Ed Driscoll

Visualize Whirled Peas

Mister, we’ve got a man like Michael Dukakis again:

“Eat Your Peas” Government is a euphemism for the Nanny State, for the government which assumes that the great bulk of citizens are simply too childlike or stupid to be able to be trusted to make their own decisions about… well… anything.  William Safire famously referred to 1988 Democrat presidential candidate Michael Dukakis as an Eat Your Peas politician for being such a scold, and the term stuck.

Will history strike twice? Bumper stickers are available in the lobby.

Speaking of which, back in November, Kyle Smith quoted this item:

One staffer was conspicuously overweight. The president, in an incident that Wolffe believes proves how caring the man is, took it upon himself to present the aide with a salad for lunch — “then listened to him protest that he could take care of his own health. ‘I love you, man,’ Obama said. ‘I want you to look after yourself. Eat the salad.’ ”

After being caught in the midst of a substantial caloric binge, will the president be proffering the same advice to this key staffer as well?