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Why Michelle Obama Should Stay Out of Restaurants
The Stir ^ | September 15, 2010 | Julie Ryan Evans

Posted on 09/16/2010 1:38:02 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Earlier this week, First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the National Restaurant Association with stern advice about the fare they should serve up -- less butter and cream, fewer fries.

“I’m not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business,” she said. “But what I am asking is that you consider reformulating your menu in pragmatic and incremental ways to create healthier versions of the foods that we all love."

She also gave them advice on advertising.

“It’s not enough just to limit ads for foods that aren’t healthy," she said. "It’s also going to be critical to increase marketing for foods that are healthy."

A little bossy don't you think?

It's part of her ongoing mission to improve the nutrition of children in this country, which is admirable. She's brought a lot of awareness to the problem of school lunches and childhood obesity, and I am right there with her in the outrage about our nation's unhealthy eating habits.

But she should stay out of restaurants.

Restaurants are where we go to take a break, to celebrate special occasions and occasionally get some relief from cooking. They should be places to enjoy, those in which we do indulge sometimes. While I may never fry cheese in my own home, I might go wild and get my kids some while dining out some night. Big deal.

We don't rely on restaurants for our basic nutritional needs, rather they fill in here and their in our otherwise healthy diet.

If you do rely on restaurants to provide most of your meals then perhaps their menus could be problematic -- but that's an individual problem of eating out too often that individuals need to address, not one for restaurants to solve. Their job is to attract customers, after all.

And most restaurants have upped efforts to offer healthy fare. If you order right, you can go into most any restaurant in the country and get a healthy meal if you look for it ... if you order it. Just because the fries are more tempting to you than the cottage cheese shouldn't really be the problem of restaurants.

It's different in school cafeterias where our children eat regularly. Those choices should be regulated and as healthy we can make them, because, like at home, that fare is standard part of their diets.

Restaurant food doesnt' have to be, and when I do choose to dine out, if I want heavy cream in a dish, then I want heavy cream.

Do you think Michele Obama has any business telling restaurants what to do with theirs?


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Who has the money to eat out at a restaurant in this economy? And since when does the president's spouse serve as a government official who can browbeat business owners and tell different industries what to do? Is the Romania, East Germany or North Korea?
1 posted on 09/16/2010 1:38:07 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And every time we see the Obama family out on the town, they're eating health food, right?

No, they're eating cheeseburgers, fries, and ice cream.

Say one thing, do another. The Gospel of Alinsky. They can't help themselves.

2 posted on 09/16/2010 1:41:07 AM PDT by FlyVet (")
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To: FlyVet

Maybe they should start with a ‘Healthy’ Food stamps program. No more fatty food allowed to be bought with food stamps. Only veggies and rice. I wonder how that would go over with the ‘base’.


3 posted on 09/16/2010 1:44:05 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (counter revolutionary)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why is it that everytime I see a photo of Moochelle she is sucking down an ice cream cone? She needs to butt out of the restaurant scene and for that matter everything else.


4 posted on 09/16/2010 1:44:59 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

5 posted on 09/16/2010 1:45:38 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I love it when she throws her weight around. Something for the restaurant association/owners/staff to think about when they vote.


6 posted on 09/16/2010 1:46:03 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was wondering about Lobster tails.

They sale them for $6.99 per lb in the grocery store.
I don’t know there origin though, doesn’t say like other seafood does.

Cheaper than local crab even.

So I was wondering if the Lobster market (read somewhere it dropped out back east, don’t know if that is true) tanked does the Lobster in resteraunts drop too?

I doubt it, just a thought.


7 posted on 09/16/2010 1:46:30 AM PDT by Global2010
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Images:

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8 posted on 09/16/2010 1:46:36 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I am sure all the restaurant owners were bowing and
and saying, “Yes, Goddess Obama”.

What makes her an expert on anything, much less owning a restaurant?


9 posted on 09/16/2010 1:46:57 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: FlyVet; screaminsunshine

Michelle Obama ‘thinks being America’s First Lady is ‘hell’
http://news.oneindia.in/2010/09/16/michelleobama-thinks-being-americas-first-lady-ishell.html


10 posted on 09/16/2010 1:47:28 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: Global2010

I doubt if there’s a ton of stockbrokers, salespeople, loan officers, business owners, etc flocking to places that serve Wagyu steaks, lobster and caviar like they were in 2005. So of course prices will come down, unless the Chinese or Indians get a hankerin’ for luxury foods.


11 posted on 09/16/2010 1:52:18 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I don't need a newspaper to know the world's been shaved by a drunken barber.)
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To: Global2010

You sure that’s not $6.99/lb per lobster or $6.99 per tail?


12 posted on 09/16/2010 1:55:56 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Global2010

I thought lobster was considered a high cholesterol food. Wonder if Missy knows this or cares.


13 posted on 09/16/2010 2:00:12 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name
Especially when she has gained a hundred pounds since she moved to Washington.
14 posted on 09/16/2010 2:11:34 AM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: 9YearLurker

Could be.

I will have to check next time and ask where those tails come from.

We have a rule (living in a fishing community) No farmed fish and no non USA water seafood.

I tried to google the price for Maine and the stupid browser shut down.


15 posted on 09/16/2010 2:16:24 AM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

There are major parts of the world I don’t trust my fish to come from (hello, China), but I see no reason to avoid herring from off of Europe or certain farming techniques, such as how young oysters are fostered in the Long Island Sound.

I expect you save money buying non-American goods from the free market, and there’s no reason that people who work in other industries shouldn’t, on principle, be able to similarly turn the tables on you. Protectionism for me, but not for thee doesn’t seem particularly principled to me.

All that said, localism for food, where possible, does make a lot of sense.


16 posted on 09/16/2010 2:30:48 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I suspect the White House demand for such luxury foods is up significantly—but maybe not enough to affect overall market prices.


17 posted on 09/16/2010 2:32:07 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Anybody with that big a rear end has no business telling anyone what to eat.


18 posted on 09/16/2010 2:41:12 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: 9YearLurker

I never considered oysters as farmed but now that you mention it they are.

At least here they are.


19 posted on 09/16/2010 2:45:40 AM PDT by Global2010
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To: Global2010

With such a tasty result, strong prices, and so little apparent impact on the environment, I’m surprised there’s not more oyster farming than there is.


20 posted on 09/16/2010 2:52:39 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
And just in case they aren't listening, there is a bill working through the legislature to COMPEL restaurants to do what they aren't smart enough to do when M0 "asks" they do it.

Hypocrisy, thy name is 0. The plentiful images of 0 and family yukking it up -- Spain, Martha's Vineyard, golf, etc., etc., etc.

0's arrogance -- "You'd think they'd be saying, 'Thank you.'"

That will come November 2.

Sure hope 0 remembers to say, 'You're welcome.'

21 posted on 09/16/2010 2:56:11 AM PDT by Quiller (When you're fighting to survive, there is no "try" -- there is only do, or do not.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If restaurants had to cater to PC menus so they would be cooking up some unattractive food. Then the public would have less to attract them to restaurant food. That would cause less money to go into the industry. Then there would be one more sector in the economy that had its money stream slowed down. That’s all the DemonRATs do: stifle the economy with taxes, regulations and encouraging lawyers file lawsuits against every aspect of a free society.


22 posted on 09/16/2010 2:57:13 AM PDT by jonrick46 (We're being water boarded with the sewage of Fabian Socialism.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Who has the money to eat out at a restaurant in this economy?

This guy, for one.

Remember all of the outrage when the San Francisco McDonald's quit offering their dollar menu - because it meant that the homeless would starve.

The food on McDonald's dollar menu is not significantly different than the food that is served in federally subsidized school lunches.
23 posted on 09/16/2010 3:09:35 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial President. EVER.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

24 posted on 09/16/2010 3:27:42 AM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: presently no screen name

Not for Wookies it isn’t; they metabolize differently.


25 posted on 09/16/2010 3:30:11 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: FlyVet

Who elected her to say or do anything, much less effect laws?


26 posted on 09/16/2010 3:57:50 AM PDT by Dem Guard (Obama's 57 States = The Organization of The Islamic Conference (OIC).)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Do you think for one sec Mrs. Buttinski WideAss would dare eat her weekly lobsters without a big tub of drawn butter.


27 posted on 09/16/2010 4:03:18 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sorry Moochella, I can’t hear a word you’re saying because my mind is transfixed on your ginormous ass!


28 posted on 09/16/2010 4:10:56 AM PDT by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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“ginormous ass”

Which one?


29 posted on 09/16/2010 4:12:59 AM PDT by SMARTY ("What luck for rulers that men do not think." Adolph Hitler)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Note to self: Open the UNo restaurant and serve delicious, highly fattening food. Every time M opens her mouth about what restaurants should serve, actively advertise a special which presents the exact opposite and quote her. Should make VERY good money.


30 posted on 09/16/2010 4:23:23 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
My experience with foods of all types is that there has been an attempt to reduce calories, fat, carbs, etc. by using laboratory created substances that are far different and basically experimental compared to the original, natural ingredients.

IMO This has cause more problems and outweighed what benefits they might derive. Quit messin with Mother nature!

31 posted on 09/16/2010 4:27:47 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: jospehm20

LOL!


32 posted on 09/16/2010 4:43:36 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: screaminsunshine

when a food stamp recipient is in front of me in the check out line, I think the same thing.


33 posted on 09/16/2010 4:43:59 AM PDT by griswold3 ('Regulation and law without enforcement is no law at all)
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To: screaminsunshine

Like Chavez’s “The Good Life” cards.


34 posted on 09/16/2010 5:02:12 AM PDT by Calm_Cool_and_Elected ("Stupidity is always astonishing, no matter how many times you may deal with it." - Jean Cocteau)
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To: griswold3

There is a gov program that already limits purchases to only healthy foods it is called WIC - women-infants-children.

Only eggs, milk, cheese, certain cereals etc. No junk.

I hate to see Food Stamp people getting things I can’t buy - you know - fancy stuff - expensive non-nutritious stuff.

They could just make FS program mimic WIC.


35 posted on 09/16/2010 5:22:15 AM PDT by 30Moves
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The next restaurant where Mooschelle orders lobsters should serve them with no butter. Notice how I mentioned orders lobsters. I doubt she eats just one.

Where she order fries, they should bring her raw carrots.

*snicker*


36 posted on 09/16/2010 5:27:14 AM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
One of my favorite restaurants in Hyde Park is Valois ("See Your Food") Cafeteria. I took a picture in Fall 2009 listing the President's "favorites":



Valois has an extensive homestyle menu with plenty of veggies (broccoli, green beans, etc.) available. The chicken pot pie is legendary. For Chicago, the prices are fair and the portions substantial. Dear Leader seems to have passed on the healthier menu options.

On the other hand, even Obama's picks are healthier than the nearby favorites: Harold's Chicken Shack (4 stars) and Ribs and Bibs (3 1/2 Stars, get extra bbq sauce).

If you ever have reason to be in Hyde Park, Valois is an excellent choice.
37 posted on 09/16/2010 5:32:47 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: indylindy
Where she order fries, they should bring her raw carrots.

Yes! But they should cut them up in the shape of fries and put them a little cardboard container to keep the ethos.
38 posted on 09/16/2010 5:34:12 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I’m not asking any of you to make drastic changes to every single one of your recipes or to totally change the way you do business,”

Not proposing, suggesting, implying, but asking, as if she had some sort of authority over their menus and businesses.

She's as narcissistic as her husband.
39 posted on 09/16/2010 5:40:29 AM PDT by ConservativeWarrior (In last year's nests, there are no birds this year.)
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To: SortaBichy
A little bossy don't you think?

One could almost use the term "Uppity"....

40 posted on 09/16/2010 5:45:05 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: indylindy
Where she order fries, they should bring her raw carrots.

Did you know that they can deep fry carrot sticks, too? Wonder what Moochelle would say to that!


41 posted on 09/16/2010 5:47:44 AM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We don't rely on restaurants for our basic nutritional needs...

When was the last time she cooked for her family?

42 posted on 09/16/2010 5:50:47 AM PDT by CPOSharky (They ain't "illegals." They are just unregistered democrats.)
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To: paulycy

I have seen those before. Actually they are pretty good.

But Mooschelle doesn’t get those because they have been fried.


43 posted on 09/16/2010 5:52:09 AM PDT by dforest
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Why Michelle Obama Should Stay Out of Restaurants

Answer: Because they don't sell these there.


44 posted on 09/16/2010 7:11:26 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; stephenjohnbanker; M. Espinola; Quix; EggsAckley
Uh, er, uh -- She has a major problem with gas _____ ?

LOL LOL !

45 posted on 09/16/2010 7:14:01 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Penn and Teller’s BS really debunked the whole Fast Food is the worst thing since satan in the eye of the liberals.

It is one thing to tell the unwashed masses that their McDouble with have to be replaced with a McChikin Grilled Sammich. It is worse telling them that and then going to a fine resturaunt and eating more calories in one sitting by eating a supposedly good for you salad...


46 posted on 09/16/2010 8:02:37 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Question Liberal Authority

[ The food on McDonald’s dollar menu is not significantly different than the food that is served in federally subsidized school lunches. ]

I would argue that McDonalds actually uses a higher grade of meat, LOL.

Reminds me of when in school they used to serve these nasty burritoes with a hot dog in them.... That is what they should feed the homeless.


47 posted on 09/16/2010 8:04:35 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

OK, I’ll be the one to say it:

“Well, **I** think having that socialist as first lady is hell.”


48 posted on 09/16/2010 11:11:57 AM PDT by Joya
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And the horse she came in on.


49 posted on 09/16/2010 11:12:27 AM PDT by Joya
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