It's Hard To Be The Queen

Discussion in 'The Fire For Effect and Totally Politically Incorr' started by artabr, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. artabr

    artabr New Member

    Sooooo... It takes 36 vehicles, an armored limo, a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington for a less than 2 block trip to the local veggie stand for a sack of frickin kale. :rolleyes: :mad:

    Hey, AlGore, I got your frigging Carbon Footprint right here. :rolleyes:

    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.


    I haven't read them yet,but I'm betting that the comments section ought to be pretty lively. ;)

    Last edited: Sep 18, 2009
  2. JetGirl

    JetGirl Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Finally graced the peon peasants with her royal presence, huh?
    As for blocking off roads and disrupting the general public, I thought that's why they said they didn't go to church...
    I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.

  3. ARB

    ARB New Member

    Jan 23, 2009
    Mid Missouri
    Oh, give her a break. The same thing happens to me, when I go to the Farmer's Market. What? It doesn't happen to you?
  4. Islandboy

    Islandboy New Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Off the right coast
    I thought SHE was growin' all that stuff in the W.H> garden.....
    Betcha there's a press release within a day showing her "crop" of organics.
  5. No it doesn't as a matter of fact. I never go to the farmer's Market, I send the butler and upstairs maid...
  6. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    They do have a WH garden and it was supposed to be "organic", but they did the horse before the cart thing there too and didn't do soil analysis before they planted and ended up with detectable levels of lead.

    DumbA$$ - who plants an "organic" garden on a piece of property that has been rented for over what 200 yrs and assumes there have never been fertilizer put on the lawn.
  7. Our tax dollars hard at work:rolleyes:

    She wants to claim that she's never had it easy in this country and that she was never proud to be an American until she stepped foot in the White House?!:mad::mad: She had a sit on her a** and do nothing job at a Chicago hospital as a "diversity consultant" making $300,000 a year! She made more in ONE YEAR on that "job" than I have ever seen in my ENTIRE 31 YEARS ON THIS PLANET!!!! She says she has it so hard when I get boarhogged to pay the taxes that feed her worthless a** and her worthless husband, but yet I can't even afford to buy that "certified organic" produce that she is spending MY MONEY on!!!!! I'm on unemployment and I'm STILL getting boarhogged in taxes to pay for her upkeep!!!!:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
  8. red14

    red14 Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2009
    N FLA

    So, how do you really feel?:D

    Actually, I agree with everything you said.:mad:
  9. 22WRF

    22WRF Well-Known Member

    May 10, 2004
    If you live in fear of Americana's Citizens this protection must be necessary.
  10. Bobitis

    Bobitis Guest

    I gotta wonder how far she walked in Paris or Moscow.:eek:
    She can't walk two blocks from the BlackHouse? It's not like she doesn't have security.:rolleyes:

    Come to think of it, she hasn't been on the front page lately.:D
    How many staffers does she have?

    I'd like to know how many millions of dollars this woman has cost the country so far.:mad: Millions that could have gone to charity.:mad::mad:

    Keep digging that hole.:p
    Keep the press coming!:D
  11. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Whats the big deal correct me if I'm wrong but when Clinton went jogging was he not guarded by just a few s.s guys
  12. navis128

    navis128 New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Pres vs 1st Lady - there is a difference here or were you just being sarcastic?
  13. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    "Particularly when it involves a soundstage, an interpreter for the deaf, three TV satellite trucks and the closing of part of downtown Washington. "

    Watching for shoplifters ????
  14. Kieran McCaig

    Kieran McCaig New Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sorry what I meant was she's just the first lady.Clint went to Mcdonalds when he was out jogging with a half dozen S.S guys
  15. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    This is a slap to all the California farmers out of business.

    It nice to be king! Have you ever felt more like a peasent than right now? I now i havent.
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