First Lady Criticized For 1,700 Calorie Meal As The Head Of “Let’s Move” Campaign

BY: - 12 Jul '11 | President and FLOTUS

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File this under “Can the FLOTUS have some breathing room, please? Thanks.”

From the Washington Post:

First lady Michelle Obama ordered a whopper of a meal at the newly opened Washington diner Shake Shack during lunch on Monday.

A Washington Post journalist on the scene confirmed the first lady, who’s made a cause out of child nutrition, ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke while the street and sidewalk in front of the usually-packed Shake Shack were closed by security during her visit.

According to nutritional information on Shake Shack’s Web site, the meal amounted to 1,700 calories. But it was impossible to tell whether the first lady intended to eat the entire order, or share with friends (the latter seems a tad more likely considering the two drinks).

Many of the commenters on the various stories around the net yawned and figured it was no big deal.

One wrote:

Who cares? It’s not like she’s fat. She obviously knows when to indulge and when to say no.

Michelle Obama even said it herself in an interview last year:

I love burgers and fries, you know? And I love ice cream and cake. So do most kids. We’re not talking about a lifestyle that excludes all that. That’s the fun of being a kid. That’s the fun of being a human.

BMWK family, what do you think? Should she be more careful about what she eats in public, especially as she fights to reverse childhood obesity rates in this country? Or does she send a good message about eating foods in moderation?

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6 WordPress comments on “First Lady Criticized For 1,700 Calorie Meal As The Head Of “Let’s Move” Campaign

  1. PatriciaW

    No.  We as a people should be more careful about what we pay attention to.  There are so many more important things that could use our concern.

  2. Lamar

    I agree with you Patricia. The lady obviously is always working out and takes care of herself. Also loved it how the reporter had admitted that she had 2 drinks so it might not have even been all of her food. Even if it was who cares but get ready for a lot more of this mess as we get closer to the election year.

  3. Tgprosper

    I doubt she eats like that everyday. People need to relax and pay more attention to improving themselves and their communities instead of looking for ways to criticize others.

  4. Mandlync35

    It’s important that she is being REAL and not like she is some perfect robot… You should be able to have anything you want in moderation. When it become excessive is when it becomes a problem.

  5. Amy Harman

    It’s ok for ANYONE to eat a burger and fries!  Eating healthy does not necessarily make you a good person.  And eating “unhealthy” things is not a sin.  I’m glad Mrs. Obama doesn’t feel pressure to eat “perfectly”.  It’s ok to enjoy food.

  6. Kristen R. Harris

    No, she shouldnt have to watch what she eats in public…thats insane! EVERYONE indulges every now and then…thats what living life happily is all about. Its really sickens me that we spend some much time majoring in MINOR stuff…SMH

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Money Monday: Has President Obama Done Enough To Address Black Unemployment?

BY: - 18 Jul '11 | Home

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The Chicago Sun-Times captured the state of Black America with its recent headline, “The Disappearing Black Middle Class.” At 16.2%, the unemployment rate for Black Americans under Obama has reached historic levels.

As the old saying goes, when America catches the cold, Black America catches pneumonia.

“Some see a bitter irony in soaring black unemployment and the decline of the black middle class on the watch of the first black president,” the Sun-Times pointed out.

With such economic devastation in the Black community, it’s no wonder many Obama supporters are less than pleased with the president’s performance. Once staunch advocates have turned into rabid critics.

“A black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats,” is how Princeton professor Cornel West described President Obama.

Admittedly, Dr. West’s comments may have been over the top, but even the Congressional Black Caucus has accused the president of failing to adequately address the epidemic of Black unemployment. And everyone from media pundits to rap artists has weighed in. Jay-Z, for instance, claimed criticism of the president’s economic performance was “fair.”

Critics point to a laundry list of presidential missteps. They argue the president has not stood up to Republican efforts to kill jobs at every turn, that he’s continued Bush-era tax cuts for the ultra-rich, and that he pressed for a stimulus package that was short on money for economic stimulus and heavy on Republican-inspired tax cuts.

Others point to the fact that Wall Street received massive tax payer bailouts, but not one Wall Street executive was prosecuted under Obama’s watch, all but guaranteeing they’ll continue the same types of activities that brought the nation to its knees.

But, it’s easy to be a critic.

How quickly we forget that at the end of the Bush presidency the nation was losing nearly 700,000 jobs a month. In contrast, under President Obama, nearly 125,000 jobs per month were created in the first half of 2011.

And President Obama has accomplished this while working with members of Congress who have made their primary goal “to make Mr. Obama a one-term president.”

In our “what have you done for me lately” culture, it’s easy to overlook the fact that Mr. Obama single-handedly saved the American auto industry from extinction, a move that saved more than a million jobs. And while the nation suffers 9% unemployment, most economists agree that the president’s swift actions prevented America from slipping into a second Great Depression.

Yes, it’s quite easy to be bash the president’s economic polices when you’re not standing in Great Depression-type soup lines.

BMWK, what’s your take? Has President Obama done enough to address Black unemployment? Do you think he’s selling out to corporate interests, or is he simply the victim of a Congress desperate to see him fail?

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