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The Daily "Post" - June 28, 2012 - Obama's meal at The Varsity

In response to President Barack Obama eating at The Varsity while on a campaign stop in Atlanta on Tuesday: "I'm curious if Michelle yelled at him because of his unhealthy dietary choice."

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

Every First Lady has had a cause, whether it's Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No!" to highlight drug abuse among young people, or Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" to highlight how unhealthy our eating and exercise habits have become. First Ladies have done this for years. Scientific studies, both clinical and epidemiological, have shown that our horrible eating habits cause preventable diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even some cancers. In addition, healthcare costs are consuming an ever greater percentage of our GDP. Our bad habits are going to bankrupt the country. It's hard to understand why encouraging healthy habits is considered controversial, silly, or something to sneer at.

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dawg8195 1 year, 9 months ago

It's not that encouraging healthy habits is considered controversial, silly, or something to sneer at. It's the hypocrisy of using their self-perceived intellectual and moral superiority to enlighten us that they know what's best for us and to dictate how we should live our lives, then completely ignoring their own advice.

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dawg8195 1 year, 9 months ago

It's not that encouraging healthy habits is controversial, silly, or something to sneer at. It's the hypocrisy of someone using their self-perceived intellectual and moral superiority to try and dictate to people how to run their lives, while not following their own advice.

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Calvary7 1 year, 9 months ago

Must be nice to take 1,000 staff people on your 747 for lunch at the Varsity. Not to mention the inconvenience of thousands of locals. I hope that Spend, Spend, Spend Drama Obama enjoyed his day.

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Mack711 1 year, 9 months ago

One has to ask just how many were not permitted to enjoy the Varsity while he ordered his 5 chili dogs. It is not a question on health it is a question of what you enjoy eating. We are responsible for what we do and no one else. The Varsity has been an Atlanta landmark since the 1920's so they must be doing something right. How much did this trip to the Varsity cost the taxpayers and how much did the Varsity lose by closing just for him?

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

The question for this daily "post" was whether Michelle Obama yelled at her husband for his unhealthy dietary choice, so it was a question on health.

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

Was Nancy Reagan using perceived intellectual and moral superiority to encourage kids not to use drugs, or to say that she knows what's best for them? As for ignoring one's own advice, nobody eats right all the time, but eating fast food on a regular basis is just asking for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. I say again that healthcare is an ever larger percentage of our GDP and is going to bankrupt our country, and as a matter of personal responsibility, we should attempt to develop wholesome health habits. That doesn't mean we can't "cheat" occasionally.

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FordGalaxy 1 year, 9 months ago

No one is saying we can't cheat occasionally. But it's a tad bit arrogant to constantly proclaim that the people need to eat healthier, and then you go and order chili dogs at the Varsity, or you go on lavish vacations with many-thousands-of-calories meal spreads before you. It's like a reverse version of "Let them eat cake." The Obama's are saying "Let them eat celery" while scarfing down on greasy hot dogs. You don't see any hypocrisy in that?

Not that it matters. Now that Congress has the power to force citizens to purchase a product, they'll probably find a way to fine you if you got to a fast food joint more than twice per week. Or you'll be given a monthly quota of calories, and anything over that results in a fine or jail time.

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

I don't think Michelle Obama can control her husband's diet, any more than I can control my husband's. It took Obama many years to give up smoking (if, indeed, he has), even though she wanted him to. You are absolutely right that his actions undermine her message. I still think it's a worthy message, though, and worthy of consideration.

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Sandykin 1 year, 9 months ago

It would have been far more effective at encouraging people to eat properly and get enough exercise if people within a healthy weight range for their age/height/gender were able to obtain a discount on health care - that's the kind of overhaul that really was needed, not what we got.

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Katrina 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree! Healthy habits should be rewarded.

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