Michelle’s photo-op at Target store was staged

Michelle’s photo-op at Target store was staged

Rick Moran

It turns out that the AP photographer
who snapped the photos was tipped off that Michelle Obama would be at the store,
according
to Yahoo:

Looks like Mrs. Obama’s security
threw on their street clothes to blend in because no suits with earbuds were
spotted in the store.

Right outside of D.C. in Alexandria,
VA, FLOTUS decided to grab a few things for 30-40 minutes with her assistant at
the local Target. She was dressed in a floral button down, black pants, a Nike
baseball cap, and shades. But of course, she was still somewhat noticeable. The
Associated Press reported that Secret Service arrived 30 minutes before her and
blended with the other customers. The only person who recognized the First Lady
was her cashier!

In case you’re wondering if it was
really her, the White House confirmed it this afternoon
saying,

“It is not uncommon for the First
Lady to slip out to run an errand, eat at a local restaurant or otherwise enjoy
the city outside the White House gates,” said Kristina Schake, communications
director for the First Lady.

CBS News reports the pics
were snapped by an Associated Press photographer who says he was tipped off that
she would be there.
(emphasis
added).

The fact that the White House tipped
off a well known photographer about the “shopping trip” gives the lie to the WH
statement that the First Lady likes to “slip out to run an errand.” Stage
managing this Precious Moment of supposed normalcy will do little to change the
perception of the First Lady that she is a luxury loving social climber who
looks down on the rest of us.

HT: Gateway
Pundit

Impatient Michelle’s $63,000 Flight

Impatient Michelle’s $63,000 Flight

Jeannie DeAngelis

Recently, children at Long Branch Elementary School in Virginia gathered around President Obama’s feet at a book reading and heard there is no Santa Claus when he said: “Not everybody is as lucky as we are. There are a lot of kids out there who may not be able to get a lot of presents for Christmas because their parents don’t have a lot of money.”

Granted, it is good to remind children to be grateful for blessings and to be mindful of reality and those less fortunate.  However, one can’t help but wonder how Barack reconciles his own family’s in-your-face extravagance while burdening middle class seven year-olds with guilt at Christmas.

While Barry urged wide-eyed tots, looking forward to Christmas presents under the tree, to “have fun” – but not so much fun that they forget the “Tiny Tims” of the world – Michelle was loading up an Air Force C-40B because she couldn’t wait a couple of days to start an extravagant Hawaiian vacation.

Barack decided to postpone the trip so he could deliver coal in the stocking of the military just in time for Christmas and oversee Congress ramming through the ultimate Christmas special: “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” 

Lord knows, Michelle won’t tolerate being kept waiting, as evidenced the night of the White House Christmas party when Obama handed over the press conference reins to Jolly Ole Bill Clinton to rush off to meet Michelle under the mistletoe, dressed in an economical $2,500 secondhand frock.

Barack knows if he’s late Michelle will leave without him, which is exactly what she did.  Michelle intended to get every second of well-deserved vacation time – two weeks is two weeks and not a second less.  So Shelley packed up the girls and the dog and departed as scheduled, leaving the President behind to do as much damage as possible before the end of the year.

“Mrs. Obama’s decision to go without the president forced her to take a separate plane, meaning two flights instead of one are needed to ferry the First Family to their vacation destination.” At $6,330 per flight hour for a 10-hour flight, the first lady gave nary a thought to $63,000 in additional expenses billed directly to taxpayers, such as the parents of the children Barack was reminding to be cognizant of the less fortunate.

The whole operation will be repeated when Barry flies into Hawaii via AF1 to meet the wife and kids. “Since the cost of moving the entire family together on Air Force One would not likely have been much different than that of taking just the president, the first lady’s trip is a $63,000 add-on.”

By leaving early on her own aircraft, Michelle, who epitomizes someone who “spend[s] time thinking about the less fortunate,” incurred even more than a $63,000 get-the-First-Lady-to-the-luau-on-time/Christmas-in-Hawaii expense, especially if “logistical support operation[s] – including a retinue of Secret Service agents” are added to the tab. Not to mention the “Sasquatch-sized carbon footprint … commandeering her own jet to take her to Hawaii” imposed on the environment.

Nonetheless, to appear less extravagant, Mrs. Obama sacrificed by taking a modestly sized high priority transport instead of sending AF1 back and forth like a shuttle bus to pick up presidential vacationers.  In other words, Michelle roughed it for the cause!

Meanwhile, while the kiddies in Virginia see visions of impoverished children instead of sugar plums dancing in their heads, in a “trio of multimillion dollar beachfront homes” the “Obama family and friends will be [spending] Christmas and New Year’s” in the lap of luxury, spending lots of time “thinking” about the less fortunate.

Author’s content: www.jeannie-ology.com

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MICHELLE OBAMA: CHILD FAT IS ‘NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT’…

First
lady has new warning on obesity

By: Mike Allen
December 13, 2010
08:52 AM EST


First Lady Michelle Obama plans to warn in remarks Monday that the nation is
seeing “a groundswell of support” for curbing childhood obesity, and she is
unveiling new ammunition from current and retired military leaders.

“[M]ilitary leaders … tell us that when more than one in four young
people are unqualified for military service because of their weight,” the first
lady says in prepared remarks, “childhood obesity isn’t just a public health
threat, it’s not just an economic threat, it’s a national security threat as
well.”

The first lady and President Barack Obama are making a rare joint
speaking appearance on Monday, at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Northwest
D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, as he signs into law the Healthy,
Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.

From Mrs. Obama’s prepared remarks:

“We can all agree that here in the wealthiest nation on earth, all
children should have the basic nutrition they need to learn and grow and pursue
their dreams. Because in the end, nothing is more important than the health and
well-being of our children…and our hopes for their future should drive every
decision we make. These are the basic values that we all share. They’re the
values that this bill embodies. And that’s why we’ve seen such a groundswell of
support for these efforts – not just from Members of Congress here in
Washington, but from folks in every corner of the country.

“From
educators working to provide healthier school meals, because they know the
connection between proper nutrition and academic performance. From doctors and
nurses who know that unhealthy kids grow into unhealthy adults – at risk for
obesity-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. From business
and labor leaders who know that we spend nearly $150 billion a year to treat
these diseases and worry about the impact on our economy. From advocates and
faith leaders who know that school meals are vital for combating child hunger,
feeding more than 31 million children a day.

 

“And from military leaders who tell us that when more than one in four young
people are unqualified for military service because of their weight, childhood
obesity isn’t just a public health threat…it’s not just an economic threat…it’s
a national security threat as well. These folks come at this issue from all
different angles. But they’ve come together to support this bill, because they
know that it’s the right thing to do for our kids. And they know that in the
long run, it won’t just save money, it will save LIVES.”

Among the
statements of support for the legislation gathered by the administration:

–Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, American Heart Association:
“With the implementation of this law, our nation’s kids will be less likely to
grow up with early risk factors for heart disease and stroke.”

–HHS
Secretary Sebelius: “By increasing the number of students eligible to enroll in
school meal programs and improving the quality of food served, this legislation
simultaneously tackles both hunger and the obesity levels.”

–Bill
Frist, heart surgeon, and former Senate Majority Leader: “I join President Obama
and the First Lady in celebrating the signing of … [t]his bipartisan legislation
… As a physician, I know smart nutrition leads to healthy and productive lives.”

–Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, N.J.: “On behalf of Mission: Readiness
and over 100 retired generals and admirals who support child nutrition
legislation as a matter of national security, we are very pleased that the
nation has taken this important step in addressing the nation’s obesity
epidemic. Being overweight or obese is the No. 1 medical reason why young men
and women are unable to join the military.”

–Mike Huckabee, Arkansas
governor, 1996-2007: “Reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in a single
generation – as First Lady Michelle Obama has called upon our nation to do –
won’t be easy. … The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act makes great strides toward
eliminating this threat to our children’s health.”

Mrs. Obama Wants $400M to Cut Drive Time Five Minutes

Mrs. Obama Wants $400M to Cut Drive Time Five Minutes

October 28th, 2010

Terrence P. Jeffrey, CNSNews.com

First  Lady Michelle Obama has called on Congress to create a $400   million-a-year program to encourage the establishment of supermarkets in   places she calls “food deserts.”

The situation in these “food  deserts,” as Mrs. Obama describes it, is  quite dire indeed. American  children are growing fat because their  parents cannot get to a  supermarket—to buy fruits and vegetables—without  undergoing the  hardship of boarding a bus or riding a taxi. As a  consequence,  food-desert-dwelling children are forced to eat fast food  and junk  procured at chain restaurants and convenience stores…

In the 2008 farm bill, Congress mandated that the department conduct a $500,000 study of “food deserts.” The study—“Access to Affordable and Nutritious Food: Measuring and Understanding Food Deserts and Their Consequences”—was published in June 2009.

The  report demonstrates that Mrs. Obama’s depiction of American “food   deserts” is fatuous at best. Lower-income Americans live closer to   supermarkets than higher-income Americans…

There are 23.5  million people who live in “low income” areas that are  more than a mile  from the nearest supermarket. But more than half of  these people are  not low-income, and almost everyone in these  areas–93.3 percent—drive  their cars to the supermarket. On average,  they spend 4.5 minutes more  than the typical American traveling to the  supermarket.

Read more.

Sarah may not be a viable presidential candidate in 2012, but she’s a gutsy lady with a lot of common sense . . . . . .THE MOST INTERESTING PART IS AT THE END!!!!!

Sarah may not be a viable presidential candidate in 2012, but she’s a gutsy lady with a lot of common sense . . . . . .

THE MOST INTERESTING PART IS AT THE END!!!!!


 

From the canadian free press. Not published by our media

READ TO THE VERY END!   VERY ENLIGHTENING!!! 
AND VERY DISTURBING!!! 


By Dewie Whetsell,  Alaskan Fisherman. 
As posted in comments on Greta’s article referencing the MOVEON ad about Sarah Palin.

The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska .  I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year.  Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it.  It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things.  Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.

1. Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing, “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. 

2. Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES.” Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them, “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course, the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

3. The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork.” She went through the list, took 85% of the m and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. 
  
Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning – I imagine – that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

4. Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5. For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. Then, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house.   Alaska won again.

6. President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona. Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.

By the way, she was content to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.

You have just read the truth about Sarah Palin that sends the media, along with the democrat party, into a wild uncontrolled frenzy to discredit her. I guess they are only interested in skirt chasers, dishonesty, immoral people, liars, womanizers, murderers, and bitter ex-presidents’ wives.


So “You go, Girl.” I only wish the men in Washington had your guts, determination, honesty, and morals.     

I rest my case. Only FOOLS listen to the biased media.  

If you’ve read this far ……………………………………….. 
First Lady Michelle Obama’s Servant List and Pay Scale

First Lady Requires More Than Twenty Attendants

1. $172,2000 - Sher, Susan (Chief Of Staff) 

2. $140,000 - Frye, Jocelyn C. (Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Policy And Projects For The First Lady)

3. $113,000 - Rogers, Desiree G.  (Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary) 

4. $102,000 - Johnston, Camille Y. (Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady) 

5. $100,000 - Winter, Melissa E. (Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 

6. $90,000 -   Medina  , David S. (Deputy Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 

7. $84,000 - Lelyveld, Catherine M. (Director and Press Secretary to the First Lady) 

8. $75,000 - Starkey, Frances M. (Director of Scheduling and Advance for the First Lady) 

9. $70,000 - Sanders, Trooper (Deputy Director of Policy and Projects for the First Lady) 

10. $65,000 - Burnough, Erinn J. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 

11. $64,000 - Reinstein, Joseph B. (Deputy Director and Deputy Social Secretary) 

12. $62,000 - Goodman, Jennifer R. (Deputy Director of Scheduling and Events Coordinator For The First Lady) 

13. $60,000 - Fitts, Alan O. (Deputy Dir ector of Advance and Trip Director for the First Lady) 

14. $57,500 - Lewis, Dana M. (Special Assistant and Personal Aide to the First Lady) 

15. $52,500 - Mustaphi, Semonti M. (Associate Director and Deputy Press Secretary to The First Lady) 

16. $50,000 - Jarvis, Kristen E. (Special=2 0Assistant for Scheduling and Traveling Aide to The First Lady) 

17. $45,000 - Lechtenberg, Tyler A. (Associate Director of Correspondence For The First Lady) 

18. $43,000 - Tubman, Samantha (Deputy Associate Director, Social Office) 

19. $40,000 - Boswell, Joseph J. (Executive Assistant to the Chief Of Staff to the First Lady) 

20. $36,000 - Armbruster, Sally M. (Staff Assistant to the Social Secretary) 

21. $35,000 - Bookey, Natalie (Staff Assistant) 
22. $35,000 - Jackson, Deilia A. (Deputy Associate Director of Correspondence for the First Lady) 
  
(This is community organizing at it’s finest.)

There has NEVER been anyone in the White House at any time who has created such an army of staffers whose sole duties are the facilitation of the First Lady’s social life. One wonders why she needs so much help, at taxpayer expense, when even Hillary, only had three; Jackie Kennedy one; Laura Bushone; and prior to Mamie Eisenhower social help came from the President’s own pocket. 
Note: This does not include makeup artist Ingrid Grimes-Miles, 49, and “First Hairstylist” Johnny Wright, 31, both of whom traveled aboard Air Force One to Europe  . 

FRIENDS…..THESE SALARIES ADD UP TO SIX MILLION, THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,364,000) FOR THE 4 YEARS OF OFFICE?????   AND WE ARE IN A RECESSION?????  WELL….MOST OF US ARE.  I GUESS IT’S OK TO SPEND WILDLY WHEN IT’S NOT YOUR OWN MONEY????? 

Copyright 2009 Canada FreePress.Com  


Yes, I know, The Canadian Free Press has to publish this because the USA  media is too scared they might be considered racist.  Sorry USA !

Ron Kind (D-WI-3) Wants The Government To Track How Much Your Daughter Weighs

Ron Kind (D-WI-3) Wants The Government To Track How Much Your Daughter Weighs

 

The Federal Fat Police Are Watching

Posted by Dan McLaughlin (Profile)

Thursday, May 13th at 7:15PM EDT

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Hey, remember when we conservatives said that if you let the federal government into everybody’s healthcare, pretty soon it will stick its peering eyes and groping hands into our personal business?

Welcome to “pretty soon,” thanks to Wisconsin Democrat Ron Kind.

Kind has introduced a bill that would commandeer your health insurer to report to the federal government the body mass index (BMI) – i.e., height and weight – of your children every year from age 2 to 18:

States receiving federal grants provided for in the bill would be required to annually track the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis.

The Healthy Choices Act–introduced by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee….amends the Public Health Services Act by stating that health care providers must record the Body Mass Index of all children ages 2 through 18. “The provision relates to all children in states that accept grants under the bill,” a spokesperson for Rep. Kind told CNSNews.com. “….BMI will be taken at times when the child makes an otherwise scheduled doctor’s visit.”

 

Let’s leave aside the many methodological problems with BMI as a measurement of obesity (such as the fact that muscular, athletic males are almost always classed as obese). The bill requires federal taxpayers to lay out yet more money to create yet another intrusive apparatus for tracking and storing information that, for example, your 16 year old daughter might regard as rather personal:

To pay for implementing BMI data gathering, Sec. 102 of the bill states that the federal government will give grants to states that meet certain criteria, including having “the capacity to store basic demographic information (including date of birth, gender and geographic area of residence), height, weight, and immunization data for each resident of the state.”

The grants also will pay for personnel and equipment necessary to measure patients’ BMI.

And naturally, any child with a BMI over a specified percentile will be nagged to get government help. Of course, Rep. Kind swears that “any data used to generate a report on the BMI data collected would not include patients’ names,” but even if the data-security provisions are foolproof in that regard, there’s still going to be an awful lot of identifiable information that will be required to be stored in government databases. And passed on to “Congress and other government officials, including the secretaries of education and agriculture,” for that matter. The same people who go into shrieking tizzies at the idea of requiring adults to show a valid driver’s licenses as proof of citizenship if they get stopped for traffic violations want to create a gigantic database of children’s physical proportions. This is, by the way, the same Ron Kind whose GOP opponent in 2006 went after his history of supporting, uh, interesting government studies:

The ad states Kind doesn’t have a problem spending money per se, but that “he would just rather spend it on sex.” The ad then details-with citations to various NIH grants-legislation Kind is said to have voted for that included funds to:

1. Study the sex lives of Vietnamese prostitutes.

2. Study the masturbation habits of old men.

3. Study the bisexual, transgendered, and two-spirited Aleutian Eskimos.

4. Pay teenage girls to watch pornographic movies with probes connected to their genitalia.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is government without limits or a sense of personal space. It’s Michelle Obama’s and Ron Kind’s America.

Kind’s district is the classic sort of district that has been safe in years past (it went 51% for John Kerry, 58% for Barack Obama), but is rated D+3 by Charlie Cook, which puts it within reach if the GOP wave this fall rises high enough. If you’d like to help, there are two GOP candidates in the district: two-term State Senator Dan Kapanke has blasted Kind over Obamacare, and you can watch him in action here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSZYLUmyhHw&feature=player_embedded

There’s also a tea party candidate, businessman Bruce Evers. However the party primary turns out, voters in Wisconsin’s Third District will have to decide if they want Uncle Sam ogling their children and nagging them to put down their cheese and bratwurst

Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop

Michelle Malkin 

Lead Story

Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop

By Michelle Malkin  •  May 12, 2010 01:06 AM

My syndicated column today takes on the First Lady’s hypocritical war on junk food. You can find the White House obesity task force report that lays the groundwork for Mrs. Obama’s nutritional power grab here. Or as White House aide Melody Barnes puts it: “It will serve as a roadmap for the work we need to do together to make sure that our kids grow up healthy and have the opportunity to live active lives.” My roadmap on the SEIU connection to Mrs. O’s campaign is here.

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Big Momma Michelle Obama: Food profiteer-turned-food cop
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2010

Let me summarize first lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity agenda: Shed as I say, not as I gain. While she crusades for organic foods and puts government pressure on corporations to stop marketing fast food and junk food to children, Mrs. Obama herself profited from the very same processed food industry she now demonizes.

In June 2005, a few months after her husband was elected to the U.S. Senate, Mrs. Obama hustled a seat on the corporate Board of Directors of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. Despite zero experience, the food-processing company put her on its audit and nominating and corporate governance committees. For her on-the-job training and the privilege of putting her name and face on their literature, the company forked over $45,000 in 2005 and $51,200 in 2006 to Mrs. Obama — as well as 7,500 TreeHouse stock options worth more than $72,000 for each year.

The chairman of the TreeHouse Foods board, Sam K. Reed, was a top executive at Kellogg’s and Keebler Foods, home of that great menace to children, the Keebler Elf. Before that, he headed up Mother’s Cake and Cookie Company. The conglomerate sells cheese sauces, Cremora non-dairy creamer, instant soup, puddings and powdered soft drink mixes. Hardly the stuff of Mrs. Obama’s new vision of nutritional paradise. TreeHouse is also a leading supplier of pickles used in the burgers of evil fast food chain McDonald’s — exactly the kind of corporate restaurants Mrs. Obama is now targeting in her war on urban “food deserts.”

The corporation-bashing Mrs. Obama would have continued raking in her TreeHouse cash if it hadn’t been for her husband’s pesky pledge to pander to Big Labor and swear off Wal-Mart. The retail giant, you see, happened to be TreeHouse’s biggest customer. And Wal-Mart is to Big Labor as sunshine is to Dracula.

In May 2007, Obama told AFL-CIO workers in Trenton, N.J., that Wal-Mart was dead to him. “I won’t shop there,” he pledged, with an eye toward embarrassing then-chief rival Hillary Clinton, who had served on Wal-Mart’s board from 1986-1992. The AFL-CIO has waged relentless attacks on Wal-Mart, dubbing it the “Poster Store for Greed.” That, by extension, would make Mrs. Obama — all-too-happy recipient of a Wal-Mart dependent compensation package worth more than $100,000 in 2008, according to Securities and Exchange Commission records — a Poster Child for Ancillary Avarice.

Candidate Obama shrugged off his wife’s conflict of interest. “Michelle and I have to live in the world and pay taxes and pay for our kids and save for retirement,” Obama explained to Crain’s Chicago Business magazine before his White House bid. Political expediency, alas, required that the candidate’s wife step down when the issue reared its head after Obama’s Wal-Mart bashing during the presidential campaign cycle. True to form, Mrs. Obama turned the decision into an ostentatious display of martyrdom:

“As my campaign commitments continue to ramp up, it is becoming more difficult for me to provide the type of focus I would like on my professional responsibilities,” said Chicago’s Joan of Arc in a resignation statement eight days after her husband declared his boycott of the stores stocked with food items processed and distributed by her TreeHouse colleagues. “My priorities, particularly at this important time, are ensuring that our young daughters feel a sense of comfort and normalcy in this process, and that I can support my husband in his presidential campaign to bring much needed change to this country.”

She saw no conflict then. And she sees no conflict now in wielding her East Wing clout to restrict the advertising free speech of the food industry that lined her pocketbook with big, fat paychecks. The Obama White House is on an insatiable control binge. No private space has been left behind — not your grocery aisles, not your children’s TV shows, not even your refrigerator.

Give the first lady this: She has an uncanny knack for wrapping her self-interests in the mantle of self-sacrifice and public service. It’s the Obama way.

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