Before we get to the topic o’the day, I’ll just mention that Sskar has bought a tasty-looking dish to the potluck table–might be the perfect dish for any New Year festivities this weekend. Check it out!
If you don’t wish to read me rant, please feel free to skip it and come back tomorrow when I’ll be perkier. I promise. The last thing I want to do is to turn this into a political blog, but there are times when political figures do things that cross over my line in the sand and I just can’t help myself.
In this case, it’s Sarah Palin’s latest jab at First Lady Michelle Obama. Apparently, Palin was preparing to make S’mores for her family (and all of America via her “reality” TV show), when she quipped: “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert.”
Not funny, IMO, but not detestable all by itself. The thing is, it’s the second shot she’s taken at Mrs. Obama’s participation in the effort to fight childhood obesity. Palin also said recently, that Mrs. Obama “is telling us she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat.”
Oh, where to start, where to start….
First of all, Mrs. Obama didn’t say WE shouldn’t have dessert. What she said was:
“In the afternoon, there was no way we’d be allowed to lie around the house watching TV. Our parents made us get up and play outside. As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right.”
She’s describing HER background and HER (and one assumes the president’s) dinner table philosophy. I’ve been all through the Let’s Move sight (twice!) and I haven’t found a single mandate against dessert. I did, however, see lots of suggestions and encouragement intended to engage everyone–parents, kids, school administrators, community leaders, and health care providers–in helping kids make better food choices and increase exercise.
I’m tempted to write that Sarah Palin says kids should eat junk food regularly or that Sarah Palin doesn’t care if children have heart attacks and die. But that’s not what she said, and I don’t twist people’s words. Not intentionally, anyway. One thing I can be reasonably sure of: I wouldn’t try to score “cute-sy” political points on the backs of the nation’s children.
“Michelle Obama’s not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government’s desires on people,” Huckabee said. “She’s stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country.”
He added: “The first lady’s campaign is on target.”
I never thought I’d be agreeing with Mike Huckabee, but there you have it. (Interesting that he and Palin are currently considered among the front-runners for the 2012 Republican presidential slate.)
I’m excited about programs like Let’s Move and the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-free Kids Act of 2010. This push for better health for our kids is important for them, and it’s important for the health of our country. Like so many others, I have concerns about specific aspects of the programs that will be unveiled over the next few years, and I have no problem with discussion and debate over how to achieve the goals most effectively. But we ought to be able to do it without misrepresentation and potshots.
Or else it might seem like some sort of personal vendetta.
There, I feel all better now. Especially since I just heard a news blurb that we should “expect temps in the 70s.” Must go check this out!