached.

And I am willing to bet the FLOTUS is in a helluva lot better shape than say, Karl Rove or Rush Limbaugh.

Okay, so lets consider the information just a moment. Admittedly the following information is from CNN, certainly not your bastion of conservative thought. Consider it as data, then do the work to verify it as reliable information.

Sarah Palin, that golden gal of Republican and Tea Party enthusiasts has found it appropriate to criticize the FLOTUS over her anti obesity campaign. Alluding to the idea that Michelle Obama is somehow advocating that "big brother {sister} government knows best how your kids ought to eat.

Here's the data in excerpts from the CNN Politics; political ticker.

It's not the first time Palin has taken a job at Mrs. Obama over her campaign to discourage fattening foods, especially from public schools. The former vice presidential nominee told conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham last month that "the first lady cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat."
Palin also hand-delivered cookies to a Pennsylvania school last month before delivering a speech there, saying: "Who should be deciding what I eat? Should it be government or should it be parents? It should be the parents."
Palin's comments Sunday appear to be in reference to a speech Michelle Obama delivered in July, during which she described her own upbringing when it came to food and exercise.
"In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV," she told the NAACP in a Kansas City speech. "Our parents made us get up and play outside."
"As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right," she added.
Nowhere do I see Mrs. Obama suggesting the responsibility for children's eating habits to rest with the government. Rather I see her saying it is the parents responsibility to guide their children. The fact she is taking a leadership role in educating is admirable. It seems to me to be precisely the position Mrs. Palin has enunciated.

On the surface that's how I see it. I intend to do some more research on the entire picture as I am sure you intend to do as well if this sort of thing is of concern to you.

Via: Memeorandum

Update: Outside the Beltway offers the following analysis of Mrs. Palin's remarks.
I generally don’t care very much what First Ladies do; they weren’t elected and the whole “power behind the throne” image that the Clintons conveyed during their first few years in office is one that made me, and I gather many other Americans, just a little bit uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I’ve always thought that the various charitable and public service activities that First Ladies have engaged in are harmless at worst, and possibly beneficial. Laura Bush brought attention to the problem of illiteracy in the U.S. and around the world, as well as the plight of women in Afghanistan under the Taliban. Michelle Obama is choosing to focus on a public education campaign to educate parents about the woeful state of child nutrition, especially in some of America’s poorest communities. To the extent that’s all she’s doing and not engaging in the type of Nanny State-ism we’re seeing in California, where municipalities are banning Happy Meals, I really don’t have a problem with it.
Is Palin actually saying she’s against child nutrition and against providing information to parents? Or is she just taking cheap shots at Michelle Obama?


  1. Could have sworn this was a conservative site, not the Church of the Obamas.

  2. You would have to have put Sarah Palin's remarks (at least on her TV show) in context. She was making smores by the campfire in one episode. In the episode that aired this week, she bought her daughter Piper a treat. The remark was very off-the-cuff. I didn't actually take it as a jab, just something a mom would say to her daughter or her family. Much ado about nothing. I personally agree with Sarah Palin; hands off what I feed my kids! If your kids are whiny monsters who won't take no for an answer, whose problem is that? YOURS! My kids are not fat, so an occasional trip to McD's for a treat is well within my rights. We don't go every day; we don't even go every week. Average is maybe once a month, so I hardly think my children's health is in danger. Mrs. Obama may be trying to do what SHE thinks is "the right thing", but to many parents who DO responsibly care for their kids, her efforts smack of Big Brother.

  3. Seems you just don't like Sarah Palin... As for me, I agree. I don't need the Govt telling me how to raise my kids! In fact, it would do far better if the Govt could show me that it is capable of doing their job right!!!

  4. FelixAndAva - I can assure you I am not a member of the "Church of the Obamas", having done my share of hammering the "Impostor in Chief", and on occasion the FLOTUS.

    Occasionally my independent conservatism shows. Is that a bad think? Did our founding Fathers have differences, often vehemently? Just sayin.

    The thing about labels, at least in MHO, is they can get in the way every so often.

  5. Mom2mykids - You make valid observations. Ones that certainly no responsible parent would argue with.

    Personally I happen to think there are far more important issues to address {or make off the cuff remarks on} in this republic of ours by potential candidates than this one.

    I also do not believe the FLOTUS advocating healthy diets for youth of America is a bad thing. 45 years ago when I was just in my early teens there were vary few overweight or obese kids. Look around today and at the statistics. Any effort that helps adults to understand the dangers obesity presents to their children is fine by me. From any quarter.

    The root of problem of course is not with the kids. It rests with their adult parents. This issue in my mind is as important as the "Just Say No Campaign" of another FLOTUS a few years back.

  6. John - This has absolutely 0 to do with liking or disliking anyone. And I will leave it at that.

  7. @Felix. You must not have been reading here long. So-called "independent conservative" Les hates and obsesses about Sarah Palin more than Media Matters does. His entries are the one blight on an otherwise stellar blog.


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