Has the First Lady Crossed the Line?
Though I have some issues with the job the President has done thus far I have continued to have respect for Mrs. Obama. Her mission to teach people how to grow their own produce is commendable. More than that it’s admirable.
The White House kitchen garden has inspired thousands of school gardens across the nation. That is a positive not only because it teaches children to have a relationship with their food but because it has helped ease a little of the burden on the cash strapped tax payers in this country.
But. . .
Recently it was revealed that Mrs. Obama has been meeting behind closed doors with the National Restaurant Association (the other NRA) in an attempt to impose her personal views on the menus of tens of thousands of restaurants. The First Lady has tried everything short of having her husband send in the troops. She has spent the past year trying to strong arm restaurant owners to reduce the size of portions and to, in essence, replace everything a child likes to eat with everything they hate.
With all due respect, Mrs. Obama, get your nose out of my menu. Let’s set aside for a moment that this is an egregious infringement on our civil liberties. Let’s also jump over the fact that a non-employee of the federal government is attempting to make US domestic policy. Let’s get straight to the burr under my saddle.
When Mrs. Obama went from setting a positive example of proper diet to mandating proper diet she moved into the category of hypocrite. It’s one thing to wage the war on obesity. It’s a whole different story when you try to force me to follow your example while your husband is auctioning off the nation’s food system to the very people responsible for causing the obesity epidemic.
In 2007 then Senator Obama spoke at the Iowa Democratic Primary Debate saying, “. . . we can also improve the economic engines in a lot of these rural communities, and that is something that I’m absolutely committed to doing as President, but it’s going to require overcoming the excess influence of agribusiness lobbying.” He would go on to say “I don’t take a dime of their [lobbyist] money, and when I am President, they won’t find a job in my White House.”
Well Mr. Obama’s very first hire after his election was to tab Monsanto lobbyist Tom Vilsack to head the USDA. His very first hire mind you. Not White House Chief of Staff, not Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense but Secretary of Agriculture. Campaigns, after all, are not cheap. He has since gone on to place no less than six lobbyists for the agribusiness giant into policy-making positions in the USDA and FDA that directly regulate Monsanto.
Granted Michelle is not responsible for Barry’s business dealings. After all we elected him, not her. However, before Mrs. Obama dare try to force us to reorder our homes she should first take a look at her own.
I believe that in covertly trying to manipulate the populace into changing their eating habits while her own husband continues an unholy alliance with agribusiness is nothing short of hypocrisy. There is nothing worse than a hypocrite for a hypocrite combines all of the distasteful characteristics of a con artist with the self-righteous edicts of a narcissist.
The respect I once had for the First Lady is now gone. I cannot trust someone capable of such hypocrisy. By employing cloak and dagger techniques like this Michelle Obama has done serious damage to her own image. However, it would be easy for Mrs. Obama to earn our trust back. She simply need to publicly admonish the President for hiring Vilsack, Michael Taylor and all those other Monsanto lobbyists. Do that, Mrs. Obama, and you begin to regain our respect; do it not and I must politely ask you to butt out.