Skip to comments.Obama Family Cook Named Policy Adviser
Posted on 07/15/2010 7:13:35 AM PDT by opentalk
In a comical move even for a czar-happy president who has rewarded dozens of cronies with distinguished titles, the White House has named the Obamas personal Chicago cook as Senior Policy Adviser for Healthy Food Initiatives.
Its no joke, even though is sounds like a bad one. The Chicago chefs rapid ascension, reported this week by a conservative Washington D.C. newspaper, has been kept under the radar for the last month. Sam Kass went from being a 20-something, Windy City gourmet cookprivately paid by the Obamas to feed themto big-time White House adviser in a matter of months.
In between, Michelle Obama made Kass a Food Initiative Coordinator for her new healthy nutrition program which is supposed to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation, especially in the nations inner cities. The First Lady claims that childhood obesity is a threat to national security and a crisis equivalent to AIDS and youth violence.
Because its such a dire situation, she has convinced her husbands administration to spend $400 million a year to bring healthy foods to low-income neighborhoods and $10 billion to revise a decades-old federal measure that already feeds tens of millions of poor children at school for free.
This culinary revolution no doubt requires a trusted senior policy adviserlike Kasswho is an expert in healthy cuisine. The First Lady refers to her cook as a partner in crime and says its just pretty powerful to see what started out as talk in her South Side Chicago kitchen turn into a major initiative that hopefully will change the way we think as a country.
Makes you wonder what Kass, who also doubles as a White House chef, has been putting in the Obamas food all these years. Incidentally, the most transparent administration in history doesnt want Americans to know how much the famous family cook earns. Although hes an important administration wonk, Kasss salary is excluded in the Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff because hes considered residence staff and those salaries dont need to be disclosed.
Kass made an appearance on an episode of "Top Chef: DC" to talk about healthy school lunches. The episode aired a few weeks ago.
All hail the new US Granola Czar!
What I want to know is this: Who’s going to made the Czar of Things in General? Man, that sounds like a great gig. Perhaps one of The White House gardners will land that one?
$10B to revise a policy that's working?
Just what we need the FOOD CZAR!!! Somehow I’m guessing we won’t be getting Kobe beef and organic arugula like Barry gets. Barry’s so tired of this guys cooking, he had to take Medvidiv out to Five Guys. You can’t make this Shiite up.
So, this is the guy who made Michelle and her girls fat?
(Michelle said her kids are fat - not me)
Here’s a great solution when you lust for hash-browns and have no taters;)
Crush some potato chips into pan (ridges are best) add a little water and vegetable oil. Heat until the water evaporates and the oil makes the chips crispy again.
p.s. if that is politically incorrect substitute cooked-crackers for hash-browns.
I saw that episode. I’m a Top Chef fan but am less so this season, as BRAVO is apparently turning into a PR machine for the obamas.
Perhaps obesity will become less problematic as Americans will able to afford less food. Then we won’t even have to worry about the vegetable gardens, etc.
"prolly has one of those secret Muslim friendly recipes for pork ribs"
she has convinced her husbands administration to spend $400 million a year to bring healthy foods to low-income neighborhoods and $10 billion to revise a decades-old federal measure that already feeds tens of millions of poor children at school for free.
The government should NEVER be allowed to mandate what we may eat, and how much we are allowed to weigh!!!!
If they do mandate such things, we have totalitarianism!!!!
And the same goes for government control of the Internet, radio, TV, etc.
Caligula names horse as Consul.
I think Bravo is GE owned. Interesting the state dinner gatecrasher will be in a new reality show on Bravo.
Of course, Kass will be expected to kick back a substantial amount of that salary as a re-election campaign donation.
The Obamamarxists have a price tag on every move they make.
Michelle and her younger daughter are getting fatter by the minute.
Once Obamacare kicks in they will try to justify even more food regulations -IMO
“Once Obamacare kicks in they will try to justify even more food regulations -IMO”
After Ronald McDonald, the Campbell Soup kids, Colonel Sanders and the rest of the reactionary dietary criminals are convicted in show trials and moved to re-education camps, the Regime institutes the internationally acclaimed North Korean rapid weight loss diet as mandatory for the prols./sarc
Kass was the Obamas’ personal chef who launched his home-cooking business, Inevitable Table, from his Pilsen residence, in 2007. He also volunteered last year as a chef at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum “Re-thinking Soup” project.
He is part of a University of Chicago network that takes in the Obamas and many of their close friends and associates — some, like Kass, who ended up in Washington.
Kass attended the U. of C. Lab School for high school and some of his elementary years. His father, Robert, a fifth-grade teacher at Lab, taught Malia Obama last year. His mother, Valentine, who lives in Alexandria, Va., is a science educator at the National Science Foundation who, while at the Museum of Science and Industry, was the director of Omnimax productions and programs.
White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett knows Robert Kass from her days when she served on the Lab School board. Susan Sher, Mrs. Obama’s chief of staff, is a past chairwoman of that board.
Karen Duncan, the wife of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, is a former Lab School athletic director who is now working with Kass on encouraging schools to serve healthy school lunches.
It is clearly time to bring back the “Amos and Andy Show,” so that we will know what our “Grand Potentate of the Universe” is really up to at the White House “Mystic Knights of the Sea Lodge.” Check and double check.
interesting that this Chicago group makes sure they are financially taken care of with government funds.
400 MILLION tax payer dollars plus 10 BILLION MORE...for what?
I say it’s nothing more than another giant slush fund for the most criminal executive branch in American history to dole out to yet more cronies and dem politicians. It’s time for this crap to stop!
Yes, that is next.
This is way under reported, MSM reports Michelle Obamas health initiatives as helping kids, Not the price tag to fund it. I thought I read awhile back that she was bored and wanted to be more involved - now she has a project.
I guess that says it all.
Wonder if this little fellow is the one who keeps insisting that the Obamas eat ice cream all the time?
And blacks think the obamas can relate to being black in America. Then again, I’m sure black racist panthers like this because they all wish they had a white boy to order around.
I’ve tried and tried but I can only come up with one way to stop all of this corruption.
Lets Move to ensure that all families have access to healthy, affordable food in their communities.
As part of the Presidents proposed FY 2011 budget, the Administration announced a new program the Healthy Food Financing Initiative — a partnership between the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Agriculture and Health and Human Services which will invest $400 million a year to provide innovative financing to bring grocery stores to underserved areas and help places such as convenience stores and bodegas carry healthier food options. Grants will also help bring farmers markets and fresh foods into underserved communities, boosting both family health and local economies. Through these initiatives and private sector engagement, the Administration will work to eliminate food deserts across the country within seven years.
This Spring, LetsMove.gov will unveil specialized tool kits and strategies to help increase access to healthy, affordable food in communities across the country
Are you in a “Food Desert”? MO wants to “help” you . . .
Let’s Move ^ | Let’s Move
Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2010
MS. BARNES: and to prepare a healthy mealmeals for their student population. So, it includes issues like that. Its received widespread support. Were looking for additional support and additional funding for that. Theres another initiativea big part of thisone of our important goals deals with access to healthy foods and vegetables in communities. There are some communities that are considered food deserts, places where people cant get fresh, nutritious food, where there isnt a grocery store in a mile or two within a persons home.
MR. ALLEN: This isthis is usually inner cities, always inner cities?
MS. BARNES: It actuallyits aboth an urban and a rural problem.
MR. ALLEN: Okay.
MS. BARNES: I think people find that really interesting when they think about rural America they think about farms and access to really
MR. ALLEN: Mm-hmm.
MS. BARNES: wonderful, healthy foods, but there are food deserts in rural areas, as well. What we want to do, and what the President included in his budget is an initiative to levuse public funds to leverage even larger private dollars to put the grocery stores in communities where they dont exist and also some really creative and innovative waysfor example, mobile grocery stores, where youre moving those into communities where theres not a lot of population density
MS. BARNES: but you want to make sure that people have access to those fresh fruits and vegetables.
MR. ALLEN: Fundingits not a small thing, but in addition to funding, is there anything specific youre asking Congress to do? Are you trytrying to change any laws or just behavior?
MS. BARNES: Well, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill is a key example.
Again, by providing additional resources for school breakfasts and school lunch, to make sure that theyre meeting the nutritional guidelines, reduced amounts of sugars and salt and other things, and the portions that were serving children at school. You know, weve been involved in the school lunch and breakfast program since World War II. So, thats an area where the federal government actually has a role and has had a role for many, many decades. So, thats an area that we think is very important and we hope Congress will act on, along with the resources for the healthy food financing initiative that I also mentioned.
“What they mean by a food desert is an urban area where there are no grocery stores left.
This is about giving more free stuff to well-fare crowd.”
“Enticing or forcing food chains to re-open or build new stores in areas they abandoned years ago. They left because they couldn’t afford the high cost of business in these areas. Shoplifting, burglary, and armed robberies made it too expensive to have stores in these area.
The only goal of this program is to retain the obama vote.”
posted by maine yankee
Seriously, in what alternative universe did I wake up today?
Can I have a reset button, please?
“Interesting the state dinner gatecrasher will be in a new reality show on Bravo.”
Yes. I remember that there was some kind of TV crew there at the time. Is there a line between this obama administration and the pop culture entertainment industry? I don’t think so.
How could cooking potato chips be less PC than cooking white people?
If the survival of our country weren't at stake, it would be a comedy.
If the survival of our country weren't at stake, it would be a comedy.
I would settle for Secretary of Balloon Doggies ;)
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