Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

Michelle Obama’s Nutritional Finger-Waggling

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Setting Her Back?

On Monday night’s renewal of the Jay Leno show, Michelle Obama appeared along with Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas, and as the discussion went on, Douglas mentioned eating a celebratory Egg McMuffin from McDonalds.  Self-appointed National Nutrition Czar Michelle Obama, who enjoys telling everybody on the planet what to eat, chided Douglas over the choice. I realize this was said mainly in jest, but frankly, Michelle Obama needs to shut the hell up.  Gabby Douglas needs Michelle Obama as a nutrition adviser like I need her husband as an automobile consultant.  “No, I don’t want an exploding electric car, Mr. President.” There’s something wrong with the Obamas, and it comes down to their desire to run the lives of others, but more than this, there is something unseemly about a woman who has no accomplishments of note(beyond marrying a guy who was elected President,) counseling or even jokingly chiding an Olympian about her choices of foods.

Really, what the hell has Michelle Obama ever accomplished?  She was an attorney for a while, and she served in some positions in Chicago that appeared to have been little more than political favors to her husband.  Apart from that, and apart from spending millions of taxpayer dollars on her seemingly endless string of vacations, I can’t imagine what has qualified the lady to give any sort of nutritional advice to anyone, never mind an Olympian who has managed to train her whole life long and win Olympic glory all without the help of Michelle Obama.  There were no quotas, no set-asides, and no special favors for Gabby Douglas, her only way forward and up to the top available having been to achieve it by her own efforts.  She didn’t obtain  Olympic fame and fortune by marrying a gymnastics judge.

I have no problem with first spouses who are accomplished in their own right.  I think it’s terrific to see First Ladies becoming involved in various causes, but they shouldn’t have any official power, and in truth, they shouldn’t have any role in governance because we don’t elect them.  Until Hillary Clinton, most first ladies tended to restrain themselves to charitable activities and voluntary efforts, more or less, but something was wrong with Hillary Clinton becoming involved in health-care plans, just as  there’s something wrong with Michelle Obama nattering-on about nutrition.  Hillary Clinton is not a medical professional, an insurance professional, and at the time, she hadn’t been elected to anything.  Similarly, Michelle Obama is not a nutritionist, knows damnably little about food beyond consuming it, but certainly little about its production, and yet here she chastises the Olympian?    Of course, she also toured Army posts earlier this year examining their dining facilities, and what nutrition is available to our soldiers, as if the Army needs her advice or direction.

I’m tired of this nonsense.  I’m tired of her fake wisdom and her husband’s fake Presidency.  For the better part of four years, we have had to listen to these two self-aggrandized nit-wits chiding the nation over this or that, but frankly, it’s time for them to shut the hell up.  At every turn, here they are to remind us of a ruling family in some tin-pot dictatorship, like Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos of the Philippines, and while we can guess than Michelle doesn’t have 2700 pair of shoes, she does seem to have a thing for belts.  I don’t believe the American people hired Barack Obama to provide a nutrition consultant in the form of his wife, and I don’t think the American people need any more lectures on the evils of oil.  It’s long past time for these two to leave the White House, and be stricken from the American memory in the same way we have tried to forget James and Rosalyn Carter.

The next time I see Michelle Obama doing anything athletically, gracefully, and with extraordinary discipline, it will be the first, but until then, she should leave the nutritional concerns of our Olympians, our soldiers, and indeed our entire nation to qualified parties.  When I notice how emaciated Barack appears, I wonder how well she’s looking after her own family’s nutrition. In stark contrast, like the champion she is, Gabby Douglas handled the situation with good humor, and her gracious approach sits well with her Olympic achievement.  It’s too bad we don’t have a First Lady with similar grace and class.





Making Mess of Mess-Halls

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Approval of the Queen?

You can’t call them “Mess Halls” any longer, but the term may be making a comeback, since the Army has taken to restructuring its dining facilities so as to make them healthier. Here we have a bunch of do-gooders inflicting their ideas about nutrition on the Armed Forces. Living nearby Fort Hood, I’ve had an opportunity to ask a few soldiers about their view of all this, and it isn’t generally pleasant. Gone are the days of basic training mess-halls in which the object was to get in, consume all you could in as short a time as possible, and get out before some Drill Sergeant decided a soldier was taking too long. No, now they have “dining facilities” and the food is label with color-coded warnings as to its nutritional value. According to CNS News, the same people who didn’t like our color-coded Terror Alert system are now inflicting it on soldiers’ meals.

Of course, you might have guessed by now that Michelle Obama has been involved, and true to form, the First Lady is happy to project her own notions about nutrition on others.  In this case, dietitian Lt. Colonel Sonya Cable is pushing a different “green initiative,” as it is her job to see to it that the old mess-halls become richer in vegetables, and poorer in fried foods.  This is the sort of nonsense we now have in the military, as the truth is that trainees in Army Basic Training should be consuming calories at a rate that makes vegetables a poor choice for the new recruits.  They need to pack in all the calories in a meal they can get, except for the relative handful that should be viewing basic training as an opportunity to burn off excess.

Cable’s thinking is to come up with a color system to label foods that pushes healthy food, with a system of labels.  Red is for the fried foods, and sweets, amber is for the middle-of-the-road dishes, and green is for the things that are viewed as the best alternatives, but even with this system, there’s some realization that this may not be entirely feasible:

“I had some folks say to me, ‘Well, why on earth did you even include the red ones to begin with?’  Two reasons – one, we’ve got soldiers who have racehorse metabolisms that they needed every calorie I could get into them.  And by taking off the ‘red’ we just found that we couldn’t get enough calories in them.”

No kidding.  Welcome to the real Army, Colonel.  Of course, reading some of her other thoughts, it became clear to me that this is one Army officer who probably doesn’t understand much about soldiering from the perspective of the recruits going through Basic Training at Fort Jackson or elsewhere.  Trainees don’t sit on their duffs for eight hours, do physical training once or twice per week, and then go home to sit on their backsides for the evening.  Why this didn’t dawn on Lt. Col. Cable is another matter, but then you realize she’s in tune with Washington-speak, when she reflects on her previous visit to Ft. Jackson:

“My eyes got opened very quickly that it really is a community,” she said, about her visit to Fort Jackson, S.C. seven years ago to observe its dining facilities.  “We talk about a village that raises a child.  Well a community develops a brand new soldier, too. And that’s what we found there.”

Now the liberal planners are designing nutrition programs for the Army.  Perfect!  That explains a great deal, because they’re more interested in fads popular with DC social circles than in what actually works.  Cable took the First Lady on a guided tour of a dining facility at Ft. Jackson in January, and she reports that this program that started with basic training sites has now spread to other training facilities.  In short order, this will spread throughout the services, and one more part of Obama’s fundamental transformation will have been completed.  The liberal mindset must tinker with everything, and that Michelle Obama is even distantly involved should encourage us to pause on the subject in reflection about the direction of our military, and its purpose.

The Obama Vaca-o-thon

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

How the 0.000001% Lives

Forgive me if I seem upset.  I know the job of President can be stressful and taxing(and with this clown, taxing in more ways than one,) but I must ask about the tally of the Obama family vacations.  I will grant you that in the entirety of my adult life(I’m now 46,) if I include even the three-day honeymoon I took with my wife, I can come up with exactly six vacations, totaling 46 days, thus making me atypical, but sixteen in three years?  That’s living pretty well on our dime, if you ask me.  What is particularly irksome to me is that in many of these cases, the President isn’t present, so we’re paying for security for three-fourths of the first family, plus friends, relatives, and all the rest with a frequency that has become obnoxious.  Michelle Antoinette ought to give it a rest, because while I don’t begrudge her a vacation, and in fact hope she gets a life-long vacation next January, I think it’s well past time that somebody speak up about this.

I’ve done a little calculation based on the numbers made public after these trips, and I have concluded that Michelle Obama is spending more on security alone per hour than I have spent on the total of those six vacations I’ve taken over the last twenty-eight years.  That’s obscene, and any self-respecting person in that position would know it, and particularly in this crushingly bad economic condition, when we measure every gallon of fuel we’re expending, I’m betting that her travels required more in a single trip in dollars worth of fuel than most families will make in 2012.

Even when they vacation together, there’s the spectacle of taking separate planes.  Why?  Why can’t they travel together?  Why can’t they share a ride, as they extol us with the virtues of energy efficiency?  I’ll tell you what I believe: If you ever saw the cast of characters traveling in Michelle Obama’s proximity, you’d probably understand. On Air Force One?  With the press in tow?  Not a chance. Her trip to Spain alone included dozens of friends and family. Why in Hell are w paying for all of this?

As I said, I don’t mind in general, but this has gotten out of hand.  Michelle Obama’s penchant for expensive getaways is looking more like welfare by the day.  You get your foodstamps, while she jets off to exotic lands in a state of comfort and security that 99.9999999% of us will never know.  She’s not the 1%.  She’s the 0.00000001%, and not because of anything she’s done.  Her name was on no ballot.  Sure, she probably helped get a few votes here or there, but nobody was voting to make Michelle Obama the Queen, at least as far as I know.

It would be better if she focused on her vegetable garden, or something that requires no more travel than her own two feet can do, apart from her travels with the President.  This is an obscene waste of tax-payer dollars, and if she wasn’t another lefty elitist, she’d have some idea of how offensive this really is to tax-payers like me.

In November, we’re going to have to clip her wings a bit, or at least issue her tickets with expiration dates.  This has gone from tasteless to absurd.



Barack and Michelle: The Real Bitter Clingers

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Masters of All They Survey

It’s not often that a first couple undergoes the sort of thorough public admonishment the Obamas experienced this weekend, but to be perfectly honest, most Americans now think it’s been long overdue.  You might retort that he still has approval in the mid-forties, but I would simply remind you that I did specify: “Americans.”  You see, back in 2008, when Barack Obama spoke on the campaign trail about “bitter clingers,” he was appealing to his base of support, and they’re not Americans like you or me.  They’re special, and smarter, and they don’t cling to religion or guns(but they rely upon government for the latter.)  When Michelle Obama said she had never been proud of her country until her husband had been nominated, it tells you something about the sort of misguided anger that lives within both the President and the First Lady.

That Chris Matthews broke down and told the truth about Barack, or that a crowd of NASCAR fans booed Michelle really isn’t surprising, but that it took this long for the back-lash to really begin to boil over is the only thing that’s been remarkable.  The Obamas are not the sort to go quietly.  As I’ve mentioned in another context, Democrats never do.  Instead, Barack and Michelle will cling to their leftist playbook and their offices, and milk them for all that they’re worth.

Many of us knew something was wrong with this pair when they first started to publicly describe their beliefs.  They don’t fit, and despite the shrill assertions of the left, it really has absolutely nothing to do with race.  It’s not their skin color that makes them so out of place, but their committed disdain for the American people.  In truth, I suspect that if there is a racist element to any of this, it exists on the Obamas’ side of the ledger.  From the very start, Americans were happy to see that our nation had advanced to the point that old racial barriers had been removed at long last.  In 2008, Barack Obama went to victory, and in 2010, two African-American Republicans were elected to house seats.  In 2012, another African-American rose to be the front-runner in the race for that party’s nomination, and as of this writing,  he’s still in the hunt.  Meanwhile, what the Obamas have demonstrated is a certain contempt for the American people, by their constant attempt to change our way of life, but our recognition of this fact has precisely nothing whatever to do with race.

Do you like hamburgers?  So does Michelle Obama, whenever she thinks no cameras are around, but she wants to decide for you whether you should have one, how they must be prepared, and what should go on them.  What is the obsession with the way Americans eat?  She claims she’s interested in fighting childhood obesity, but most of us know that  problem is best confronted by parents.  Not satisfied to leave the rearing and feeding of our children to our discretion, the Obama administration has twisted arms of restaurant chain management to tell them how to change their menus.  One could only imagine the reaction if one of those companies dared say: “Get bent.”  Of course, at the same time Michelle tells us how to live as she jets around the globe spending millions of tax-dollars for herself and her extensive entourage, claiming her children as “senior staff,” one can only wonder what motivates Barack.

What Matthews said about the president is just the tip of the iceberg, and his own words confirm it.  There’s something unseemly about a president whose every reflex leads him to reject the sentiment and will of the American people.  What Obama seems to offer is the scolding, waggling finger of an uncle who you tolerate only because you must, but otherwise would have long ago sent packing.  He doesn’t like America, at least as founded, and he’s out to remake it in an image most Americans reject.  It has taken three brutal years to expend the patience of the American people, but time is running out, and with the disastrous state of the country, Americans have grown weary of the excuses and the blaming of predecessors.  Obama needs a new scapegoat, and he’s looking to Congress to provide it.  One must wonder if all those years listening to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s liberation theology claptrap hasn’t rubbed off on Obama.   The American people didn’t want the health-care reform concocted in the Senate, but he signed it anyway.  The American people didn’t want our involvement in Libya, much as we detested Gaddafi for all he had done.  The American people, once educated on the issue, didn’t favor the 2009 stimulus, or the green jobs initiatives or any of the myriad regulations he has signed.

“God Damn America?”  Reverend Wright may have been onto something when he said “America’s chickens are coming home to roost,”  although I reject his contextual explanation.  After fifty years of propaganda in public schools and media combined with an endless leftward agitation from the radicals, it has added up to a situation in which America does now indeed seem damned, though not because God said so, but instead because Barack Obama is making it so.  We can all pretend that it isn’t so bad as we feared, but the events of this weekend suggest it’s getting far worse.  The markets are in turmoil, and we’re looking down the barrel of another credit rating downgrade, such that it seems improbable that things will turn around any time soon. Many Americans are hanging on hoping that 2012 will bring a new election and a different result, but the frightening part is that the Obamas may turn out to have been the ultimate bitter clingers:  Angry at America and embittered by our rejection of them, they will cling to their ideology and their power, that pair of gods they worship which may yet damn the rest of us.

Bad Day in Obamaville;Michelle Jeered at NASCAR Race

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

I'm Just THRILLED to be here!

I knew this was coming.  When I first read she would be the grand marshal for NASCAR’s season finale, I knew it would be trouble.  After her husband was summarily unclothed as the naked emperor he is by Chris Matthews, Michelle Obama found herself being booed at the last race of the NASCAR season in Florida on Sunday.  Ordinarily, I don’t like it when the family of politicians are dragged into the mix, but then again, she was present as a largely political move.  More, this First Lady has been outspoken on a number of occasions with respect to the country, so that it’s more than predictable that a patriotic NASCAR crowd would have this reaction.  With all that has gone wrong under her husband’s administration, the First Lady has taken on an increasingly difficult job of facing demonstrably more hostile crowds.  This might be a good time to reconsider that whole business about telling us what we should eat.  It’s taken on an air of that infamous “let them eat cake” line of legend, and NASCAR fans were decidedly unhappy with her appearance.  It’s been a rough day for the Obamas, but of course, it’s been a rougher three years for the country.  I’ll shed a crocodile tear or two on the First Lady’s behalf right after I see the bill for her last vacation at our expense.

Once again, H/T Breitbart on the Video:

The sooner they move out of the White House, the happier most Americans will be.  The media has been carrying water for these people for far too long.  Their arrogance has begotten contempt from many Americans, and this is simply one more sign that it’s time for the Obamas to return home to Chicago in 2012.