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Michelle Obama Gets Her Knees Dirty in the White House Garden (barf alert)
People.com ^ | Originally posted Friday April 10, 2009 10:10 AM EDT | By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Posted on 04/10/2009 2:49:34 PM PDT by lewisglad

First Lady Michelle Obama, the knees of her cropped black slacks covered in dirt, planted herb seedlings and carrots in her new White House Kitchen Garden Thursday, telling local schoolchildren enlisted to help that fresh veggies are "brain food."

Making the point that homegrown is a cheap way for families to eat healthily, the First Lady asked the kids: "How much do you think it costs to do this garden?"

"Over $100,000," guessed a boy.

Laughing, Mrs. Obama replied, "My husband would go crazy if he thought we were spending that kind of money! ... It's between $100 and $200. So it's not a lot of money. And this garden can not only feed my family, but it's going to feed all the staff at the White House. We're going to serve it at some State Dinners."

Mrs. Obama said the top question she got from world leaders on her recent trip to Europe with the president was about the garden. "From Prince Charles on down, they were excited we were planting this."

As for another pressing question back home – when they'll need to worry about putting chicken wire around the garden to keep out a frolicking First Dog – Mrs. Obama said only, "Soon, soon!"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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To: squarebarb

The problem is that this is all for show.


51 posted on 04/10/2009 3:07:40 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

She kinda got her Aunt Esther look on, don’t she?


52 posted on 04/10/2009 3:07:41 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: albie
'I'll teach these peasants how to behave'
53 posted on 04/10/2009 3:07:54 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: surely_you_jest

What is your problem? There’s a lot to complain about the Obama’s but planting a vegetable garden???????

When I grew up in the suburbs of NY in the 1970s, 90% of our neighbors grew their own vegetables. Now when I go back to visit my parents, I don’t see any gardens at all. How could Americans have become so lazy in one generation?

I applaud Michelle for setting this example.


54 posted on 04/10/2009 3:08:09 PM PDT by nbenyo
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To: Moonman62

I was thinking the same thing.. there will be Union gardners keeping the garden up. and it will cost that much.. Already cost a couple of grand to bus all those kids two times to the holy land of crops, and looks like with the picnic table they fed them,, or got food bags from the school free lunches.. hehe..


55 posted on 04/10/2009 3:09:21 PM PDT by JoanneSD (illegals represented without taxation.. Americans taxed without representation)
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To: Squantos
Did’nt the seditious rats just pass a food safety bill to protect us gardeners from such inovate idiots as Michelle ?

Yes, but in her case, the Taxpayer covers the cost of the inspections.

56 posted on 04/10/2009 3:11:33 PM PDT by fanfan (God, Bless America, please.)
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To: lewisglad

Resembles *the Color Purple* where is Oprah in that staged picture? I know,behind the scene scraping the bottoms of Michelle’s hooves.


57 posted on 04/10/2009 3:11:44 PM PDT by katiekins1 (I Bow to No One)
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To: nbenyo
What is your problem?

My problem is gratuitous photo ops by intellectually dishonest pols.

What's your problem?

58 posted on 04/10/2009 3:12:54 PM PDT by surely_you_jest
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To: windsorknot
Where is her husband, Chance?

Perfect! ROFL!

59 posted on 04/10/2009 3:12:56 PM PDT by lonevoice (This tagline is identical to the one you are reading)
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To: JoanneSD
I was thinking the same thing.. there will be Union gardners keeping the garden up. and it will cost that much.. Already cost a couple of grand to bus all those kids two times to the holy land of crops, and looks like with the picnic table they fed them,, or got food bags from the school free lunches.. hehe..

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Exactly. Other than a followup photo op, MO will probably never set foot in this garden again.

60 posted on 04/10/2009 3:13:59 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

61 posted on 04/10/2009 3:14:42 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I sold my TV to an idiot.)
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To: trisham

Prince Charles farms over 50,000 acres. I’m sure he’s not too impressed with a backyard garden.


62 posted on 04/10/2009 3:14:59 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: lewisglad

She looks like she’d be more comfortable in a pair of
Oscar DeLahoya gloves.


63 posted on 04/10/2009 3:16:18 PM PDT by Semper Mark (Obama bows to men with sheets on their heads - The KKK should be thrilled.)
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To: trisham

Can you picture Michelle O’Hara raisin her fists in the storm screaming, “As God is mah witness. I will nevah stahve again, I vow ah will nevah do without Wagyu beef, lobstah, shrimp, and a pehsonal pizza chef evah again”.

Title “Gone With The Capitalism”. Starring Michelle O’bama.

LOL


64 posted on 04/10/2009 3:16:25 PM PDT by dforest
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To: katiekins1

65 posted on 04/10/2009 3:17:01 PM PDT by lewisglad
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To: GOP_Lady
BWAHA! The First Frump out working in the dirt with her perfect makeup, wearing her false eyelashes and diamond earrings. Gotta love that.


66 posted on 04/10/2009 3:17:24 PM PDT by lonevoice (This tagline is identical to the one you are reading)
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To: lewisglad

There’s a joke about “hoes” in there somewhere....


67 posted on 04/10/2009 3:18:00 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: lewisglad

Some wag needs to ask little Me-Shell what she plans on using Mace for, lol.

Nice gloves, too. Spotless.


68 posted on 04/10/2009 3:18:13 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: lewisglad

I have a garden every year. Its nice to get fresh vegetables. But, I am under no misconception that I am saving money. Seeds, fertilizer, and the biggie - water, all cost money.

This is why the vegetables at the farmer’s market cost more than they do at the store. Vegetables grown on a small scale cost more.

I can see it now - sure cap and trade cost you $1,600 more to power your house, but you should save money by planting a garden.


69 posted on 04/10/2009 3:18:39 PM PDT by lacrew (Obama and cabinet: Fool and the Gang)
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To: lewisglad

Gettin’ back to her roots eh?


70 posted on 04/10/2009 3:18:50 PM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: lewisglad

“My husband would go crazy if he thought we were spending that kind of money!”

Oh really? How much is your wardrobe worth Michelle?? Ridiculous.


71 posted on 04/10/2009 3:19:13 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle (I will not gird my loins for Joe Biden.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA
Prince Charles farms over 50,000 acres. I’m sure he’s not too impressed with a backyard garden.

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Yes, I can see him now, sitting on a tractor. Ol' Prince Charles, tilling the back 40.

72 posted on 04/10/2009 3:19:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lonevoice

No cotton or tobacco?

(it’s a joke)


73 posted on 04/10/2009 3:19:43 PM PDT by airborne (Obama is finishing what Osama started! The destruction of the American economy!!!)
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To: lewisglad
Velcro Shows! ...for those quick change-overs on Air Force One !

Expect all the Big Media News pundits to be wearing them!

74 posted on 04/10/2009 3:19:55 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: windsorknot
Where is her husband, Chance?

He likes to watch.

75 posted on 04/10/2009 3:20:04 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: indylindy
Can you picture Michelle O’Hara raisin her fists in the storm screaming, “As God is mah witness. I will nevah stahve again, I vow ah will nevah do without Wagyu beef, lobstah, shrimp, and a pehsonal pizza chef evah again”.

Title “Gone With The Capitalism”. Starring Michelle O’bama.

***************

LOL! That was exceptional. :)

76 posted on 04/10/2009 3:21:24 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

Saving enough money with the garden to fly in the Pizza Guy?


77 posted on 04/10/2009 3:22:06 PM PDT by PeteB570 (NRA - Life member and Black Rifle owner)
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To: suzyjaruki; NautiNurse; StarFan; stanz; GOP_Lady
Goodness, just like Michelle, I always make sure my false eyelashes & makeup are perfect before I got out in the garden to dig./s

And don't forget the sparkling diamond earrings! :-D

78 posted on 04/10/2009 3:22:32 PM PDT by nutmeg (DemocRATs: The party of tax cheats and other assorted crooks)
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To: squarebarb

Laura always dressed appropriately to garden, including something over her hair and to keep the sweat out of her eyes.


79 posted on 04/10/2009 3:23:13 PM PDT by reformedliberal (Are we at high crimes or misdemeanors, yet?)
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To: surely_you_jest
ummmm, Arrugula


80 posted on 04/10/2009 3:24:33 PM PDT by edzo4 (NoBama 2012)
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To: lewisglad

How about them LETTUSESS!!!!!


81 posted on 04/10/2009 3:25:42 PM PDT by ronnie raygun
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To: lewisglad
Ahhh yes,isn't that a fitting nostalgic picture. Where is Danny Glover? I think I know! In Cuba,on his knees,weeding through Castro's A$$ hairs! Danny would be on an archaeological dig for anticommunist cling-ons! : )
82 posted on 04/10/2009 3:27:06 PM PDT by katiekins1 (I Bow to No One)
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To: trisham

Thanks. Can you imagine what kind of fum someone could have doing a spoof on Gone With The Wind starring Barry and Michelle?

The reverse could be hysterical! LOL


83 posted on 04/10/2009 3:28:53 PM PDT by dforest
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To: trisham
Yes, I can see him now, sitting on a tractor. Ol' Prince Charles, tilling the back 40.

Hopefully he rides English, like Eddie Albert.

84 posted on 04/10/2009 3:29:06 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: trisham

Good point.


85 posted on 04/10/2009 3:29:38 PM PDT by tuckrdout (~ 'Daily example is the most subtle of poisons.' ~)
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87 posted on 04/10/2009 3:30:04 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (In Guns We Trust)
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To: trisham
Actually, when it comes to growing crops and making a successful enterprise out of it, Prince Charles is an expert.

The Duchy of Cornwall is self-supporting. Charles received no income from The Civil List.

88 posted on 04/10/2009 3:30:33 PM PDT by Churchillspirit
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To: edzo4
ummmm, Arugula

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She probably thinks it is arugula.

90 posted on 04/10/2009 3:33:04 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: lewisglad

Another photo op regarding her fake gardening. I will bet she didn’t dig that garden.


91 posted on 04/10/2009 3:33:42 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: windsorknot

He’s with Hope and Change. LOL


92 posted on 04/10/2009 3:34:49 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: lewisglad

This is hilarious. Those are brand spanking new gloves she has on. What’s so funny about that, you ask?

For the first photo op, when they were digging up the grass to make way for this garden, she wore NO gloves. I’m betting she ended up with blisters from all that shoveling and hoeing, and she wasn’t about to suffer that again.

BTW, it seems to be a pre-grown garden. I don’t see any shots of anybody planting seeds. Ha!


93 posted on 04/10/2009 3:36:56 PM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: lonevoice

I am trying to figure out exactly what plants are in the six pack she is holding.

Looks for all the world to me like carrots, and who plants carrots from a six-pack? I don’t!

Of course it could be dill, but sure looks like carrots to me.


94 posted on 04/10/2009 3:37:24 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: surely_you_jest

You know, I was thinking the same thing. This photo op just feeds into historical racial stereotypes. Blacks tending the fields. Making the President’s wife do the dirty work, because she is black. Not a good picture.

Why does the first black family have to be the ones who are the first to show undignified photos of the first lady? Are they going to show her scrubbing toilets too? Geez!


95 posted on 04/10/2009 3:37:46 PM PDT by tuckrdout (~ 'Daily example is the most subtle of poisons.' ~)
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To: Yaelle

If they are going to grow container tomatoes, they need to be taught plant physiology and how to deal with problems like staking or blossom end rot. Container plants really do best if they are miniatures or dwarf varieties bred for pots, to begin with. Not all vegetable plants will do well in a container.

Because container gardening is one of my hobbies, I end up talking about it to people all the time, including all the mistakes I have made, all the problems that can be encountered and how to deal with them.

Most urban dirt is dead, rocky, full of road run off (oil/road salt) and unsuited to gardening. Even suburban lawns can take three years to turn into suitable gardens. It takes that long to get the grass roots out. But, I have read about urban gardens that have been done correctly. A lot of them seem to be raised beds, to get around the dead dirt problem.

I do agree that it is good to try and inspire kids to garden or even just to grow something in a pot. Actually, I think it is good for everyone. But, most people are going to encounter failure and then just give up, if they think it is simply about setting out plants and then suddenly having food.


96 posted on 04/10/2009 3:38:04 PM PDT by reformedliberal (Are we at high crimes or misdemeanors, yet?)
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To: lewisglad
Let's see,
Slate tile row markers
Full grown herb starter pots
$100 bucks.....sure.

Oh, just curious to those in the DC area, when is your last frost date? Here in Kansas it is reliably May 5th.

Think city girl will be out on frost warning nights covering the basil?

97 posted on 04/10/2009 3:41:08 PM PDT by IrishCatholic (No local Communist or Socialist Party Chapter? Join the Democrats, it's the same thing!)
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To: lewisglad

1. One would think no one thought to grow their own vegetables before mrs. odumba got her knees dirty.

2. Someone should tell mrs. odumba that $10 or $20 (much less $100 or $200) is a lot of money for many people.


98 posted on 04/10/2009 3:41:19 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Americans Bow to No One; Obama Bows to Saudi KINGS and Lies about it.)
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To: Churchillspirit
Actually, when it comes to growing crops and making a successful enterprise out of it, Prince Charles is an expert

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Yes. I can just see the Prince approving of this "project". How many times do you suppose Prince Charles has really done anything other than say "I approve this" or "Go forward with this"? Direct involvement? I very much doubt it.

99 posted on 04/10/2009 3:43:47 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: All
$100-$200??? To quote Maury Povich: "And THAT was a lie."

I will guaran-damn-tee you that those cute little signs alone cost hundreds of dollars - considering they came from some WH approved "sign vendor" and the little project most likely didn't go out to bid.

I just planted some tomatoes, herbs, peppers, etc. and spent nearly $80 on the plants, soil, and supplies - and this was just four buckets hanging from my balconies.

Just like the clintoons, they can't tell the truth about anything. They suck. Period.

100 posted on 04/10/2009 3:46:07 PM PDT by FlJoePa
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