Michelle Obama Ate a Cheeseburger! And Fries!

Some people on Twitter and around the blogosphere are shouting  Hypocrisy! because Michelle Obama, who has been running around the country touting the dangers of childhood obesity, ordered a cheeseburger and fries at a Milwaukee diner.

President Obama often uses a “Don’t tell Michelle” line when he travels on the road and eats fast food.

But the first lady — known for her healthful eating initiatives — had her own fast-food moment while on the road in Milwaukee on Wednesday. Michelle Obama stopped at Miss Katie’s Diner and had a cheeseburger and fries, according to TMJ4, a local NBC affiliate.

While I suppose this is mildly amusing, one can simultaneously advocate healthy eating and yet occasionally indulge in fatty foods.   Of the criticisms one can heap on Barack and Michelle Obama, that they’re fat and out of shape are among the least plausible.   And, while I haven’t seen a lot of pictures of the girls lately, they seem to be eating healthy foods and getting a reasonable amount of exercise, too.

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Comments

  1. Well, as I’m sure has been pointed out before, the Left likes to hand-wave and breast-beat at the Right when its representatives are caught not living up to the presumed ironclad moral standards that supposedly apply to everyone to the right of Bill Maher.

    So, when someone to the Left fails to adhere unerringly to the dictates of health Nazis or the Green Mafia, of course we’re going to point and mock.

  2. mantis says:

    The health Nazis are coming to take you away to the health concentration camps! Resist!

  3. Davebo says:

    “So, when someone to the Left fails to adhere unerringly to the dictates of health Nazis or the Green Mafia, of course we’re going to point and mock.”

    Because other than this trivia, we honestly got nothing!

    Well, except all those cases of judicial activism that have occurred which we can’t really name but we know about them nonetheless.

  4. Alex Knapp says:

    Actually, depending how they’re made, a hamburger and fries can be quite healthy. Lose the bun on the burger, use premium grass-fed beef and raw cheese from grass-fed cows. Organic potatoes deep fried in tallow or lard….

    Excuse me, it’s time for lunch now….

  5. sam says:

    “Lose the bun on the burger, use premium grass-fed beef and raw cheese from grass-fed cows.”

    Hold the bun, hold the cheese, hold the pickles, hold the mayo, …

  6. DMan says:

    “of course we’re going to point and mock”

    I love the “we” mentality of some. Of course you’re going to act like a child, demonize the other side and fail to analyze anything rationally when you self-identify with a political movement.

  7. john personna says:

    Does the left really own food idiocy? Or does the right own fast food over-consumption?

    I’d hope not. Reasonable observers should see Mrs. Obama as a healthy woman and should not be surprised that a (medium grade or above) burger and fries can be part of a healthy diet (and exercise pattern).

    I was staying with my mom this last week, as she recovered from a surgery. I tucked into lots of Taiwanese food in the now-Asian neighborhood. Eating that stuff in that quantity all the time might blow up my weight … but I seem to have dodge the bullet.

    (I went into scary places with “C” health codes. I dodged that bullet too.)

    Moderation in all things, even in “excess.”

  8. kma says:

    You got to be kidding? Michelle Obama is seen by anyone as a healthy individual? Are you guys blind? She’s got an ass as wide as Texas and you’re going to BS the public into saying that’s healthy? You need to wake up, anyone with a bodyfay composition of 40% or more of fat is DEFINITELY NOT HEALTHY!!!!