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Posted: 9/20/2009 3:13:04 AM EST
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Hi-Ho, the Derry-O

By Dana Milbank
Friday, September 18, 2009



Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"

Cowbells were rung. Somebody put a lei of marigolds around Obama's neck. The first lady picked up a straw basket and headed for the "Farm at Sunnyside" tent, where she loaded up with organic Asian pears, cherry tomatoes, multicolored potatoes, free-range eggs and, yes, two bunches of Tuscan kale. She left the produce with an aide, who paid the cashier as Obama made her way back to the limousine.

There's nothing like the simple pleasures of a farm stand to return us to our agrarian roots.

The first lady had encouraged Freshfarm Markets, the group that runs popular farmers markets in Dupont Circle and elsewhere, to set up near the White House, and she helped get the approvals to shut down Vermont Avenue during rush hour on Thursdays. But the result was quite the opposite of a quaint farmers market. Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons.

The promotion of organic and locally grown food, though an admirable cause, is a risky one for the Obamas, because there's a fine line between promoting healthful eating and sounding like a snob. The president, when he was a candidate in 2007, got in trouble in Iowa when he asked a crowd, "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?" Iowans didn't have a Whole Foods.

For that reason, it's probably just as well that the first lady didn't stop by the Endless Summer Harvest tent yesterday. The Virginia farm had a sign offering "tender baby arugula" –– hydroponically grown, pesticide free –– and $5 for four ounces, which is $20 a pound.

Obama, in her brief speech to the vendors and patrons, handled the affordability issue by pointing out that people who pay with food stamps would get double the coupon value at the market. Even then, though, it's hard to imagine somebody using food stamps to buy what the market offered: $19 bison steak from Gunpowder Bison, organic dandelion greens for $12 per pound from Blueberry Hill Vegetables, the Piedmont Reserve cheese from Everson Dairy at $29 a pound. Rounding out the potential shopping cart: $4 for a piece of "walnut dacquoise" from the Praline Bakery, $9 for a jumbo crab cake at Chris's Marketplace, $8 for a loaf of cranberry-walnut bread and $32 for a bolt of yarn.

The first lady said the market would particularly appeal to federal employees in nearby buildings to "pick up some good stuff for dinner." Yet even they might think twice about spending $3 for a pint of potatoes when potatoes are on sale for 40 cents a pound at Giant. They could get nearly five dozen eggs at Giant for the $5 Obama spent for her dozen.

But whatever the socioeconomics, there can be no doubt that Obama brought some serious attention to her cause. Hundreds of people crowded the market entrance on I Street as police directed pedestrians to alternative subway entrances. Hundreds braved a light rain and gave a hearty cheer when Obama and her entourage took the stage. "I can't imagine there's been a day in the history of our country when people have been more excited about farmers markets," Mayor Adrian Fenty, Obama's warm-up act, told the crowd.

The first lady, in gray slacks and blue sweater, marveled that the people were "so pumped up" despite the rain. "I have never seen so many people so excited about fruits and vegetables!" she said. (Must be the tender baby arugula.)

She spoke of the global reach of her cause: "The first thing world leaders, prime ministers, kings, queens ask me about is the White House garden. And then they ask about Bo."

She spoke of the fuel fed to the world's most powerful man: "I've learned that when my family eats fresh food, healthy food, that it really affects how we feel, how we get through the day . . . whether there's a Cabinet meeting or whether we're just walking the dog."

And she spoke of her own culinary efforts: "There are times when putting together a healthy meal is harder than you might imagine."

Particularly when it involves a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington.

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:17:56 AM EST
What a waste of money, why not send someone else to pick that shit up?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:21:15 AM EST
She's just ultra-high maintenance. She couldn't stoop to eating common food.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:23:53 AM EST
LOL, the USDA certified organic frozen vegetables at the local supermarket were all grown in China. The "organic" label means exactly dick.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:34:16 AM EST
I'm not gonna lie, our family drinks organic milk (Horizon), but other than that we don't care for other organic foods. With that said, if she feels it's good for her and her family, then who am I to complain?

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:37:24 AM EST
Originally Posted By snoopaloop:
LOL, the USDA certified organic frozen vegetables at the local supermarket were all grown in China. The "organic" label means exactly dick.


This

and snobbery to answer to the OP
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:39:31 AM EST
She does not want to be poisoned by whitey.Ask Van Jones-he'll tell you.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:43:52 AM EST
What happened to her garden? Did she forget to grow anything other than her acre of ass?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:46:17 AM EST

Originally Posted By snoopaloop:
The "organic" label means exactly dick.

This. People who eat organic, organic, organic make me LOL
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:47:07 AM EST
Originally Posted By dirtyboy:
What happened to her garden? Did she forget to grow anything other than her acre of ass?


It was growing in lead-contaminated soil. Seriously.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 3:47:17 AM EST
Originally Posted By raven:
She's just ultra-high maintenance. She couldn't stoop to eating common food.


She just knows that whitey poisons most mass produced food in order to keep the brothers down.

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:06:07 AM EST
It means she's ignorant. Anyone who insists on "organic" food hasn't done their homework.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:09:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By hobbez84:
I'm not gonna lie, our family drinks organic milk (Horizon), but other than that we don't care for other organic foods. With that said, if she feels it's good for her and her family, then who am I to complain?



I do too.

My reasons aren't due to it being organic, but due to the milk lasting much longer than the plastic gallon stuff.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:09:53 AM EST
Originally Posted By snoopaloop:
LOL, the USDA certified organic frozen vegetables at the local supermarket were all grown in China. The "organic" label means exactly dick.


Chinese "organic fertilizer".

Hmmmmm...

Not a comforting thought.



Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:11:00 AM EST
This is what happens when you cross Chewie with Jar-Jar Binks!
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:11:58 AM EST
Just think what could be done with the money this bunch of low lifes waste
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:13:22 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:16:50 AM EST
I have to wonder WHY she's shopping.

Seriously...doesn't the White House have a Chef and stewards to do the serving?

Yep:

Behind her, eight members of the kitchen staff, including Sam Kass, the chef she brought with her from Chicago, were working on samples of the dinner. Mrs. Obama credits Mr. Kass, who fed the Obamas when they lived in Chicago, with keeping her family healthy, even during the grueling campaign for president.

Mr. Kass prepared a citrus salad with local many-hued watermelon radishes and tiny ice greens, so-called because they grow in the snow. Others prepared samples of Chesapeake crab agnolotti. Some peeled local red carrots for the main dish of wagyu beef and Nantucket scallops (Mrs. Obama said the scallops were her husband’s favorite).

The first lady took the opportunity to put in a pitch for local and sustainable food and for healthy eating, a recurring theme of hers during the campaign and since she arrived in Washington.

When food is grown locally, she said, “oftentimes it tastes really good, and when you’re dealing with kids, you want to get them to try that carrot.”

“If it tastes like a real carrot, and it’s really sweet, they’re going to think that it’s a piece of candy,” she continued. “So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they are fresh and local and delicious.”

Mrs. Obama praised the kitchen staff, emphasizing their creativity and flexibility. They can put out a “mean batch of French fries,” she said, as well as creamed spinach made without cream. And she said staff members took the suggestions that she, her mother and her social secretary, Desirée Rogers, offered after a tasting for the dinner and “made sense of all our kooky ideas.”

When asked by one of the students what her favorite dishes were, Mrs. Obama said she liked them all, singling out “some mean waffles and grits that have become a regular staple for some of us” but adding that she did not eat this every day.



Now...one article mentions that "Like previous presidents, the Obamas will pay their own grocery bill"....however, buying Organic Weeds and Free Range Chickens is all well and good....if the Chef calls the market and says "deliver 1 lb Kale and 2 Chickens" or sends someone to buy the stuff and the Obamas pay for that....but when they SHUT DOWN a street, send HUGE numbers of staff/security and then she picks the stuff out (and a member of her staff pays for it)...it is purely and simply a Photo Op.

AFARR
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:20:39 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2009 4:22:52 AM EST by callgood]
organic dandelion greens for $12 per pound from Blueberry Hill Vegetables,


I'm sitting on an effing GOLD MINE, I tell you.

I may phone my resignation in tomorrow.

Prediction- the next "right". A free range chicken in every pot.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:24:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By BozemanMT:
Originally Posted By snoopaloop:
LOL, the USDA certified organic frozen vegetables at the local supermarket were all grown in China. The "organic" label means exactly dick.


This

and snobbery to answer to the OP


A snobbery?



Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:52:11 AM EST
Michelle Antoinette.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:55:40 AM EST
Fuck that cunt.

I hope she chokes to death on an organic carrot and takes her Kenyan husband with her.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 4:55:46 AM EST
If she is an example, I would guess organic food causes freakish abnormalities!
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:02:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2009 5:02:35 AM EST by Chaingun]

Originally Posted By Thom101:
What a waste of money, why not send someone else to pick that shit up?

As all recent past Presidential families did.

Just a bit egotistic
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:09:00 AM EST
Whole Foods is right down the road from me so it just so happens that about 75% of my pantry is organic.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:15:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By Thom101:
What a waste of money, why not send someone else to pick that shit up?

+1
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:15:45 AM EST
Shit is organic.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:18:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By GarandM1:
Michelle Antoinette.


I was thinking the same thing- bitch thinks they're royalty now.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:26:53 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 5:57:25 AM EST
Originally Posted By sandboxmedic:
Originally Posted By GarandM1:
Michelle Antoinette.


I was thinking the same thing- bitch thinks they're royalty now.


Umm.....they ARE royalty.

Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:12:48 AM EST
well, due to their own actions, anything they do is viewed as a publicity stunt
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:20:58 AM EST
Does anyone see the humor in a smoker like BHO, enjoying an organic meal with his wife?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:25:49 AM EST


Part of the Bullshit! episode regarding organic foods.

Penn and Teller's Bullshit
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:26:02 AM EST
Originally Posted By rapracing:
Just think what could be done with the money this bunch of low lifes waste


You mean the fact that the Obamas are millionaires and the President pays for his and his own families' food out of pocket?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:34:05 AM EST
How about stupidity? If the world was limited to "organic" foods more than half the population of the world would starve.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:34:46 AM EST
Organic = Buzzword to help sell shit to smug holier than thou types
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:35:40 AM EST
I call all the Organic Food Stores around here, "Go Broke Food Stores".

Over priced food for little to no benefit.

Much like driving the Toyota Pious , it is more about FEELING superior to other people, rather then being a better person.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 6:35:50 AM EST
ENLIGHTENED ELITE SNOBBERY
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:20:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By GarandM1:
Michelle Antoinette.

You hit the nail on the head with that. She and Marie are the two most prime examples I've seen of living large at the same time being totally out of connection with the people you're governing.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:33:44 AM EST
It's better than eating all of that fried food like the cig smoking fat asses in the south. The South officially has the worst health/highest obesity around. If someone wants to eat Organic food so be it...who cares which country the food comes from...I see nothing wrong with eating healthy and taking care of ones body.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:37:46 AM EST
Originally Posted By Wizz:
It's better than eating all of that fried food like the cig smoking fat asses in the south. The South officially has the worst health/highest obesity around. If someone wants to eat Organic food so be it...who cares which country the food comes from...I see nothing wrong with eating healthy and taking care of ones body.


Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:43:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By rapracing:
Just think what could be done with the money this bunch of low lifes waste
You mean the fact that the Obamas are millionaires and the President pays for his and his own families' food out of pocket?
He was talking about the circus involved in shutting down the entire area and showing up in a convoy of armored vehicles. The tax payers spent several tens of thousands of dollars in order to get her to the market so she could buy ~$100 in groceries.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:44:27 AM EST
Originally Posted By Regency:
Whole Foods is right down the road from me so it just so happens that about 75% of my pantry is organic.


Same here, but you know the type- the orgnaic food snobs. Really turned me off when I first started going there (b/c it's only a couple blocks and I don't have to drive). But now, I just pretty much ignore those people.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 7:46:37 AM EST
Originally Posted By libb:

Originally Posted By DLoken:
Originally Posted By rapracing:
Just think what could be done with the money this bunch of low lifes waste
You mean the fact that the Obamas are millionaires and the President pays for his and his own families' food out of pocket?
Hewas talking about the circus involved in shutting down the entire areaand showing up in a convoy of armored vehicles. The tax payers spent several tens of thousands of dollars in order to get her to the market so she could buy ~$100 in groceries.


...Not to mention all the business that the merchants in that area miss out on during the lockdown.
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 8:11:28 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2009 8:14:34 AM EST by David14]
Originally Posted By RagnarDanneskjold:
Does anyone see the humor in a smoker like BHO, enjoying an organic meal with his wife?


Maybe he smokes ORGANIC tobacco?

The kind that isn't fertilized with dangerous chemicals, but with fecal matter –– because doo-doo is organic!

eta –– Snobbery. This thread needs more poll.

eta again ––- So, what's the opinion of the elite who insist upon only organic foods regarding hunting? Since it involves harvesting meat that has eaten only foods grown in nature, surely they must be prolific hunters, yes?
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 8:26:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By Wizz:
It's better than eating all of that fried food like the cig smoking fat asses in the south. The South officially has the worst health/highest obesity around. If someone wants to eat Organic food so be it...who cares which country the food comes from...I see nothing wrong with eating healthy and taking care of ones body.

+1
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 8:39:53 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/20/2009 8:40:27 AM EST by SultanOfBrunei]
Originally Posted By Wizz:
It's better than eating all of that fried food like the cig smoking fat asses in the south. The South officially has the worst health/highest obesity around. If someone wants to eat Organic food so be it...who cares which country the food comes from...I see nothing wrong with eating healthy and taking care of ones body.


Organic food is no more healthy than non-organic. Additionally, much of organic branded food in the US comes from China.

I suggest you watch Penn & Teller's episode of Bullshit! on Organic Foods. LINK
Link Posted: 9/20/2009 8:48:51 AM EST
Sasqautch

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Link Posted: 9/20/2009 9:04:13 AM EST
Wholesome living or snobbery?


Neither. She's simply pandering to the leftist hippy types.

It just a way for her to stand up and say "Hey everybody, look at me, look at me. I care about the environment and love mother earth, just like you."


Unfortunately, none of them will see that her "trip" to the organic market with a fleet of SS vehicles was worse for the environment than sending one person to buy dinner at the regular market.
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