Skip to comments.Michelle Obama gives gifts from White House garden to U.N. spouses
Posted on 09/26/2010 9:20:27 PM PDT by Zakeet
First lady presents dignitaries with pickled veggies from White House garden
When searching for the perfect goodie bag items for U.N. spouses, first lady Michelle Obama made like Peter Piper and picked some pickled peppers.
Obama presented foreign dignitaries visiting New York last week for the U.N. General Assembly with a Longaberger basket filled with items from the White House garden, aides said. The treats include a jar of hand-picked, pickled vegetables such as sun gold tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, chocolate bell peppers and carrots.
The gifts were presented in a one-of-a-kind Longaberger, pricey baskets that are a staple of at-home shopping parties. According to the White House, a nickel tag is affixed to the outside of each basket and engraved with the words, "Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama."
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... and some of you silly Freepers say the First Wookie has no class ...
What an embarassment.
Here's some American Botulism ladies....and they are contaminated with lead too! A two-fer....
Everything about these folks is clueless.
Pickled vegetables? Where is Mayor Bloomberg and his Salt Police?
That damned white house garden causes me more anger than anything else about that family. I mean, rationally I know the whole socialism thing is more important, but ah, christ, the implied insult to the average person when these smug silver spooners set up a damned organic vegetable farm in the white house garden - it makes my blood boil. Let them eat organic arugula? Anyone know what I mean.
Also I’ll eat my hat if any of these goldbricking Obamas has ever actually had anything to do with those vegetables beyond photo shoots.
Hey, we wanted the UN out of the US anyway, maybe this is a good start ... /s
It would be much more appropriate if the basket tags said “Made exclusively for the White House.” It seems tacky to have her own name on them. (As for pickled okra...ugh.)
I don’t even know what an okra is and I don’t want to.
Come on — it’s the principal ingredient in gumbo.
I must admit I don’t know what gumbo is either. I’ve heard ABOUT it, some southern thing?
How embarrassing. Keeping the “Made exclusively for Michelle Obama” tag on the baskets make them look re-gifted.
No i-pod, no DVD sets? What is this world coming to??
It's a fuzzy green vegetable about the size of Bill Clinton's appendage (according
to Paula Jones). When cooked, okra exudes a mucus that is perfect for grossing
out little sister. It also sticks nicely to walls if flung properly.
I sure wouldn't be eating anything grown there.
What a hoot. (BTW, has anyone ever found out what the large tarp covering that whole side of the WH was about? Was it to get rid of the rat problem we know they had - or did they bring bed bugs down from Chi Town too?
It’s actually a nice gift. They were made by one of the best culinary teams in the world and impossible for anyone else to get one. Celebrities like things no one else can get. That makes for the best items for charities to raise funds with.
Second homemade goodies taste much better than the store bought. I just made something like 13 quarts of pickles (bread & butter, refrigerator and sandwich). They are great. While I wouldn’t like pickled okra (I can’t think of a good use for that stuff but that’s personal taste) I know people who love okra in any form. Of course I eat kidneys, tongue, liver, sweetbreads, ox tails, etc so there is no accounting for taste.
Personally I’d rather have something like this than some nifty glass bowl. Of course it would have been a better gift if Mrs Obama had done the work, but you can’t expect royalty to get their hands dirty.
I think this is the first time I’ve stood up for the Obams’s so you’ve done well.
I hear Longaberger, I think Tupperwear. I’m sure there are some happy hotel maids with their new baskets from work.
MO: Serfs- tend my garden...........
Okra is also great eating when prepared properly. Like dredged in cornmeal and fried to a crispy finish. Stewed okra with tomatoes and onions is another Southern staple. Or try it pickled for a refreshing treat.
It's also curved. Just like Big Bill's...appendage.
I think we best go no further with this discussion, especially with respect to some of the other characteristics common to both okra and Little Willie, lest we risk being banned from this forum for life.
“Its actually a nice gift.”
It is a nice gift...if you’re family, a friend or aren’t facing international travel. I used to love to make gift baskets at Christmas, picking things specifically to please the recipient. Having lived over seas and having had to deal with diplomats, I can only see this gift as insulting. Are they supposed to go back to their hotel suite and microwave the peppers? They can’t take the vegetables with them through customs. And as far as classy...I don’t consider myself that, but really, giving a basket from a company that markets through house parties? Frankly, I think this gift was put together by an idiot or by someone calculating how to most insult these dignitaries.
You’re right. I don’t know what the other characteristics you are alluding to are, and, again, I don’t want to know. I’m frankly already traumatised by the way you reminded me that I knew something about that man’s, uh, fella. That was buried in my memory.
Let’s never speak of that topic again. Although as revenge, I am going to remind you that Bill and Hillary - well, Chelsea didn’t come from nowhere. They DID things. Horrible things. Things that should not be. Things.
I agree it’s a nice gift. Surely all the recipients have enough bowls, spoons, and other stuff to get rid of.
What ticks me off is them not having the decency to dress well.
okra shall never pass my lips—it is nasty.
Yep ... but that doesn't necessarily mean that Chelsea is Bubba's spawn
[Bill and Hillary] DID things. Horrible things. Things that should not be. Things.
As my lawyer friends would say, "You're assuming facts not in evidence"
They’re canned vegies not fresh and as diplomats they don’t go through customs at either end. The rules that apply to you and I don’t apply to them.
I thought the soil was contaminated and that you shouldn’t eat what’s grown there.
Did she buy and repackage the stuff, or is she trying to poison “foreign dignitaries”?
“Theyre canned vegies not fresh and as diplomats they dont go through customs at either end. The rules that apply to you and I dont apply to them.”
That doesn’t make a home party basket any less tacky. I find it up there with giving DVDs to someone who’s almost legally blind. These people are either clueless or incredibly calculating.
Day time talk show host. Okra Winfrey.
I wonder if Queen Elizabeth II ever listened to Nomobama’s speeches on the Ipod?
It is insulting.
I don't see why the rubes in the White House cannot at least hire someone who is competent.
I can’t tolerate okra unless it’s fried. Fried okra is an absolutely delicious southern staple. About the garden—when have the Obamas EVER so much as put a fresh veggie into their mouths? I thought it was all ice cream all the time. And were these vegetables inspected by an official FDA inspector (complete with badge, sharp pencil,and clipboard), and approved for consumption?
Here is a link to a thread HillBuzz had up over the weekend about this...
Two things that stand out from the HB discussion...(as the Longaberger website, FaceBook page, etc. DO NOT MENTION A ‘MICHELLE OBAMA’ Basket)...did the Longabergers donate the baskets? Or, keeping in mind that Longaberger is NOT a Union shop, was it...’you folks really don’t want an audit, do you???’ And for the record, there is also another company that makes upscale custom baskets...Peterborough in New Hampshire.
And...you are ALL going to love this...there are ‘brushed nickel tags’ on the basket that PROUDLY proclaim....’THIS BASKET WAS MADE EXCLUSIVELY FOR MICHELLE OBAMA’
Kinda like that ‘Royal Seal’ used in Great Britain??? They really DO think they are royalty.
Yes I can see how my post of "What an embarrassment" would cause such a passionate response.
What a LOSER, CLASSLESS COUPLE!!
A nickel doesn't sound all the "pricey"
We are to this day convinced that they did indeed burn the turkey - in a 325 oven for about three hours. Feliz Navidad, compa#eros.
She can hide a lot of vegetables in that hat.
You may have been traveling on a diplomatic pasport, but you’re not a head of state and their senior staff on a diplomatic mission. I don’t even know if they x-ray the bags for that type of individual
Ohhhh, okra is so good, esp when boiled, because it just slides down the throat like snails (escargot)!
You’re right. I tried to keep a customs officer at Nairobi airport out of my carry-on and he advised me that only the chief of mission is afforded that courtesy. He cited the Treaty of Vienna which governs all this activity.
“bribe her, dad!”
Great story. My daughter wasn’t with me when I had to bribe an official to get our passports back. She has a lot to learn despite spending most of her life outside the U.S. She does know about “machete Friday” school yard clean up and why the expats don’t send their kids. I could write a book but it makes my PTSD flare up. I never did find out the real price of a stamp in one country. We had lowly government officials trying to get a bribe of an unnecessary 3 day trip and Wookie thinks a gift basket is an appropriate gift. LOL.
These people have never had to live in the trenches. They have no idea what life “over there” is really like.
OMG — this is a cultural tragedy - I’m serious. The US is too big. I know that no one English French Spanish Italian or German would not know a food that defined a region of their country.
Don’t worry, there’s no tragedy, I’m just British. :) I assumed okra was some fashionable ethnic food of some sort. Apparently not.