From Huffington Post.com
Palin Slams Michelle Obama Again, This Time For Anti-Obesity Campaign
From Caribou Barbie on Laura Ingraham's show:
I think she has got a different worldview and she is not hesitant at all to share what her worldview is. And I will take heat again for saying it on your show Laura but she encapsulated what her view of America is, I believe, unless she has evolved and things have changed in the last two years, but she said it on the campaign trail twice that it was the first time that she had been proud of her country when finally people were paying attention to Barack Obama. I think that's appalling. We can think of this infinite number of reasons to be proud of American exceptionalism and it baffles me that anybody would have that view and then allow that view to bleed over into policy.
I'll ask...what other Presidential candidate decides to run by attacking THE FIRST LADY?
Oh, there's so much here. But, let's begin with worldview.
Michelle Obama has a worldview? What worldview would that be?
One in which this country respected working mothers and honored what they do and gave them the support they needed to fulfill their promise and help keep their families on track?
One in which the families of our military personnel were truly respected and not given the short shrift?
One in which the arts were honored and respected, and what the positive that they bring out in our children is honored?
One in which our young men and women are challenged and given the opportunity to get their chance in this country, no matter what their socio-economic background, and how that can be done through hard work and education.
I've followed the First Lady in nearly every public appearance she's made since they went to the White House, and THOSE are the themes that Michelle Obama has repeated over and over.
W-T-F is she talking about?
Surely she doesn't count her no-talent, ill-educated, scribble-on-the-hand self as an example of American Exceptionalism.
Here she continues her attack on FLOTUS:
Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I'm going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.
No, I don't believe the First Lady has said anything about not trusting parents. In fact, the First Lady repeatedly says that she knows parents want the best for their children, but, that possibly: a) they don't know, b) they haven't been given the tools to do what they want to do for their children. The First Lady has repeatedly brought up that this came to her attention because of her OWN CHILDREN'S DOCTOR sitting down and talking to her about it. And, once the INFORMATION was brought to her attention, she formed a plan of action to do what she could to help out her children.
I can read. I can Google. I can watch Youtube clips of the First Lady speaking about how she came to this path. If I can do all this, and can comprehend the English coming out of the First Lady's mouth, then why can't Palin?
The First Lady didn't create the crisis that this country faces with obesity and it is a CRISIS.
We are an OBESE country. And, it costs us on many levels.
But, the First Lady is separating the Obese adults from the Obese CHILDREN. Her focus is on the CHILDREN.
We are raising the first generation in this country that might not live longer than the previous one not because of some disaster, or plague, but because of OBESITY and all the diseases that come with it.
Statistically speaking, the chance that an overweight child will become an overweight adult is pretty high.
It's also easier to begin better habits when kids are young.
What comes from obesity in children?
A group of diseases that until now that had only been seen in ADULTS:children with HEART PROBLEMS...children with TYPE II DIABETES...obese children with ARTHRITIS.
The frightening statistic that one of of THREE children born after 2000 WILL COME TO HAVE DIABETES.
Obesity shortens the lifespan of anyone it touches, so why shouldn't this country be alarmed when the obese rate of children has passed 30%?
From the Let's Move Website:
Obese children and adolescents may experience immediate health consequences and these may then lead to weight-related health problems in adulthood. Obese children and teens have been found to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance. In a sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, almost 60% of overweight children had at least one CVD risk factor while 25 percent of overweight children had two or more CVD risk factors. In addition, studies have shown that obese children and teens are more likely to become obese as adults.
Roland Martin had another point that maybe went over the head of the Kim Kardashian of politics (Roland's description- BWA HA HA HA HA):
A study released in April by Mission: Readiness, a nonprofit group of more than 150 retired generals and admirals, concluded that 27 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds are too fat to join the military.
The culprit? Junk food and too much fat in school lunches.
Said the study: "Today, otherwise excellent recruiting prospects, some of them with generations of sterling military service in their family history, are being turned away because they are just too overweight. Our standards are high because we clearly cannot have people in our command who are not up to the job. Too many lives depend on it."
In testimony before Congress, the former head of the California Army National Guard, retired U.S. Army Major Gen. Paul Monroe, said that "80 percent of children who were overweight between the ages of 10 to 15 were obese by age 25."
He and other military leaders want Congress to enact a massive child nutrition bill to remove all junk food and high-calorie beverages from schools, improve nutrition standards in schools, upgrade school menus and, the group said, "help develop new school-based strategies, based on research, that help parents and children adopt healthier lifelong eating and exercise habits."
Monroe testified: "In 1946, Congress passed the National School Lunch Act as a matter of national security. In the past, retired admirals and generals have stood up to make it clear that America is only as healthy as our nation's children. Childhood obesity is now undermining our national security and we need to start turning it around today."
So, Sarah Palin, are you going to also rip into this decorated American and say that he and 150 other military leaders are dead wrong?
If these children are too fat to join the military, then they are also too fat to qualify for the jobs on the local level that would affect every local community: police and fireman. The same mentality that gets someone to join the military, is the same that gets a man or woman to say, ' I'm willing to get a badge and protect the streets of my local community' or ' I'm willing to go into burning buildings to save lives'. We aren't just losing candidates for the military, we're losing candidates for policeman and firefighter too.
This isn't about forcing parents to do anything. It's about confronting an issue which has vast ramifications for us as a country. The health issues are enormous, and the costs associated with Obesity run into the BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of dollars. But, what does she care about healthcare costs, since HER healthcare is PAID FOR BY THE GOVERNMENT, all the while she opens her mumbling mouth to complain about 'socialized medicine'.
Thanks to a terrific hat tip from SouthernGirl2, she caught this from Caribou Barbie:
We’ll focus on preventing disease and promoting healthy living. I’ll ask that physical education be incorporated into daily school schedules, too.
We have alarming levels of heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity – and all of these maladies are on the rise. Now, I won’t stand here and lecture – for very long – but health care reform on an individual basis is often just this simple: we could save a lot of money, and a lot of grief, by making smarter choices.
It starts by ending destructive habits, and beginning healthy habits in eating and exercise. In my case, it’s hard to slack when you have the ever-present example of an Iron Dogger nearby. But many of us could use a little more time in our great outdoors – and when you live in the Great Land, there’s no excuse.
Protecting good health is largely a matter of personal responsibility, but government policy can help. Our new Alaska Health Care Commission will recommend changes that affect the well-being of Alaskans far into the future.
So, what did she say there that was any different from what the First Lady has been saying?
So, why is she doing this? Antagonizing the First Lady?
It's because she tried going after the President, and, what did he say to Barbara Walters?
When asked specifically if he thinks he can beat Sarah Palin in 2012, the President told Walters "I don't think about Sarah Palin."
She wants the First Couple to respond because that would elevate her to their level, but the problem is for her, is that they won't do it.
She's a piece of trash, and it's not up to the First Couple to swat back against Caribou Barbie. It's up to other folks. It's up to US.
As the wordsmith Town so righteously put it:
But here you have this simple b---- attacking Michelle Obama. And Michelle Obama is going to ignore Palin like the temp from the secretarial pool that she is, and Palin's going to start putting Malia and Sasha's names in her mouth. You watch, Palin's going to start attacking Michelle Obama on her mothering skills by name OR she's going to be slick and start talking about "welfare moms" and "ungrateful people" and stuff of that nature.
Just sit back in the cut and watch.
We will sit and watch. We also will respond.