Monday, December 13, 2010

Michelle Obama: 'Can't Leave It Up to the Parents'

At the signing of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act this morning, Michelle Obama once again revealed that she believes the government must be involved in raising the nation's children.

She said, "We can't just leave it up to the parents."


Transcript, from the White House

MICHELLE OBAMA: These folks don’t just support this bill as leaders and as professionals, but as parents as well. And we know that ensuring that kids eat right and stay active is ultimately the responsibility of parents more than anyone else.

And everywhere I go, fortunately, I meet parents who are working very hard to make sure that their kids are healthy. They’re doing things like cutting down on desserts and trying to increase fruits and vegetables. They’re trying to teach their kids the kind of healthy habits that will stay with them for a lifetime.

But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school, and when many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals, it’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well. We can’t just leave it up to the parents.

That's liberalism in a nutshell.

The government must assure that kids eat healthy foods, not the parents.

Michelle talks out of both sides of her mouth.

"And we know that ensuring that kids eat right and stay active is ultimately the responsibility of parents more than anyone else."

"We can’t just leave it up to the parents."

She gives lip-service to personal responsibility but in the end it's government that will make sure kids eat right.

For decades, Democrats have insisted that government stay out of our bedrooms; but when it comes to our diets, only the government can be trusted to make the right choices for us.

That's not America, land of the free.


Harvey Finkelstein said...

Good grief. Like Michelle is really going to help the millions and millions of kids in this country, right. She thinks that everything is now hunky dory as the government is now in control and we all know how effective they are at doing most anything.

At least Michelle feels good about herself now.

Mary said...

What's weird is that she read prepared remarks.

What dunce of a speechwriter would give her such a horrible line like "We can't leave it up to the parents"?

billlamoreyshow said...

I think whenever you overplay your hand and over-politicize an issue it tends to get kind of funny and sometimes downright silly; which is the inspiration for this video "Michelle Obama warns: Beware of Weapons of Mass Consumption!":

Amy said...

Mrs. Obama seems to be saying that parents are doing a good job but without a reform in school lunch programs their efforts are being circumvented by the government. In other words she's fairly faulting the school lunch program for not adequately supporting parental health efforts, not saying that the government should be taking over parental responsibilities to their children.

Mike said...

And increasingly here in Michigan school meal programs are handled by a for-profit vendor hired by local school districts to supposedly save costs. Its an interesting blend of private industry and local government co-managing a service function which continues to evolve.

Harvey Finkelstein said...

If that's the case, it is a local issue, NOT a Federal one.

Michelle is just doing this stuff to make her and Barry look so caring and enlightened to the great unwashed. It's all just politics.

Anonymous said...

The food being served in schools under Michelle Obama'said guidance, and I understand providing her with a tidy profit, is pure poison. It is full of salt, sugar, preservatives and soy estrogen. I wonder that children survive lunch in order to attend afternoon class. Our school went from made from scratch, whole foods to microwave processed foods under Ms. Obamas guidance. I sincerely hope the balance of her bank account is worth the killing of our children. As a horrified teacher, I am posting for fear of my job.