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Michelle Obama gives gifts from White House garden to U.N. spouses
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 26, 2010 | Stacy St. Clair

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.

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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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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
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... and some of you silly Freepers say the First Wookie has no class ...

1 posted on 09/26/2010 9:20:31 PM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet
Well, the basket was nice though a Tupperware type sales gift.
2 posted on 09/26/2010 9:26:14 PM PDT by Bronzy
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To: Zakeet

What an embarassment.


3 posted on 09/26/2010 9:34:15 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Zakeet
The treats include a jar of hand-picked, pickled vegetables such as sun gold tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, chocolate bell peppers and carrots.

Here's some American Botulism ladies....and they are contaminated with lead too! A two-fer....

4 posted on 09/26/2010 9:35:44 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Zakeet

Everything about these folks is clueless.


5 posted on 09/26/2010 9:37:15 PM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Zakeet

Pa, the Wookies' pickles taste like @#$!.
I'd eat Aunt Bea's crappy pickles before
I'd ever stick anything in my mouth
that the wookie served.

6 posted on 09/26/2010 9:49:52 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: Zakeet

Pickled vegetables? Where is Mayor Bloomberg and his Salt Police?


7 posted on 09/26/2010 9:57:37 PM PDT by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: Zakeet

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.


8 posted on 09/26/2010 10:02:52 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: Zakeet

Hey, we wanted the UN out of the US anyway, maybe this is a good start ... /s


9 posted on 09/26/2010 10:03:11 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (We'll remember in November!)
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To: Zakeet

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.)


10 posted on 09/26/2010 10:25:11 PM PDT by GOPrincess
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To: GOPrincess

I don’t even know what an okra is and I don’t want to.


11 posted on 09/26/2010 10:34:33 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: skintight buffoonery

Come on — it’s the principal ingredient in gumbo.


12 posted on 09/26/2010 10:39:19 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

I must admit I don’t know what gumbo is either. I’ve heard ABOUT it, some southern thing?


13 posted on 09/26/2010 10:40:56 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: Zakeet

How embarrassing. Keeping the “Made exclusively for Michelle Obama” tag on the baskets make them look re-gifted.


14 posted on 09/26/2010 10:48:58 PM PDT by Melpomene (Proud member of the Who Dat nation.)
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To: Zakeet

No i-pod, no DVD sets? What is this world coming to??


15 posted on 09/26/2010 10:49:32 PM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: skintight buffoonery
I don’t even know what an okra is and I don’t want 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.

16 posted on 09/26/2010 11:14:38 PM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: Zakeet
I wonder if they replaced all the toxic topsoil first?

http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/michelle-obamas-toxic-veggie-nightmare-white-house-organic-gar/19114069/

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?

17 posted on 09/26/2010 11:17:25 PM PDT by maine-iac7
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To: Outlaw Woman

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.


18 posted on 09/26/2010 11:23:45 PM PDT by airedale
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To: Zakeet
It's a fuzzy green vegetable about the size of Bill Clinton's appendage It's also curved. Just like Big Bill's...appendage.
19 posted on 09/26/2010 11:23:55 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: Bronzy

I hear Longaberger, I think Tupperwear. I’m sure there are some happy hotel maids with their new baskets from work.


20 posted on 09/26/2010 11:25:12 PM PDT by pops88
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To: Zakeet

MO: Serfs- tend my garden...........


21 posted on 09/26/2010 11:30:08 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: Zakeet
It also sticks nicely to walls if flung properly.

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.

22 posted on 09/26/2010 11:35:12 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: skintight buffoonery
It's a fuzzy green vegetable about the size of Bill Clinton's appendage ...

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.

23 posted on 09/26/2010 11:35:16 PM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: airedale

“It’s 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.


24 posted on 09/26/2010 11:38:29 PM PDT by pops88
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To: Zakeet

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.


25 posted on 09/26/2010 11:42:06 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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To: airedale

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.


26 posted on 09/26/2010 11:53:43 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: okie01

okra shall never pass my lips—it is nasty.


27 posted on 09/26/2010 11:54:38 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys)
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To: skintight buffoonery
Although as revenge, I am going to remind you that Bill and Hillary - well, Chelsea didn’t come from nowhere.

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"

28 posted on 09/27/2010 12:00:40 AM PDT by Zakeet (Like the wise Wee Wee said, "We can't be broke ... we still have checks in the checkbook.")
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To: pops88

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.


29 posted on 09/27/2010 12:44:20 AM PDT by airedale
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To: Zakeet

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”?


30 posted on 09/27/2010 12:54:05 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: airedale

“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.”

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.


31 posted on 09/27/2010 1:01:34 AM PDT by pops88
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To: skintight buffoonery

Day time talk show host. Okra Winfrey.


32 posted on 09/27/2010 1:36:25 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: pops88

I wonder if Queen Elizabeth II ever listened to Nomobama’s speeches on the Ipod?


33 posted on 09/27/2010 2:38:52 AM PDT by alpo
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To: pops88
Having lived over seas and having had to deal with diplomats, I can only see this gift as insulting.

It is insulting.

I don't see why the rubes in the White House cannot at least hire someone who is competent.

34 posted on 09/27/2010 4:16:07 AM PDT by snowsislander (In this election year, please ask your candidates if they support repeal of the 1968 GCA.)
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To: kabumpo

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?


35 posted on 09/27/2010 4:17:28 AM PDT by 1951Boomer
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To: Zakeet

Here is a link to a thread HillBuzz had up over the weekend about this...

http://hillbuzz.org/2010/09/25/michelle-antoinette-gives-un-dignitaries-things-she-didnt-want-from-her-potemkin-garden/

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.


36 posted on 09/27/2010 4:30:50 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Glinda sez, 'click your heels three times and say, "there is no place like November...")
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To: airedale
I think this is the first time I’ve stood up for the Obams’s so you’ve done well.

Yes I can see how my post of "What an embarrassment" would cause such a passionate response.

37 posted on 09/27/2010 5:19:27 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Zakeet

What a LOSER, CLASSLESS COUPLE!!


38 posted on 09/27/2010 5:21:20 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Zakeet
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

A nickel doesn't sound all the "pricey"

39 posted on 09/27/2010 6:40:00 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
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To: airedale; cardinal4
'Taint necessarily so. I traveled all over with a diplomatic passport. One year I was in Miami on a very short R&R just before Christmas and was going to escort my son to Havana to spend the holiday with us. I bought a fresh turkey and a spiral-cut ham at a Publix just before leaving for the airport. I put the items in a carry-on bag, and as we were going through customs in Havana, the officer asked me what was in the bag. Food, I told her. She asked what kind. I said "cheese" then mumbled something unintelligible. She asked if I would open the bag, so being a "diplomat," of course I complied. She looked at the ham and passed it. She said that she would have to confiscate the turkey as it was uncooked. She said that they had been alerted to the fact that there was a fowl-borne disease in the southeast USA. She said that it would be burned. My son, who had been with me in Panama when I offered a $5 gratuity to a traffic cop to avoid having to accompany him to the nearest precinct house, said, "bribe her, dad!" I informed him that that wouldn't work here.

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.

40 posted on 09/27/2010 7:06:33 AM PDT by Ax
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To: All
Odd couples---from Cameroon and the USA.

She can hide a lot of vegetables in that hat.


41 posted on 09/27/2010 7:44:09 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Ax

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


42 posted on 09/27/2010 9:38:57 AM PDT by airedale
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To: skintight buffoonery

Ohhhh, okra is so good, esp when boiled, because it just slides down the throat like snails (escargot)!


43 posted on 09/27/2010 10:01:28 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: airedale; cardinal4

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.


44 posted on 09/27/2010 2:30:24 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

“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.


45 posted on 09/27/2010 3:41:26 PM PDT by pops88
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To: pops88; cardinal4

These people have never had to live in the trenches. They have no idea what life “over there” is really like.


46 posted on 09/27/2010 6:28:05 PM PDT by Ax
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To: skintight buffoonery

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.


47 posted on 09/28/2010 11:22:19 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: kabumpo

Don’t worry, there’s no tragedy, I’m just British. :) I assumed okra was some fashionable ethnic food of some sort. Apparently not.


48 posted on 10/01/2010 9:48:41 PM PDT by skintight buffoonery
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