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Michelle Obama's Barbecue Hypocrisy
American Spectator ^ | 2-4-2011 | Andrew Cline - Commentary

Posted on 02/04/2011 1:17:13 PM PST by smoothsailing

Michelle Obama's Barbecue Hypocrisy

By Andrew Cline

February 4, 2011

The first rule of political pandering: Know what you're talking about.

The classic example: In 2004, Sen. John Kerry, trying to bolster his regular guy image, spoke of Green Bay's hallowed ";Lambert Field." It's Lambeau Field. Ten dork points for Kerry.

This week, Michelle Obama walked into a culinary version of the Lambert gaffe.

In an e-mail congratulating Charlotte, N.C., on being named host city for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Obama mentioned that Charlotte has "great barbecue." As someone who grew up an hour from Charlotte, I can tell you that few natives would say that. Nobody travels to Charlotte for the barbecue. It might have a good barbecue restaurant or two, but the really good stuff is outside of the city.

Obama's been mocked for the obvious pander, as she should have been. But to me the offense wasn't her ignorance of North Carolina's barbecue geography. It was her blatant violation of the second rule of political pandering: Don't pretend to like something you don't.

Michelle Obama is America's No. 1 Food Nanny. Her top priority as First Lady is to end "the epidemic of childhood obesity in America." When she launched that initiative a year ago this month, she announced the creation of letsmove.gov, which provides tips to parents and community leaders on making kids healthier. One recommendation to municipal officials is: "Create a healthy food promotional campaign, and offer a 'healthy eating' designation to restaurants who offer healthier food and beverages and reasonably-sized portions."

There isn't a self-respecting barbecue joint in the South that could win that designation. North Carolina barbecue joints sell hush puppies (fried cornmeal) and sweet tea that's close to equal parts tea and sugar. And you don't want to think about...

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KEYWORDS: bbq; food; moose; nanny
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1 posted on 02/04/2011 1:17:15 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

I’ve pointed this out to my kids and they have gone to school telling the teacher why they have ot now eat well, but the first lady is eating burgers and ice cream.

Most of the teachers agreed but I see how our disgusting corrupt biased media will not mention her hypocrisy


2 posted on 02/04/2011 1:20:47 PM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: smoothsailing

Why is she wearing those damned teal blue shoes with a black and white checked suit????


3 posted on 02/04/2011 1:21:15 PM PST by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: smoothsailing

Whoa. Steatopygia.


4 posted on 02/04/2011 1:21:28 PM PST by Felis_irritable
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To: Huntress

“Why is she wearing those damned teal blue shoes with a black and white checked suit????”

...because before she became 1st lady she only wore moo moos and fuzzy slippers, chasing her crack dealer with a rolling pin on “Cops”.


5 posted on 02/04/2011 1:24:15 PM PST by albie
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To: smoothsailing

Can rump roast be Bar B Qued?


6 posted on 02/04/2011 1:24:56 PM PST by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: smoothsailing

Her top priority as First Lady is to end “the epidemic of childhood obesity in America.”

Not to worry, Michelle. The way your husband and his cohorts are pushing things we will all be starving and will look like Park Avenue walking skeletons (without the nice clothes).


7 posted on 02/04/2011 1:28:37 PM PST by all the best
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To: manc

Bubbas barbecue off I-77 North exit 16 has good barbecue. The best barbecue is served 45 minutes West of Charlotte. It’s called Bridges Barbecue in Shelby, NC. I may give Moochchelle the benefit of the doubt and think maybe she meant NC barbecue in general.


8 posted on 02/04/2011 1:29:04 PM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: albie

I think before becoming First Lady she wore tennis shoes with the backs mashed down. Ghetto Crocs.


9 posted on 02/04/2011 1:29:14 PM PST by Venturer
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To: Huntress
Why is she wearing those damned teal blue shoes with a black and white checked suit???? You are right, it is awful.
10 posted on 02/04/2011 1:29:53 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: jazusamo
Can rump roast be Bar B Qued?

Why yes! And feed the multitudes as well!

11 posted on 02/04/2011 1:29:54 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: jazusamo
“Can rump roast be Bar B Qued?”

God, I hope not. I just threw-up a little bit in my mouth. Thanks.

12 posted on 02/04/2011 1:30:46 PM PST by MPJackal ("From my cold dead hands.")
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To: personalaccts
Back on one of those "field trips" to postal installations in North Carolina and South Carolina I mostly ate barbeque of one kind or the other for about 2 weeks.

Pork, beef, ? ~ rubs, sauces, etc. ~ this was back when I could still handle wheat so I'm not sure I got sick from any of it.

But I did gain weight, and it was, as they say ALL GOOD.

13 posted on 02/04/2011 1:34:56 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: smoothsailing

That’s the funniest picture I have seen all day!


14 posted on 02/04/2011 1:35:54 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: personalaccts

Every major postal facility in Carolanna has BARBEQUE within blocks ~ if not feetl


15 posted on 02/04/2011 1:36:18 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ColdOne

Because she is a classless, American-hating wookie.

(I hate insulting wookies...)


16 posted on 02/04/2011 1:36:43 PM PST by FortWorthPatriot (Obama is no Hitler; Hitler got the Olympics!)
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To: Huntress
Why is she wearing those damned teal blue shoes with a black and white checked suit????

Because she's FLAWLESS in her fashion choices! The LSM tells us so!

17 posted on 02/04/2011 1:36:57 PM PST by JRios1968 (If the Left's ideas were so good, their ex-presidents wouldn't need to sell them.)
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To: smoothsailing

Skinless BBQ chicken with a vinegar based sauce and a side of collard greens wouldn’t be the worst thing anyone’s ever eaten, but I doubt that’s what the First Lady had in mind.


18 posted on 02/04/2011 1:41:12 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial. And Post-Partisan. Agent Of Hope And Change. EVER.)
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To: smoothsailing

Is this photo-shopped? That can’t be real!


19 posted on 02/04/2011 1:46:03 PM PST by leenie312
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To: smoothsailing

Never ask a skinny white girl for food honey, all you will get is a piece of sushi..


20 posted on 02/04/2011 1:46:52 PM PST by aces
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To: smoothsailing

The picture above has obviously been photoshopped. The reduction in booooooty size is 0bvious :)


21 posted on 02/04/2011 1:47:57 PM PST by cqnc (Don't Blame ME, I voted for the American!)
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To: smoothsailing

Well since we have been wondering if obamma is the antichrist can we just say anything “pit cooked” will be fine.


22 posted on 02/04/2011 1:48:29 PM PST by aces
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To: Venturer

Now that’s LOL funny!!


23 posted on 02/04/2011 1:50:59 PM PST by gibsosa
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To: Huntress

Maybe she’s color blind? It might explain some of her outfits.


24 posted on 02/04/2011 1:54:48 PM PST by yellow rubber ducky (One day I realized I am living in Bizarro world.)
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To: smoothsailing

Note to first Wookie ass

That is your ass

This is a Caterpillar D9


25 posted on 02/04/2011 1:55:29 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 .....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: manc
Even Carter got it right. When in Kansas City he made a pilgrimage to Arthur Bryants BBQ. Arguably the best in the Midwest.
26 posted on 02/04/2011 1:59:36 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: smoothsailing

Hey, lets not be too hasty to point out the hypocrisy factor here. If she’s willing to put barbeque on the table as a concession I think we keep talkin. If she’s willing to punt bacon I say we have got to consider the possibility we have a deal. Granted, you hate bagaining over things which are your God given rights but guaranteed barbeque and bacon is hard to walk away from. You can pretty much have everything else in my book so I don’t consider it much of a down side and the up side is pretty sweet.


27 posted on 02/04/2011 2:01:04 PM PST by circlecity
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To: Felis_irritable

Felis_irritable: Whoa. Steatopygia.

I don’t know what scares me more; that you used that word, or that I didn’t even have to think about it much less look it up.

The lady ain’t callipygian!


28 posted on 02/04/2011 2:05:03 PM PST by Peet (Leftists think personal liberty is so important it must be carefully rationed.)
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To: aces

Hubby hates sushi and when we pass a Mom ‘n Pops convienenceconveniencecontinenceconveniencesconvinceconvergenceconferenceconfidenceconveyanceconvenience’sconvincesconvenes store with a ‘Bait for Sale’ sign in front, he says, “Look!!! They have a sushi bar inside!”

And yes, it is still funny to me.

But I am telling you, people, B’s Barbecue is the mack daddy.
For those who have never tried a good bbq sandwich, here is a vinegar based recipe that works pretty well.
http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/slow-cooker-carolina-bbq/Detail.aspx

Cook it outside on the porch if you can as the vinegar is very strong. Also, I have used a pork loin, not the boston butt as there is way too much fat. After cooking, I remove the roast and skim all the fat before adding the sauce. Serve on the cheapest hamburger buns and with a cole slaw made with a half Miracle Whip, half sugar dressing, deviled eggs and sweet tea.


29 posted on 02/04/2011 2:16:51 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

(the word is supposed to be convenience store. Don’t know what happened.)


30 posted on 02/04/2011 2:17:57 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Felis_irritable
Steatopygian. Callipygian.

Kudos. You have used two of my favorite words (you left out 'defenestrate' and a couple of others). Callipygian and callipygous were highly useful (if sexist) words in college to describe young ladies -- and I'll never forget former Atlanta Braves outfielder Ralph Garr, who was the epitome of steatopygian. The man had a butt like an end table. My brothers and I swore you could open a bottle of Coke, pour half of it into a glass, and place the glass and half-filled bottle back on the shelf of Ralph's butt. He could hit the ball in the gap and race to a stand-up triple without spilling a drop.

31 posted on 02/04/2011 2:21:54 PM PST by Scoutmaster (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it, Fred.)
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To: Peet

You just sent me to my on-line dictionary TWICE!! And here I thought I already knew everything.


32 posted on 02/04/2011 2:32:23 PM PST by Ax
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To: smoothsailing

God. Please help us.

She isn’t my mother. In fact,I might almost be old enough to be her mother. She isn’t my children’s momma nor my grandchildren’s grandmother.

Does she think she knows better than my Irish immigrant grandmother or my French-Canadian grandmother or their children,who were my parents?

Or me? Or my children and grandchildren’s other grandparents? Or my husband’s parents who are in their late eighties? None of any of us “obese” by the way. Does she think we all grew up eating junk food?

I’m just venting,so sick of this nonsense.


33 posted on 02/04/2011 2:34:15 PM PST by FreeDeerHawk
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

That is the way to make Southern Cole Slaw!!!!!


34 posted on 02/04/2011 2:38:06 PM PST by LooneyTick (Of all the things in life I've lost, I miss my mind the most!)
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To: manc

Not that you’ve probably watched “What Not to Wear”, but wearing neutrals with a small amount of an intensely hued pair of shoes, a blouse, a purse or an accessory, etc.) is often referred to as “a pop of color”. She’s actually following a fashion rule.


35 posted on 02/04/2011 2:54:15 PM PST by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: personalaccts

+1 for the best barbeque is found in Shelby.


36 posted on 02/04/2011 3:16:38 PM PST by HIDEK6
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To: TheBattman
That’s the funniest picture I have seen all day!

The dude with the ear cord, at the very right side of the pic.......

"O......M......G!"

37 posted on 02/04/2011 3:28:36 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: Huskrrrr

Gates BBQ in KC isn’t too bad either...red


38 posted on 02/04/2011 3:48:29 PM PST by rednek ("Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.")
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
But I am telling you, people, B’s Barbecue is the mack daddy.

I've got two world class smokers on my patio, best in the business (IMHO), Big Green Eggs......and you post a link to using a crockpot for BBQ?

After I read the recipe, and most of the reviews, I know what I'm serving for da game!

I had to stop reading the reviews, "Man, I got to try this!"

Many thanks for posting! Off to the freezer to see what I got for pork chunks. Maybe, off to the store.......

I'll let ya know how it turns out.

Thread hi-jack over!

39 posted on 02/04/2011 3:58:34 PM PST by LasVegasMac (Have ya hit 'em in the a$$, Never let off the gas 'til ya rolled into Victory Lane?)
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To: smoothsailing
i wonder if the silly cow knows that the BBQ that does come from that area is Piedmont style or even know what it is???
40 posted on 02/04/2011 4:00:29 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: smoothsailing
she prolly has an Agent just to guard her azz...
41 posted on 02/04/2011 4:02:02 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: rednek

Agreed, Gates is superb!


42 posted on 02/04/2011 4:12:58 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: LasVegasMac; Cowgirl of Justice

Of course you do realize that what you cook in a crockpot, though it may be utterly delicious, ain’t barbecue.


43 posted on 02/04/2011 4:33:05 PM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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To: RipSawyer

Grilling it over an open fire is the only way but being that there are no decent bbq restaurants where we live now and I am not able to do much due to health reasons, this will do in a pinch. Got rave reviews at the family reunion.

Actually overheard from an old timer who didn’t know I made the bbq, “Now this is how bbq used to taste.”


44 posted on 02/04/2011 4:39:37 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: LasVegasMac

A few hints-

The boston butts I have seen are extremely fatty. Try a pork roast or loin that has just a little bit of fat for flavor. I cook the meat in an electric roaster- very similar to a crockpot but bigger- overnight for about 10 hrs. Try to cook it outside if possible. The vinegar cooks out and you cannot get the smell out of your house for several days. Don’t forget to save the sauce for the end- I have added it by accident at the beginning. Still good but it is good to have the sauce for dousing. I add about a tablespoon of hickory liquid smoke at the very end for a grilled flavor. Cheating, I know but it is subtle and it works.

The good thing about this is that you can keep it in a crock pot to keep it warm.
You’re set!! Let me know how it turns out.


45 posted on 02/04/2011 4:53:15 PM PST by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: smoothsailing

I have one word for Michelle...Sonny’s Barbeque.

Ok. Two words.


46 posted on 02/04/2011 5:40:09 PM PST by Eagle Eye (A blind clock finds a nut at least twice a day.)
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To: Eagle Eye

JB’s Smokeshack!!!


47 posted on 02/04/2011 7:05:15 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: Peet

I dunno. I thought she looked really pygidial in that outfit.


48 posted on 02/04/2011 10:04:10 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: albie

Why is she wearing those damned teal blue shoes with a black and white checked suit????”

...because before she became 1st lady she only wore moo moos and fuzzy slippers, chasing her crack dealer with a rolling pin on “Cops”.

LMAO!!!! Thank you!


49 posted on 02/05/2011 6:33:00 AM PST by homegroan (yes, I'm still here...)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I am going to try your BBQ recipe in the crockpot. I have an outdoor smoker/grill but for the last couple of years I haven't used it because breathing the smoke gives me a horrible headache. I used to use it all the time.
50 posted on 02/05/2011 7:04:34 AM PST by Ditter
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