In a hard-hitting interview for the March issue of Cooking Light magazine, first lady Michelle Obama promised that the deeply unpopular Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act she has long championed is a “generational” effort that America will eventually see as an historic dietary triumph.
“I’m confident that the school lunch changes will eventually be embraced by kids,” the first lady told Cooking Light. “Because we’re really thinking about the kids who are kindergartners today. If all they know are whole grains and vegetables, by the time they’re graduating from high school, this will be their norm; they won’t know anything different.”
Obama’s strategy is to start food indoctrination at a very young age.
“These kids are starting from nursery school, getting whole grains and fish and brown rice,” she declared.
“We’re looking at that kid going through high school and then entering college with a whole new set of habits and taste buds,” the first lady also proclaimed. “These kids will be acclimated to different tastes, and then they’ll go into college with that set of information and those skills and those norms. And hopefully they’ll become the voices of their generation for how to eat and live and build a quality life.”
Thus far, kids in America’s public, taxpayer-funded schools are failing to cooperate with Obama’s ambitious dietary plans — in massive droves.
Here are a few of the unappetizing food items posted recently on Twitter by famished, miserable American public school students along with the hashtag #thanksmichelleobama:
— Mackenzie Kelly (@mkelly007) February 9, 2015
— riss (@narissariley_) February 9, 2015
— Kage Brubaker |-/ (@kmbb15) February 9, 2015
— Laura (@Miss_Laura_39) February 9, 2015
Under the complex “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” legislation, which has long been a signature issue for the first lady, participating schools take federal money but must stringently limit the number of calories and the amount of sugar, fat and sodium in every morsel of food sold at schools. Also, in what presumably falls outside the hunger-free aspect of the act, there are calorie caps.
Some school districts — particularly wealthier ones — have opted out of the healthy-lunch regime and the federal dollars that come with it.
America’s fancypants private schools are also not subject to the legislation.
For example, this week’s menu at Sidwell Friends School, the school attended by first daughters Malia and Sasha, looks mouthwateringly delicious.
The scrumptious, bountiful Wednesday, Feb. 11 lunch menu for both the middle school and the upper school at Sidwell Friends is:
Unstuffed Pepper Soup; Panzanella Salad; Curried Quinoa Salad with Mango; Garlic & Fennel Marinated Chicken Sandwich; Polenta Gratin with Mushrooms and Fontina; Steamed Broccoli; Baked Idaho Wedges; Sliced Pineapple
To be clear: This menu is for a single day, not the entire week.
Tuition at the Washington, D.C. private school is $36,264 per year (but that includes a hot lunch).
In June, in an equally hard-hitting interview in Parade magazine, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama suggested that they are actively searching for dead-end, low-paying jobs for their two daughters so the teenagers can appreciate the quiet desperation that millions of Americans experience. (RELATED: Obama Wants Daughters To Work Crappy Minimum-Wage Jobs So They Understand America)