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Belladonna Rogers

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December 22, 2011 - 9:45 am

“First Lady” Michelle Obama isn’t winning any of those “most admired women” awards that routinely went to Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and Barbara and Laura Bush.  Her cognitive dissonance and ill-concealed  – not to mention uncontrolled — urge to meddle in our and our children’s lives makes her a little too radioactive to be either admired or even tolerated by the majority of freedom-loving Americans.

Well, she’s at it again, this time telling Los Angeles public school children what they may and may not eat for lunch.   Mrs. Obama’s tastes run to the latest in food fads, as reported by NRO’s Michelle Malkin:

In response to the public hectoring and financial inducement of Mrs. Obama’s federally subsidized anti-obesity campaign, the district dropped chicken nuggets, corn dogs and flavored milk from the menu for “beef jambalaya, vegetable curry, pad Thai, lentil and brown rice cutlets, and quinoa and black-eyed pea salads.”

In principle, that doesn’t sound so bad, at least to an adult.  In practice, however, the intended diners, the children themselves, reacted negatively:

While the Obama administration has showered the nation’s second-largest school district with nutrition awards, thousands of students voted with their upset tummies and abandoned the program. A forbidden-food black market — stoked not just by students, but also by teachers — is now thriving. Moreover, “(p)rincipals report massive waste, with unopened milk cartons and uneaten entrees being thrown away.”

But the entire exercise in changing the children’s eating habits was not Mrs. Obama’s real goal.

No, it turns out that Mrs. Obama’s whole apparent scheme, improving the nutritional lives of the students, was all a ruse. The real beneficiaries were intended to be — surprise, surprise! — a major Obama-supporting union:

And the biggest beneficiaries of her efforts over the past three years have been her husband’s deep-pocketed pals at the Service Employees International Union. There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU represents tens of thousands of those workers and is trying to unionize many more at all costs.

Michelle Malkin concludes her appropriately devastating condemnation of Mrs. Obama’s immoral, low-life machinations as follows:

Early next year, Mrs. Obama will use the “success” of her child nutrition campaign to hawk a new tome and lobby for more money and power in concert with her husband’s re-election campaign. It’s a recipe for more half-baked progressivism served with a side order of bitter arugula.

No wonder only five per cent of respondents in the most recent Gallup poll of admired women chose Michelle Obama.  She finished fourth, behind Hillary, Sarah Palin and Oprah.  How she got to fourth is beyond me.

Belladonna Rogers is a close observer of international and domestic affairs.
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