The president’s wife–she’s probably kept on a pretty tight leash when it comes to what she says publicly, right?
I mean, I doubt that she’s allowed to say: hey, you know all that shit I’ve been spewing about war on fat kids and talking on national TV about my chubby daughters spawning it? Yeah. That was wrong. I’ve seen the truth on the Interwebs and I’m sorry.
Maybe this war on childhood obesity has just become a boulder rolling down a hill that she’s incapable of stopping.
Here’s the latest in this catastrophe:
“Childhood obesity is affecting your workforces too – obese children are less healthy and miss more school on average,” leading to more parental tardiness and absenteeism at businesses in their communities, she said. “When we talk about childhood obesity we are talking about the workforce you are trying to build, businesses you are trying to attract, budgets you are trying to balance everyday,” Obama said warning that businesses may be reluctant to invest and build in communities with an unhealthy future workforce.
That’s a quote from this CNN article that covered Mrs. Obama’s speech to the National League of Cities Conference yesterday.
The First Lady of the United States is, indeed, putting at least partial blame for the state of our economy on fat kids.
I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
It’s the fat kids’ fault the economy is failing.
I bet W hopes that one spreads like wildfire.
Maybe she knows it’s stupid, though. Maybe she knows it’s wrong, not only intellectually but morally, too. Only now that she’s got this ball of idiocy rolling, there isn’t a way for her to stop it. Perhaps there is some mechanism of politics that keeps pushing her forward into saying more and more ludicrous things regarding her chosen first lady crusade?
The alternative is that she really believes that it’s okay to:
A) give public, very influential voice to severe bullying. (She says: Hey, fattie mcfat kid–it’s your fault your parents are losing their jobs. Way to go, chunkalicious. Which, then might lead on the playground to: Hey, fat ass–my dad lost his job, and it’s all your fault!)
B) put a wedge between a parent and their child. (All that sick time you have to take because your fat kid can’t go to school? You’re ruining the economy, and it’s all your little fatty’s fault.)
and C) shift the blame for some really bad adult decisions that led to our current economy onto the shoulders of fat kids.
Oh, and don’t forget actually encouraging business owners to discriminate against fat people (either the employees themselves or their families.) And way to equal correlation with causation there, Mrs. First Lady. Once you get started thinking about this, there is no end to the wrongness.
This is especially heartbreaking because I wanted the Obamas in the white house so bad it hurt. I feel personally betrayed. Like my support (and let me tell you, giving your support to the Obamas when you live in rural Nevada is not as easy as it might sound) has been turned into some kind of a sick joke.
But, still I wonder. Maybe this was a war undertaken with no exit strategy. The public is eating this up, right? I mean, some of us are calling it bullshit, but many more seem to think that placing the blame for every woe of the world on fat kids is A-okay. Maybe the polls show enough people agree that fat kids deserve a war against them, that retracting now would hurt her husband’s next campaign.
Leave the fat kids alone, Michelle. Bullying isn’t okay. For any reason. Ever.
Especially not for personal gain.
Just say no.