Picture Violet Beauregarde being rolled out of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Now read a White House Pool Report that lays out first lady Michelle Obama‘s views on child obesity that includes phrases like “rolling back.”
Here’s the thing: Discussing childhood obesity is a highly sensitive subject, so it’s probably best to leave phrases like “roll back” on the cutting room floor.
On Tuesday afternoon, the first lady — who created the well-known and well-mocked “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight childhood obesity — made brief remarks at a roundtable discussion with school nutrition leaders.
In attendance with FLOTUS were Sam Kass, executive director of Let’s Move!, Tina Chen, FLOTUS’s chief of staff, Janey Thornton, Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition & Consumer Services and more.
According to a Pool Report from White House reporter Helena Bottemiller there was absolutely huge support for veggies. “There was cheers and applause after FLOTUS noted kids are consuming more fruits and vegetables,” she wrote.
FLOTUS had lots of great quotes: “The stakes couldn’t be higher on this issue,” she said. And this: “The last thing we can afford to do right now is play politics with our kids’ health.”
But then, twice, she used “roll back.” 1. “Now is not the time to roll back everything we have worked for.” 2. “Rolling things back is not the answer.”