Michelle Obama shows her deep respect for the working women of America while rolling out the new proposed food labels:
And back when we first launched Let’s Move four years ago, all of us here today were driven by a simple belief: that parents deserve to have the information they need to make healthy choices for their kids. And this isn’t a particularly radical idea; in fact, it seems pretty obvious. But the truth is that too often, it’s nearly impossible to get the most basic facts about the food we buy for our families.
For example, how many of you have at some point in your life made a statement that you were going to eat better? Maybe you wanted to lose a little weight, maybe you wanted to improve your family’s nutrition, maybe there were health issues in your family that required you to watch what you ate. Whatever the reason, you resolved to read those labels and only buy foods that you believed would be good for you and your kids. So you marched into the supermarket, you picked up a can or a box of something, you squinted at that little tiny label, and you were totally and utterly lost.
So there you stood, alone in some aisle in a store, the clock ticking away at the precious little time remaining to complete your weekly grocery shopping, and all you could do was scratch your head, confused and bewildered, and wonder, is there too much sugar in this product? Is 50 percent of the daily allowance of riboflavin a good thing or a bad thing? And how on Earth could this teeny little package contain five whole servings?
This stream of questions and worries running through your head when all you really wanted to know was, should I be eating this or not? Is this good for my kids or not? And if it is healthy, how much of it should I be eating? But unless you had a thesaurus, a calculator, a microscope, or a degree in nutrition, you were out of luck. So you felt defeated, and you just gave up and went back to buying the same stuff you always buy.
So let's see, here's a bag of potato chips and there's a bag of carrots. Tough call... Best to just go with the cookies (I blame the Keebler elves.)
For whatever it's worth, parents in Central America are not so helpless when it comes to bettering their children's lives. Mickey notes an Eerie Coincidence:
The Surge: Obama gives executive “deferred action” amnesty to young illegal immigrants (“DREAMers”) and suddenly there’s a surge of young illegals from Central America crossing the border. So weird! It’s almost as if the two events are somehow connected. …