Michelle Obama is proud of ruining lunch for millions of American children, and she’s very offended that Republicans are trying to make it easier for schools to opt out of the new standards.
At a roundtable at the White House this afternoon with nutrition experts and school administrators, Obama praised the new guidelines and disparaged Republican efforts to undercut them.
‘This is unacceptable,’ Obama said.
The event is an unusual move for the first lady, who has largely stayed away from policy fights since she lobbied for congressional passage of the child nutrition law that gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to make reforms to the school lunch program in 2010.
Sam Kass, director of Mrs. Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to combat childhood obesity, said a Republican bill that would allow schools to opt out of the standards is ‘a real assault’ on administration efforts to make foods healthier for kids.
Not everyone agrees, especially those expected to eat the food.
More than a million students have stopped buying school lunches since Congress approved changes to the program, Agricultural Department data shows.
‘The food provided as school lunch is not even edible. My 5-year old isn’t picky and she cries if we accidentally forget to pack her lunch,’ Kansas City area resident Jaye Anne Isom-Moloski told Fox 4. (Read More)
This is just another example of a government that is too big abusing its power. When did the government dictating what people eat become acceptable? Oh yeah, when people started expecting the government to take care of them. Expect this sort of overreach to get worse in the years to come.
Update: Lucky for the Obama daughters, they are not subjected to the lunches that have left so many school children disgusted and hungry.
While the Obama daughters have enjoyed dishes like chicken coconut soup, local butternut squash soup, crusted tilapia, they also get their fill of what Mrs. Obama might consider junk food.
This week, for example, they’ll enjoy meatball subs, BBQ wings, and ice cream, in addition to chicken curry, deviled egg salad and the intriguing “Chef’s Choice.”
Sidwell Friends has even been rated the #1 School Lunch program in America.