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Michelle Obama Looks Healthy To Me

I was reading PJP's recent post, in which he featured a cartoon by Pat Bagley and quoted Rush Limbaugh, and it made me incensed at Limbaugh.

First of all, The First Lady is far from overweight. Michelle Obama is what I'd prefer my little girl strives to be: a regularly proportioned, healthy looking woman who is proud of herself and carries herself with dignity.

I applaud Mike Huckabee's recent statements:
I still think that her approach is the right one. I do not think she's out there advocating that the government take over our dinner plates. In fact she's not. She's been criticized unfairly by a lot of my fellow conservatives. I think it's out of a reflex rather than out of a thoughtful expression. And that's one of the things that bugged me most about the political environment today – we don't have to believe everything the other side proposes is immediately and all together bad. And the reason I have been very vocal, even doing an event with her and publicly speaking out for her initiative, is because it's exactly what Republicans say they believe: that you put a focus on individual responsibility, you encourage people to make good choices, and you reward them for doing so. I thought that's what we were about. She does not, in the Let's Move campaign, dictate what families do with their own children. She doesn't say, "you can't have a cookie. You can't have a birthday cake.' That's not anywhere in her program.
The Let's Move campaign simply provides helpful guidance to assist Americans in digging out of these dire statistics regarding childhood obesity. I found the website to be very helpful and even to include multiple tools you can print and use for your family. I did not find one single place on that website where Michelle Obama seems to call for a no-tolerance policy on junk food. On the contrary, she seems to be calling for what any good doctor or nutritionist would encourage; a healthy lifestyle that we can all continue. A healthy lifestyle that can be maintained must allow for the occasional splurge like her Superbowl menu or ribs.

I'd also like to point out that this type of anti-First-Lady rhetoric never seemed to be an issue for Laura Bush. Some of the statements made by Palin, Bachman and Limbaugh have sounded as ludicrous as me saying "Laura Bush is trying to take away my freedom not to read to my children." Give me a break!

I do have one criticism for the Let's Move campaign, and I guess the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). I clicked on the tool to determine your child's Body Mass Index (which links you to the CDC) to clarify if they are indeed overweight. My skinny daughter who is four years old but wears 3T clothing, pictured above, came up as overweight. So, there's some better fodder for you to criticize Mr. Limbaugh. But please, stop this ridiculous nonsense that Michelle Obama is not a swimsuit model. She's what swimsuit models looked like in the 50s and I think if models still looked like her these days, we wouldn't have so many anorexic and bulimic teenage girls.

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