Michelle Obama is trying to save the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. And who isn't for healthy and hunger-free kids, right?
It turns out that it was a struggle for her to figure out how to feed herself and her kids and she's got an idea about how the government can make it easier for others.
In an interview with MSN's Healthy Living, she made two particular statements that deserve further comment.
Before coming to the White House, I struggled, as a working parent with a traveling, busy husband, to figure out how to feed my kids healthy, and I didn’t get it right.
Our pediatrician had to pull me aside and point out some things that were going wrong.
I thought to myself, if a Princeton and Harvard educated professional woman doesn’t know how to adequately feed her kids, then what are other parents going through who don’t have access to the information I have?
Is it really that hard?
As a parent of five, it didn't take a pediatrician consult for me to figure out what to put on my kids' plates. It may surprise the Obamas to discover that many parents have successfully fed their offspring without Princeton and Harvard degrees, in addition to not needing “access to information.”
Lastly, as many “working” moms don't earn $316,912 a year, in addition to a husband who was earning $162,100 as a Senator, perhaps the First Lady protested a tad too much.
Then she spilled the milk, so to speak:
It’s so important for our schools to make the hard calls for our kids, because parents are struggling enough at home.
Excuse me, who should be making the hard calls for “our” kids? Our schools, who admittedly have a tough job to do, are not and should not be given the right to make “hard calls” in our place. It seems like the education geniuses are having a hard enough time making the call about how to teach kids simple addition.
Childhood obesity and unhealthy eating are legitimate topics for conversation and good for Michelle for addressing them. But the progressive assumption, that they know what is best and are going to decide for us, is condescending and arrogant. And isn't the liberal mantra all about “equality”?