Sunday, June 5, 2011

Do As Obama Says Not As He Does

Michelle Obama’s first lady issue has been declaring a War on Fatties, complete with heavy-handed new regulations of school lunches and replacing the food pyramid with the, uh, food plate.

But just a day after America got its first look at their new eating guidelines from the USDA, the President wolfed down two chili dogs (with extra chili!) and some french fries in Toledo.

I guess telling fibs is hungry work.

When his wife unveiled the USDA’s new nutritional plate yesterday, there definitely wasn’t a space for chili dogs.

But that didn’t stop Barack Obama wolfing down two in Toledo today – with fries and an extra bowl of chili on the side.

The president happily munched on the unhealthy meal before he visited the city’s Chrysler factory, and even teased one of his hosts for ordering ketchup, a faux-pas in his home town of Chicago.

To be clear, I don’t really care what Obama eats. He could subsist on a steady diet of Mellow Yellow, cheeseburgers and Camel cigarettes for all I care. I just wish he and his administration would stop trying to use the power of government to manipulate how the rest of us eat.

Obama’s supporters will probably role their eyes and demand to know why the President’s diet is worthy of criticism. My response would be that I’ll stop caring about what the President eats when he stops caring about what I eat.