Former first lady Michelle Obama Friday took some thinly veiled swipes at President Donald Trump's bid to roll back some government rules on school lunches, not using the president's name but bluntly warning against "kids eating crap". But she didn't hide her feelings when the moderator - the former executive director of Let's Move! - brought up another recent change and one being considered. ". We have to look our neighbors in the eye and kind of go, what is going on?"
"This is where you really have to look at motives, you know", Mrs. Obama said.
Obama sat down with Sam Kass, the former White House chef and senior advisor for nutrition policy, in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the Partnership for a Healthier America summit to address childhood obesity.
In another part of her appearance, Obama ran contrary to the penchant of liberals who constantly insist that children should be given the same decision-making power as adults. Well, you know what?
"That to me is one of the most ridiculous things that we talk about in this movement - 'the kids aren't happy, '" Obama said.
This week, companies including Mars and Cumberland Farms announced initiatives with Partnership for a Healthier America, the foundation Obama helped create alongside her "Let's Move!" initiative to combat childhood obesity. "Stop teaching math?" she quipped.
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During the election, Obama said that the sexist language used by Trump, especially in the "Access Hollywood" tape, "has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn't have predicted". We hadn't heard much from them, but big candy brands - these are brands you'll recognize, Robert - Mars, Nestle - they said, you know, we're going to start reducing our portion sizes. She said many children don't have the option to brown bag their lunch. You can't handle that, mom.
"Well, 'You just buy the food and be quiet. I would be highly insulted by that thought".
The Trump administration also is ending Obama's "Let Girls Learn" program that offers educational opportunities for adolescent girls in developing countries.
Under the 2012 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, schools that wanted federal meal subsidies would have to put limits on salt and fat in lunches, and add more fruit, vegetables and whole grains to the menus.
This isn't the first time that the former presidential wife has sparred with Republicans over her pet cause.
Perdue asserted that health restrictions resulted in increased food waste. "I don't care what state you live in, take me out of the equation, like me, don't like me, but think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap", she said.