Former first lady Michelle Obama was back on stage doing what she’s known to do: talking about childhood obesity and making Americans healthier. But this talk had some bite to it.
Naturally, the recent decision by Donald Trump’s administration to not push forward with federal rules to make school lunches healthier — something Obama championed for hard with her “Let’s Move” initiative during her eight years in the White House — was brought up.
Obama had some tough words at the Partnership for Healthier America Summit in Washington, D.C. Friday. Without mentioning Trump by name or singling out the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue who announced his plan to “make school lunches great again” earlier this month, Obama made her very clear what she thought of the president and his administration’s move.
She implored parents to “stop and think, ‘Why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you and why is that a partisan issue?'”
She went on to directly address moms: “Moms, think about this. 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.
Perdue wants to restore local control over whole grains, sodium, and types of milk used in lunches, making it harder to require certain nutritional guidelines.
Obama was quick to point out that this might make lunches tastier, but in the long run it’s not as healthy. Lunches should be about our kids well-being, not politics, she said.
And we know she means business — she said “crap.”
The Associated Press contributed reporting.