Originally posted at American Thinker. blog
Wonder if the First Lady monitored portions at the Super Bowl Sunday Bratwurst Fest, because the woman who put double-stuffed potatoes on the menu is about to dictate what is sanctioned on restaurant menus across America.
After filling school vending machines with substances no self-respecting kid would ever eat and after bossing around food makers, rewriting nutrition labels, and attempting to worm her way into cupboards, refrigerators and grocery carts, Michelle is one forkful away from dictating the foods restaurants are allowed to put on your plate. According to White House and industry officials:
A team of advisers to the First Lady has been holding private talks over the past year with the National Restaurant Association, a trade group, in a bid to get restaurants to adopt her goals of smaller portions and children’s meals that include offerings healthier than French fries and soda.
Michelle is uneasy over other people’s children consuming “more saturated fat and less fiber and calcium when they eat out.” As a result, the President’s spouse is challenging restaurants to toss out old menu options and alter recipes to “give parents the confidence” to do what the she herself has yet to do – “go into any restaurant in this country and choose a genuinely healthy meal” for herself or her daughters.
In short, the woman with a notoriously voracious appetite who feeds her daughters fried food is preparing to usurp parental authority, wrestle French fries from the hands of sobbing children, and establish herself as the sole authority over “Hav[ing] pie and eat[ing] dressing.”
The problem with the whole scenario is that while the First Lady’s advisors were “holding private talks” with the National Restaurant Association, she spent the last 12 months partaking of foodie adventures and paying no attention to quantity, calories, sugar, fat or sodium content.
During last year’s tasting tour of NYC the “FLOTUS ate at Grimaldi’s pizzeria in Brooklyn and Dinosaur Bar-B-Q in Harlem,” and dropped in on Magnolia Bakery and Dylan’s Candy Bar.
In April, Michelle Obama and hubby “landed in the Blue Ridge Mountains and made a quick stop at Twelve Bones Smokehouse …the first couple ate ribs, macaroni and cheese, greens, baked beans, corn bread and corn pudding and washed it down with sweet tea.”
In Panama City, Florida it was: “tuna appetizer and a course of fried oysters [and] lobster.” Sasha had mommy-approved pasta Alfredo … the President New York Strip and shrimp” followed by a full round of crème brûlée for all. At Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, “First Lady Michelle Obama ordered a Hot Fudge Sundae with no whipped cream and extra fudge.” Little Sasha had a “genuinely healthy” cup of Cake Batter Oreo.
There was cholesterol-laden lobster and ice cream in Spain, lobster, corn and slaw and Mt. Desert Ice Cream in Maine, and lobster tempura, the Sweet Life Café, and Mad Martha’s Ice Cream Shop on Martha’s Vineyard.
Then foie gras, lobster lasagna, and soy-braised short ribs at Alan Wong’s in Hawaii, and for a home cooked meal for Super Bowl Sunday, “Bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, deep-dish pizza and Buffalo wings with sides of German potato salad, twice-baked potatoes and assorted chips, dips and ice cream.”
Michelle’s 2010 food inventory is not even close to being comprehensive and yet this woman feels she has the authority to deny Americans the right to choose the quantity and content of what we eat? If the tasting tourist queen of barbeque and hot fudge sundaes gets her way, no more “abbondanza” for anyone but those fortunate enough to be dining with Michelle.
This was a fun food read, Jeannie. Now, FLOTUS, let me go drink my coffee with cream, but no sugar!
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