Apparently I wasn't the only one disturbed by the menu at the White House Super Bowl party. Michelle Obama was on the Today Show this morning and talked to Matt Lauer for about 15 minutes covering everything from Egypt to her husband's smoking habit to her efforts to get America moving.
Moving where? To Fatsville, USA? Lauer addressed the disparity between Mrs. Obama's call for Americans to get healthy and the junk food that was served at the White House during the big game.
Mrs. Obama defended the menu, which included cheeseburgers, potato chips, bratwurst, and ice cream, as being a part of life that should be enjoyed.
But where was the balance?
Mrs. Obama says:
I've always talked about balance in this campaign. I do talk openly about my obsession with French fries. ... Life is about good food, at least in America.
Listen, I am totally on board with enjoying all the wonderful foods that America has to offer, from a warm chocolate chip cookie to a steak, medium rare with a side of creamed spinach. But the Super Bowl menu was a chance for Mrs. Obama to show us what she means when she talks about balance.
Of course we don't think they eat like this all the time. If they did, I'm pretty sure we'd see some side effects.
It was a shame that the menu didn't include anything remotely healthy, save for "salad" listed. There are thousands of healthy and delicious snacks that could have been served; it's too bad the White House missed their chance to lead by example.
Here is the video clip of Mrs. Obama's appearance on the Today Show.
What do you think of Mrs. Obama's defense of the Super Bowl menu?
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