Obama's Nanny State Continues....
Michelle Obama: No federal big soda ban
By BYRON TAU |6/5/12 5:53 PM EDT
First lady Michelle Obama tells the Associated Press that she wouldn't want a federal ban on big sugary drink, but applauds Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to fight obesity:
Asked about Bloomberg's proposal during an interview with The Associated Press, Mrs. Obama said there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the country's health challenges. But she said, "We applaud anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example."
And asked whether the nation's obesity epidemic warrants taking a more aggressive approach, such as Bloomberg's, she said: "There are people like Mayor Bloomberg who are, and that is perfectly fine."
Mrs. Obama later issued a statement saying that she hadn't intended to weigh in on the Bloomberg plan "one way or the other."
"I was trying to make the point that every community is different and every solution is different and that I applaud local leaders including mayors, business leaders, parents, etc., who are taking this issue seriously and working towards solving this problem."
(Also on POLITICO: Michelle Obama backs away from soda comments)
Despite the relatively benign intentions and scope of the first lady's healthy eating initiatives, Let's Move and other programs have occasionally attracted political attention and criticism. Still, Obama's initiatives have generally revolved around engagement and outreach, while Bloomberg's soda proposal would be law.
And now like every other Obama Administration member Michelle is backing away from her comments....she's either "misspoke"...or her coments were taken out of context....or were mis reported....OR maybe even she was taken to the woodshed (like Bill Clinton, Cory Booker and others) for what she had said....
But believe me this egotistical b-tch would control every aspect of your life if given the chance....she would control everything you eat all the while she is eating the most expensive, fattening gormet foods herself...
Michelle Obama clarifies remarks on N.Y.C. drink ban
Mrs. Obama said there’s no 'one-size-fits-all' solution for the country’s health challenges
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 6/5/12 4:24 PM EDT
WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama says banning big servings of sugary drinks isn’t anything she’d want to do at the federal level but she offered some kind words for New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to do just that.
Shortly after saying that Tuesday, the first lady issued a statement backing away from taking a stand on New York’s controversial proposed ban.
It was a telling example of the fine line the first lady walks as she tries to improve Americans’ health and eating habits without provoking complaints that she’s part of any “nanny state” telling people how to eat or raise their children.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Obama said there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution for the country’s health challenges. Asked specifically about Bloomberg’s proposal, she said, “We applaud anyone who’s stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example.”
And asked whether the nation’s obesity epidemic warrants taking a more aggressive approach, such as Bloomberg’s, she said, “There are people like Mayor Bloomberg who are, and that is perfectly fine.”
In a statement later, the first lady said she hadn’t intended to weigh in on the Bloomberg plan “one way or the other.”
“I was trying to make the point that every community is different and every solution is different and that I applaud local leaders including mayors, business leaders, parents, etc., who are taking this issue seriously and working towards solving this problem.”
“But this is not something the administration is pursuing at a federal level and not something I’m specifically endorsing or condemning,” she said.
In the interview, Obama said she’s “trying to create a big tent for people. Our motto is everyone has a role to play in this and I think it’s up to communities and families to figure out what role they can play, what role they should play.”
Last week, Bloomberg proposed limiting portion sizes of sugary drinks to 16 ounces at the city’s restaurants, delis, food trucks, movie theaters and sporting arenas. Regular soda and sports drinks would be affected, while diet sodas wouldn’t.
The ban has been denounced by the soft-drink industry and critics who accuse the mayor of trying to institute a “nanny state” rather than allowing individuals to make their own choices. It’s expected to win the approval of the Bloomberg-appointed Board of Health and take effect as early as March.