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  • Michelle Obama Should Not Be Paid As First Lady, Says Laura Bush

    04/19/2014 5:22:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | April 18, 2014
    Michelle Obama should not receive a salary as First Lady according to Laura Bush, who could definitely be said to be an expert on the subject. But these comments happen to stray into the political mine field of income inequality and the gender pay gap. In a related report by The Inquisitr, Michelle Obama’s school lunch portions have been criticized heavily by students who are actually forced to eat her school cafeteria plans. In recent times, Barack and Michelle Obama have spoken about their plans for ending income inequality in America. The White House also came under fire when it...

    04/19/2014 4:21:59 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 35 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | April 19,2014 | Drudge
  • Outnumber Hunger: A Concert with a Purpose

    04/18/2014 3:07:05 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 7 replies
    WCNC-TV ^ | 4/17/14
    Tune in Friday night, April 18, to see some of country music's stars perform for a purpose. Outnumber Hunger is a partnership with General Mills, Feeding America and Big Machine Label Group. The concert, airing on NBC Charlotte at 8 p.m., will serve as the kick off to a year long initiative to fight hunger in America. Participating musicians include Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Cassadee Pope and more. Gannett, the parent company of NBC Charlotte, will be airing the concert on all of its stations. One in six Americans struggles with hunger. Through the Outnumber Hunger...
  • Kansas Speech by Michelle Obama Draws Complaints

    04/18/2014 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 18, 2014 | By JOHN MILBURN
    Given their druthers, some Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama. The district announced that Obama was speaking to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision that made school segregation unconstitutional.
  • Michelle Obama says high school not good enough, 'you have to go to college'

    04/17/2014 7:37:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | April 17, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Having a high school diploma isn’t good enough to make it anymore, first lady Michelle Obama warned high school and college students at Howard University. “No longer is high school the bar. That is not enough in today’s globalizing economy. You have got to go to college, or get some kind of professional training beyond college,” she said Thursday. It was the first of what is likely to be many more speeches on education as the first family readies for retirement and takes up helping younger Americans, especially blacks get a leg up. “One of the things that Barack and...
  • Michelle Obama Riverdances Through Dublin to the Tune of $7,921,638

    04/17/2014 9:57:55 AM PDT · by mojito · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4/16/2014 | Tom Fitton
    When it comes to tracking the cost of Obama family vacations, there are two primary challenges. First, the Obamas are prolific jet-setters, so there are many details to track. Second, the Obama administration, clearly embarrassed by these lavish and frequent family vacations, stonewalls the release of records at every turn. But we have been relentless in pursuit of this information. Our attorneys file the lawsuits and make our case, and our investigators pour through pages of records and crunch the numbers. And the information we’ve uncovered – information that would otherwise remain under lock and key – shows that the...
  • ObamaCare coming to vending machines, next to the chips and nuts

    04/11/2014 11:58:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Maggie Thurber (
    Candy, chips and a helping of ObamaCare. It's already disrupted the health-care marketplace. Now, the Affordable Care Act is infiltrating vending machines. Yep, a provision in the Affordable Care Act requires vending machines to display the calorie content of all food items. The FDA finalized the regulations April 3. If you know the calorie content of an item, you might make a more healthy choice. Or so the thinking goes.
  • Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' takes over annual Easter Egg Roll --- again

    04/09/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Exercise, and not colorful marshmallow Peeps, will be the focus of the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21, the sixth year in a row that first lady Michelle Obama's fitness-first goal for kids has taken over the once sugar-filled event on the South Lawn.“The day's activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative,” said the White House of their sixth roll, titled “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”In the past, administrations have given differing themes for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Former President George W. Bush,...
  • REBEL AGAINST MICHELLE: Students Fed Up With Michelle O’s School Lunch Overhaul

    04/07/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 43 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 4-7-14
    First, about one million public school students said “no way” to their cafeteria menus after Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign led to anger and frustration over food that apparently many American kids didn’t want to stomach. But for those without other options, all that’s left is the power of social media and cell phone cameras when they simply can’t take another bite:
  • Boy to Michelle Obama: 'Dear #FLOTUS, I Am Not a Knucklehead ...'

    03/31/2014 5:42:56 PM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | March 31, 2014 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    After first lady Michelle Obama jokingly referred to young people as "knuckleheads" on the "Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, one boy decided to respond. Tanya Bachand, a mom who identified herself on Twitter as a Connecticut conservative and Tea Party supporter, tweeted out a photo of her son holding a sign in response. Dear #FLOTUS, I am not a knucklehead. I can read and I understand the Constitution," the message read. "#LetsMove on to shrinking the government so I can secure my own future."
  • Bill Maher Fools Guests With ‘Racist’ Paul Ryan Quote That Was Actually Said By Michelle Obama

    03/29/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 03/29/2014 | Michael Hausam
    After a short discussion with guests about some controversial statements from Paul Ryan, that some asserted were racist, Maher then read a quote that he falsely attributed to Ryan. He then dropped the hammer by identifying the source: Michelle Obama.Maher made made the point that black people can say things that white people cannot. I’m just asking: Is something less true if a white person says it about black people? This sounds even more like, ‘Hey Black people, don’t be lazy.’ Comedian W. Kamau Bell, obviously uncomfortable, responded back: She’s talking to Black people,” Bell retorted. “We talk to each...
  • ‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it

    03/29/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    “Real Time” host Bill Maher caused some real confusion with his knee-jerk liberal guests Friday night when he offered them a “racist” quote from Paul Ryan that turned out to really be from Michelle Obama. And he did it to make a point. Maher was piling on the latest liberal meme of Paul Ryan as pińata for comments he made in mid-March about inner-city “men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Two of Maher’s guests, Center for American President Neera Tanden and comedian W. Kamau...
  • Poll: Sarah Palin tops list of women Americans want to run for president

    03/28/2014 8:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the darling of the Tea Party movement, tops a new list of women other than Hillary Clinton who Americans want to run for president. A series of Economist/YouGov polls, wrapped up in an article released this week, found overwhelming support for women candidates and a woman president, and has Palin on top of eight women most often mentioned by voters as their top choice to run. Because Clinton is the runaway favorite potential woman candidate in a number of polls, the Economist/YouGov poll asked this question: “Other than Hillary Clinton, is their any other woman...
  • Michelle Obama takes up tai chi as turmoil in her office is revealed

    03/27/2014 4:40:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | By Geoff Earle
    WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama is staging picture-perfect photo ops on her tour of China — but back home, her East Wing office is fraught with tension and anxiety, according to a new insider account. Her office “can be a confining, frustrating, even miserable place to work,” writes former White House press assistant Reid Cherlin in an article in The New Republic. “Jealousy and discontentment have festered, as courtiers squabble over the allocation of responsibility and access to Mrs. Obama, both of which can be aggravatingly scarce,” he continues. Michelle Obama has a strong approval rating (69 percent in...
  • White House ex-aide: First Lady Michelle Obama has turned East Wing into 'worst wing'

    03/26/2014 4:09:08 AM PDT · by mgist · 70 replies
    NY Daily NEWS ^ | 3/25/14 | leslie Larson
    White House ex-aide: First Lady Michelle Obama has turned East Wing into 'worst wing' Reid Cherlin describes Michelle Obama's office as a "miserable place to work," where every meeting was an identity crisis and the wrong dress was just as bad as a failed policy initiative. The glamorous First Lady cares so much about her clothes, the wrong skirt is considered a serious 'f--k up,' an ex-aide dishes. Playing the role of First Lady has squelched Michelle Obama’s spirit, and she’s turned the East Wing into the “worst wing,” a former White House aide claims. The First Lady’s office has...
  • Michelle: 'There Were Laws in America that Allowed Discrimination Against Black People Like Me'

    03/25/2014 11:31:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 25, 2014 | Daniel Halper
    First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China. She talked about the American dream: And my story isn’t unusual in America. Some of our most famous athletes, like LeBron James, and artists, like the singer Janelle Monae, came from struggling families like mine, as do many business leaders -- like Howard Schultz. He’s the head of a company called Starbucks, which many of you may have heard of. When Mr. Schultz was a boy his father lost his job, leaving their family destitute. But Mr. Schultz worked hard. He got a scholarship to...
  • Inside Michelle Obama's luxurious $8,400-a-night presidential suite in China

    03/25/2014 2:37:23 PM PDT · by matt04 · 48 replies
    It’s billed as an ‘oasis of comfort’, with a Jucuzzi, rainforest shower, and silk pillows – step inside the $8,400-a-night (Ł5,000) suite Michelle Obama currently calls home. The first lady is staying at the five-star Westin Hotel in Chaoyang, just outside Beijing, during her week-long trip to China with her two daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother Marian Robinson. During her trip, described as a 'person-to-person' soft diplomatic tour, the family will be staying in the Jinmao Presidential Suite at the hotel, near the US Embassy. The hotel is 25 minutes from Beijing Capital International Airport and ‘within the...
  • Get Ready To See Michelle Obama's Face Plastered All Over Your Local Subway Sandwich Shop

    01/28/2014 6:59:42 AM PST · by Din Maker · 96 replies
    Tea Party Command Center Blog ^ | January 23, 2014 | Linda Hahn
    If you thought you could simply enjoy your Subway sandwich without partisan politics, you thought wrong. Michelle Obama’s face is about to invade every one of their restaurants. The first lady was expected to announce Thursday that the Subway sandwich chain will spend $41 million over three years to encourage finicky young eaters to eat more food that comes out of the ground or grows on trees. The announcement was being made at a Subway shop near the White House. Subway will only offer a kids’ menu that mirrors federal standards for school lunches. That includes offering apples on the...
  • In Beijing, Michelle Obama Speaks Out for Free Speech

    03/22/2014 5:51:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 49 replies
    NYT ^ | March 22, 2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    BEIJING — On a visit that was supposed to be nonpolitical, Michelle Obama delivered an unmistakable message to the Chinese on Saturday, saying in a speech here that freedom of speech, particularly on the Internet and in the news media, provided the foundation for a vibrant society. On the second day of a weeklong trip to China with her two daughters and her mother, Mrs. Obama spoke to an audience of Americans and Chinese at Peking University, and in the midst of an appeal for more American students to study abroad, she also talked of the value for people of...
  • Is Michelle Obama More Censored Than China's First Lady?

    03/21/2014 10:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/21 | Cathy Newman
    Michelle Obama's tour of China begins today, during which she will share the limelight with the country's First Lady, Peng Liyuan. Cathy Newman isn't sure who will say less...She’s one of the world’s most glamorous First Ladies, a star in her own right, and a supportive, caring wife to a super-powerful president. Move over Michelle Obama: China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan is now so famous in her own right, the American president’s wife will find herself having to share the spotlight when the two get together today. During Obama’s visit to China, she’ll no doubt find president Xi Jinping’s wife...
  • Press to Obama: Thank You, Sir, May I Have Another?

    03/21/2014 2:58:38 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/20/2014 | IBD Staff
    Bias: How much abuse will the mainstream media take before they stand up for themselves? When the abuse comes from the Obama administration, their tolerance appears to be unlimited. This week, for example, two things happened that should have sent reporters into a frenzy of outrage.
  • Michelle Obama, Daughters Make Stylish Arrival in China, Promote Family Time

    03/20/2014 11:33:12 AM PDT · by bkopto · 113 replies
    Latino Post ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Yara Simon
    Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, are in China to promote family, a U.S.-China diplomacy, and they are doing it in style. Obama wore a leather-and-suede patchwork Derek Lam dress. She paired it with thigh high boots, and seemed to be dressed for slightly chilly weather. Sasha and Malia were equally as chic. The sisters wore complementary outfits, as they are known to do. Sasha wore a velvet red skirt, a black top and tights. Malia wore a shiny silver pleated skirt and a brown shirt. The Obamas were invited by another stylish lady, Chinese First Lady Peng...
  • Michelle Obama Fires the White House Pastry Chef "Dessert is Not a Right!"

    03/20/2014 7:15:03 AM PDT · by vrwc54 · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/20/14 | Granny Jan
    It's a parody.
  • News you won't be hearing about Michelle Obama's China junket

    03/20/2014 6:57:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Evidently the White House realizes that Michelle Obama’s expensive and luxurious family junket to China, accompanied by her mother and daughters, looks like a colossal waste of taxpayer money. That’s the logical explanation for unusual restrictions on media access. No reporters are accompanying her. Even the Obama sycophants at the New York Times are noticing:  "Mrs. Obama is drawing scrutiny for her decision to travel with her mother and her two daughters, who are on spring break, bringing to mind a vacation she took to Spain in 2010 with her daughter Sasha and some friends. She and her entourage paid...
  • Saturated fat does not cause heart disease: Study

    03/19/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Times of India ^ | Mar 20, 2014 | Kounteya Sinha
    Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the British Heart Foundation have found there is actually no evidence that confirms changing the type of fat you eat from "bad" saturated to "healthier" polyunsaturated cuts heart risk. The researchers analysed data from 72 unique studies with over 600,000 participants from 18 nations and found total saturated fatty acid, whether measured in the diet or in the bloodstream as a biomarker, was not associated with coronary disease risk in the observational studies.
  • White House pastry chef resigns: ‘I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs’

    03/18/2014 11:44:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 104 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions. Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey...
  • Michelle Obama’s “Success” In Reducing Childhood Obesity Never Happened

    03/19/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mark Horne
    If you were reading me in January, you might remember how shocked I was by a claim (one of many false claims) that President Barack Obama made in his state of the union speech. I wrote, “If The President Can Credit Michelle Obama With Lowering Childhood Obesity, Then He can Get Away With Anything.”
  • White House losing pastry chef Bill Yosses in June

    03/19/2014 8:45:34 AM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    AP via Quincy Herald-Whig ^ | Mar 18, 2014 | DARLENE SUPERVILLE
    The executive pastry chef has given notice that he's leaving the White House in June after more than seven years of dessert-making. He plans to move to New York to teach about eating healthier, and join his husband... Yosses has said he was dubbed "The Crust Master" by President Barack Obama, who had a weakness for just about any fruit pie the chef turned out. Last Thanksgiving, for example, the Obama family and guests had their choice of six varieties of Yosses' pies - huckleberry, pecan, chocolate cream, sweet potato, banana cream or coconut cream. At Christmas, the roughly 300-pound...
  • Michelle Obama Looks to Ease Mistrust on China Trip

    03/18/2014 7:04:52 PM PDT · by lbryce · 61 replies
    Space War ^ | March 18, 2014 | Staff
    Michelle Obama will look to dispel growing mistrust between the United States and China through a weeklong tour of the Asian power focused deliberately on soft issues, officials said Monday. Accompanied by her two daughters and mother, the US first lady will head Wednesday on a tour to some of China's most celebrated sites including the Great Wall, the ancient terracotta warrior sculptures of Xian and a panda preserve. White House officials said that Michelle Obama would not take up the myriad disputes between the two nations but would instead speak about educational exchanges and emphasize US goodwill toward the...
  • Moms: This Is What Your Government Expects of You

    03/18/2014 10:37:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Foundry (Heritage Foundation blog) ^ | March 18, 2014 | Amy Payne
    If you’re a mom of grown children, this is for you.Did you know that the Obama administration and the state of Rhode Island are counting on you to nag your kids into signing up for Obamacare?Good old-fashioned guilt and annoyance—that’s the ticket, apparently. But just giving your kids a call or sending them an email isn’t enough.Rhode Island’s newest strategy is urging mothers to sign up for social networking and even online dating sites to send messages to their children.The state’s Obamacare exchange has put together the “Nag Toolkit.” The website isn’t subtle. It says, “learn how to be where...
  • A look at first lady's China itinerary

    03/17/2014 5:52:55 PM PDT · by opentalk · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 17, 2014 | staff
    Highlights of first lady Michelle Obama's trip to China with her daughters and mother: THURSDAY: Arrives Beijing. FRIDAY: Joins first lady Peng Liyuan at Beijing Normal School; visits Forbidden City; meets with Peng and joins her for dinner and performance.
  • Michelle Obama Wants You to Cook at Home

    03/17/2014 5:39:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies ^ | March 14, 2014 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Next up for "Let's Move?" How about "Let's Cook." Michelle Obama said Friday that a new focus of her anti-childhood obesity effort will be to help people cook more of their meals at home because they're healthier. Addressing a health summit in Washington, the first lady said home-cooked meals have less fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories than meals prepared in restaurants — and save money, too.
  • Ban Bossy Hypocrites

    03/16/2014 6:55:24 AM PDT · by vrwc54 · 11 replies
    You Tube ^ | 3/16/14 | Granny Jan
    Ban Bossy Hypocrites is my new video. The Obamas support banning the word Bossy and I will show you what great examples they are.
  • Obama Completes Fun-in-the-Sun Weekend

    03/10/2014 2:20:29 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 3/10/2014 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama Sunday returned from yet another golf vacation, this one a two-day excursion to Key Largo with First Lady Michelle Obama. The Obamas stayed at the ritzy Ocean Reef Club, requiring a major security operation to ensure their safety and happiness. “The White House rented several houses in Ocean Reef and security in the community was tight,” according to KeysInfoNet, which said F-16s had to be scrambled a couple of times to escort private planes out of the area. It’s the third vacation of the year for the Obamas, following their annual sojourn in Hawaii in January and separate...
  • America’s war on obesity is an assault on our liberty

    03/10/2014 1:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Christopher Caldwell
    Tolerance for regulation is growing even though we know little about its effectiveness. There is a glimmer of hope for the fat countries of the world – for Mexico, which has recently outstripped the US as the most overweight population in the Americas, and for Britain and Hungary, which vie for the title of Europe’s most obese nation. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a steep drop in obesity among US toddlers. While a seventh (14 per cent) of children aged two to five had a very high body mass index a decade ago,...
  • First Lady To Obamacare Counselors: ‘You Are Doing God’s Work’

    03/06/2014 6:57:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Miami-With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, Michelle Obama zeroed in on recruiting the crucial young adult demographic during a visit to a Miami community health center Wednesday. The first lady congratulated a handful of residents who had just enrolled during an intimate event, asking one woman whether she had gotten her son to enroll. “Tell him he could get hit by a car. It’s crazy. They don’t think about that kind of stuff,” said Obama, who moments later applauded another mother for signing herself and adult son up for insurance plans....
  • President Obama turns attention to minority males

    03/06/2014 2:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The South Florida Times / The Associated Press ^ | March 6, 2014 | Mohamed Hamaludin
    In one of the most significant steps of its kind taken by any Administration, President Barack Obama has unveiled a plan which he hopes will lift young minority men out of a persistent cycle of despair and hopelessness into productive lives. Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative will be in the hands of a top-level task force, which the president has appointed “to develop a coordinated federal effort to improve significantly the expected life outcomes for boys and young men of color,” he wrote in a memo outlining his plan. The program will cover not only young African-American men but also...
  • Girls’ Night Out: First Lady Michelle Obama Attends A Concert In Annapolis

    03/04/2014 6:40:03 PM PST · by workerbee · 20 replies
    CBSBaltimore ^ | 3/4/14 | Monique Griego
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—We’re used to seeing First Lady Michelle Obama at a podium addressing crowds, but even she needs a girls’ night out once in a while. This weekend she chose a small venue in Annapolis to let her hair down. The first lady and three of her girlfriends attended a concert at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis. The staff there says they had no idea she was coming up until right before the show! Sunday night started off pretty normal for Zach Price. As general manager of Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, he was getting things ready...
  • Michelle Obama vows to help ‘confused and bewildered’ moms shop for groceries

    03/03/2014 4:42:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    First lady Michelle Obama has vowed to help “confused and bewildered” moms wandering aimlessly in the aisles of America’s grocery stores. The help won’t come in lower prices, but in redesigned nutrition labels that will bold calories and “added sugar” and will more accurately describe serving sizes, according to CNS News. “As consumers and as parents, we have a right to understand what’s in the food we’re feeding our families,” Obama said Thursday in a press conference at the White House. “Because that’s really the only way that we can make informed choices — by having clear, accurate information.” Fresh...
  • Amy Poehler and Michelle Obama Are Besties, Parks and Recreation Comes to Miami

    03/01/2014 8:46:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | February 26, 2014 | Hannah Sentenac
    Looks like Miami's new sister city is none other than Pawnee, Ind. Yesterday, the 305 was home to Parks and Recreation IRL, as Amy Poehler and Michelle Obama took the stage at the NFL/YET Center at Gwen Cherry Park to announce some new additions to the first-lady's "Let's Move" kids' health initiative. Miamians with their affinity for all things pork could certainly stand to take a cue from both Obama's efforts and from the enthusiasm of Leslie Knope, who's bound and determined to get Pawneeans to ditch 64-ounce sodas and paunch burgers. Together, the duo waxed rhapsodic about healthy...
  • Deval Patrick and the Curse of the 2nd Black President

    03/01/2014 3:11:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Root ^ | February 27, 2014 | Charles D. Ellison
    If two-term Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick wants to be a candidate for president in 2016, he’s faced with one problematic detail: We’ve already had a black president. Patrick, who’s the Bay State’s first African-American chief executive, is openly chewing on a bid for the White House, answering “maybe” in a recent Politico interview when asked about a possible run. “That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” he said. “Let’s just see what time tells.” The problem, though, isn’t so much convincing his wife—who’s probably attracted now,...
  • An Open Letter to Michelle Obama From a Knucklehead

    02/28/2014 7:48:16 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | Date unknown, Feb 2014 | Patrick Kane
  • Michelle Obama flexes policy muscle

    02/28/2014 10:09:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 27, 2014 | Jennifer Epstein, Helena Bottemiller Evich and Tarini Parti
    First lady Michelle Obama has shown this week she’s got the muscle to make big things happen. She’s been no stranger to advocacy efforts that back her husband’s policy goals, from encouraging Americans to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to nudging major corporations to hire military spouses. But the first lady and her office had largely avoided playing a major role in the process of crafting federal policy — focusing on partnerships with foundations and corporations, rather than on regulations and interagency coordination. Until now. On Tuesday, she and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new...
  • New food labels will have super-size calorie counts (Michelle supported FDA proposal)

    02/27/2014 2:53:16 PM PST · by matt04 · 21 replies
    New 'Nutrition Facts' labels on packages will let families know whether their food has added sugars for the first time while reflecting more realistic portion sizes. Calorie counts will also be in larger, bolder type under the label changes being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, which were announced by Michelle Obama on Tuesday. Under the changes, serving sizes would be based on what people actually eat, rather than what they should eat. A serving of ice cream, for example, would be half a pint, rather than a quarter of a pint. Both 12-ounce and 20-ounce soda bottles will...
  • Michelle Obama promotes plan for food label overhaul

    02/27/2014 11:22:30 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 56 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/27/14 | BBC
    First Lady Michelle Obama has unveiled plans for the most sweeping overhaul of nutrition labels on US food packages in more than two decades. Calorie counts will appear in larger, bolder type, and consumers will know for the first time whether foods have added sugars. Under the Obama administration's plan, labels will also feature more realistic descriptions of a serving. It is not clear whether the food industry will support the proposals. 'Families deserve better' "You as a parent and a consumer should be able to walk into your local grocery store, pick up an item off the shelf and...
  • Cut out junk food ads in schools, government says

    02/25/2014 8:19:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 25, 2014 9:01 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick and Darlene Superville
    It’s not just about what America’s kids are getting in the lunch line. The Obama administration is moving to phase out junk food advertising on football scoreboards and elsewhere on school grounds—part of a broad effort to combat child obesity and create what Michelle Obama calls “a new norm” for today’s schoolchildren and future generations. “This new approach to eating and activity is not just a fad,” Mrs. Obama said Tuesday as she described the proposed rules at the White House. Promotion of sugary drinks and junk foods around campuses during the school day would be phased out under the...
  • White House Sets New Limits on Junk Food Ads in Schools: Part of Michelle's "Let's Move" initiative

    02/25/2014 3:15:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | February 25, 2014 | Denver Nicks
    The Obama administration laid out new restrictions on the marketing of junk food and sugary drinks in schools on Tuesday. The new rules from the White House and the Department of Agriculture prohibit advertisements for unhealthy foods on school campuses during the school day, including sugary drinks that account for 90 percent of such ads in school. An ad for regular Coca-Cola, for example, would be banned from appearing on a scoreboard at a high school football game, though ads for Diet Coke and Dasani water, owned by the same company, would be allowed. Junk food ads like a Coca-Cola...
  • Michelle Obama is the "knucklehead" for her comment to youth about Obamacare

    02/24/2014 3:35:43 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 8 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-24-14 | The Looking Spoon
    She said this...see it here.In fairness (as if she deserves it) she was saying young people need health insurance because of the things they do that would ultimately require medical attention. She's not saying they're knuckleheads for not buying into Obamacare (that argument comes next as the law continues to collapse).Honestly, she doesn't deserve this benefit of the doubt because it's actually just another example of how government (for which she is speaking on behalf of) views us as infantile cattle that need to be herded and "cared" for, and that SHE and her ilk must do the caring.Maybe what...
  • A politically incorrect (or "correct" depending on your P.O.V.) reality show for Obama

    02/21/2014 2:58:44 PM PST · by The Looking Spoon · 7 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 2-21-14 | The Looking Spoon
    I have Netflix, and I keep hearing great stuff about House of Cards...I'm very close to checking it out.I would definitely watch this show though...
  • Michelle Obama Talks Obamacare, Let’s Move! w/Jimmy Fallon (“young people are knuckleheads”)

    02/21/2014 2:13:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | February 21, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    After doing a fun bit in a Tonight Show sketch, Michelle Obama sat down to talk with Jimmy Fallon about life in the White House, dealing with two young girls while still being the First Lady and all, her Let’s Move! healthy living initiative, and getting young people signed up under the Affordable Care Act. Obama said Malia and Sasha are basically just like every other kid: they want “nothing to do” with their parents. After chatting about that and the Olympics a bit, Fallon brought up the Let’s Move campaign (which Fallon has promoted twice before when the First...