10:32 AM, Apr 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government is putting its (big) foot down. No more junk food in schools. As Danica Lo of Epicurious writes:
New rules for school food kick in this July -- and for kids going back to school in the fall, it's sad sad news (okay, not really sad, but healthy healthy news). According to new regulations being instituted by the USDA, junk food is now totally verboten -- in school vending machines, stores, and lunchrooms. That means that fruits, veggies, whole grains, and dairy are good to go -- high-sodium, high-sugar, and high-fat foods are not.
Rules, as we all know, exist to be both enforced and broken and it will be interesting to see how far the Feds will go to make sure the rules are obeyed. Will it be a zero tolerance regime? First time offenders getting thrown in the jug for carrying concealed candy bars.
And, also, will the kids be more resourceful than the food cops?
This could be the start of a War on Food.
'My husband and I are President and First Lady of the United States. And that is really the story of America...'7:01 AM, Mar 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama talked about America as she visited a school today in China. She talked about the American dream:
7:18 AM, Mar 24, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The White House has been tight-lipped about the cost of First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China, but based on the choice for lodging, it could be considerable. Mrs. Obama and her entourage, which numbers seventy according to the Washington Times (including her two daughters and her mother), booked the Westin Chaoyang Hotel close to the U.S. embassy in Beijing for their first stop.
11:50 AM, Mar 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to a pool reporter who was at the Great Wall of China for Michelle Obama's visit there today, "Chinese authorities made sure, for a day, that Mutianyu [a section of the Great Wall] was visibly free of Obama-Mao t-shirts." For $60, however, a merchant told the pool reporter that she'd sell him one of those t-shirts.
Here's the relevant part of the pool report:
10:22 PM, Mar 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a question and answer session at Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China, First Lady Michelle Obama said that sometimes one needs to do things she's uncomfortable with. She made the comments in response to a question about studying abroad.
3:34 PM, Mar 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
9:01 AM, Mar 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press.
7:17 AM, Mar 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
When Michelle Obama celebrated the fourth anniversary of "Let's Move," her White House initiative on fitness and healthy eating, she cited a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showing a remarkable 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages 2-5. Mrs.
Michelle Obama: 'We Nag You Because We Love You.'7:21 AM, Mar 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The mothers of celebrities Jonah Hill, Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez, and Alicia Keys star in a new web ad to promote Obamacare:
8:25 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama wants to make changes to the Nutrition Facts label. It is all "part of an effort to help families make healthier choices," according to the White House.
7:44 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama joined Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell, who were both dressed in drag, for a sketch last night on the Tonight Show.
Michelle Obama uses the comedy skit to talk up exercising--and they also talk about the Olympics. Then they discuss unhealthy foods, and she makes Fallon and Ferrell eat kale chips instead of potato chips, which they all act like they enjoy eating.
"They're the ones who are cooking for the first time and slice their finger open, they're dancing on the bar stool."6:38 AM, Feb 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon last night that "young people are knuckleheads," which is why they need to get Obamacare:
To be interviewed by Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of George W. Bush, for NBC's Today Show.8:42 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The office of First Lady Michelle Obama is taking credit for moving the nation "towards a new, healthier norm," according to a press release celebrating the four year anniversary of the "Let's Move" initiative.
8:01 AM, Feb 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The dress first lady Michelle Obama wore at last night's state dinner was the topic of discussion last night on CNN:
One guest thought the cost of the dress was close to $10,000.
9:02 AM, Jan 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama tells rich donors to keep the checks coming. "You can write a check. Or another one. Write a big fat check. Write the biggest check you could possibly write," the first lady said at a high-dollar Democratic fundraiser last night in San Francisco.
"Some of you might be tired being always asked for money,'' Obama added. "I know that writing those checks is the single most impactful thing you can do right now."
Via the pool report: