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During European tour, Michelle Obama boasts of "better lunches in our schools"

Charlie Spiering is reporting that as part of her $600,000 taxpayer funded European tour to promote her "Let's Move" initiative, Michelle Obama boasted during a visit to Milan that American school children were eating better, thanks to her fight against obesity.

"We've gotten schools involved so we're eating better lunches in our schools in the United States, thank goodness," she said.

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Obama made her comments during a visit to the Milan Expo 2015 at a cooking event held by Chef John Besh.

Michelle didn't mention any of the multitude of reports from children complaining about lunchroom changes as a result of the federal nutrition mandates she supported.

In spite of her efforts, she warned, global obesity had skyrocketed in recent years.

Globally, obesity has doubled around the world since 1980 –- can you imagine that?" she asked her audience. "And right now, diabetes has increased by 45 percent all over the world -- did you guys know that?"

That's why we're here -- because we want our delegation to share some of the lessons learned. We want to listen to what's going on around the world, to learn from other leaders so that we can keep making progress and hopefully help other countries do the same thing.

We all have to do our part and kids like you, you guys have to do your part. You've got to eat your vegetables.

You find that if you're talking over dinner, you're actually paying attention to how fast you're eating. So you're not just sitting their gobbling your food down; you're actually tasting it.

You probably eat less because you're not just shoveling -- shoveling is probably not a good thing. We don't shovel ... well, the president shovels sometimes.

I don't know how else to say this -- Michelle Obama is full of crap!

What children in other countries eat (clockwise from top left): Ukraine's version of sausage and mash; Brazil's plantains, rice and black beans; beetroot salad and pea soup in Finland and steak with beans and carrots in France (photo courtest Sweetgreen)

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Check out the photos on this page to see what the kids in "poor" countries are eating.

And while Michelle is taking bows for crap-sandwich lunches, here's just a few articles from this thread that demonstrate Michelle bows are not deserved:

Michelle Obama's school lunch program -- $4 million worth of food thrown into the trash each day
Harvard study says schools trash 60% of veggies and 40% of fruit under Michelle Obama’s lunch rules
Michelle Obama's lunch rules add $1.22 billion in new costs -- up 300% from last year
Students throw away 85% of vegetables served in Michelle's "healthy" lunches

And global obesity has skyrocketed because kids are sitting on their fat butts -- watching TV and playing video games.

When I was a kid, we were outside playing from the end of the school day until the street lights came on.


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Michelle Obama says, "when I look out at all these young women, I see myself"

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Raheem Kassan is reporting that Michelle Obama traveled to the United Kingdom today, choosing to give a speech on female empowerment while surrounded by hijab-clad girls in the ethnically "diverse" London borough of Tower Hamlets.

But the Commercial Road in Tower Hamlets, from where Michelle chose to lecture, isn’t ethnically diverse, and nor is the Mulberry School for Girls that she visited.

Tower Hamlets, which only days ago managed to shake off its Islamist-linked Mayor, boasts a Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani, and otherwise Asian population. At the last census, in 2011, 39 percent of the population self-identified as Christian, while 36 percent identified as Muslim. The Muslim population of the borough is believed to have overtaken the Christian population by some way in the years since, with the next census not due until 2021.

And in Tower Hamlets, nearly 1 in 5 residents did not speak English as their first language, according to the 2011 statistics, opting instead for Bengali.

The Mulberry School for Girls, where Mrs Obama delivered her patronising "Let Girls Learn" speech, is described in multiple Ofsted school inspection reports as having "nearly all students… of Bangladeshi heritage, with a very small minority from other backgrounds, including White British, Pakistani and African."

And while the school has been rated as "very good" for a number of years, it has also played host to hard-Left conferences sponsored by groups such as "War on Want," which is closely tied to anti-Israel activities in the United Kingdom, the "Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament" which has its roots in Communist sympathising, and indeed the European Parliament.

The Mulberry Youth Conference boasts amongst its speakers Shami Chakrabarti from Left-wing campaign group Liberty, now-deceased Labour MP Tony Benn, ex Labour MP Clare Short, editor of the Guardian newspaper Alan Rusbridger, anti-white racist columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, hard-left activist Owen Jones, and feminist campaigner Lucy-Anne Holmes.

So why did Michelle Obama choose Tower Hamlets, and the Mulberry School for Girls?

She said she specifically chose the area, and asked the question aloud herself, during her speech: "Why would she choose Tower Hamlets? I’m here because of you," she told the crowd.

"When I look out at all these young women, I see myself. In so many ways your story is my story," she told the room full of hijab-wearing girls. "I know I don’t look [older than you all]", she crowed. And then went on to praise the local area, which is known for being a hot bed of Islamist activity and sympathy.

She described Tower Hamlets as a place where "families are tight knit… with strong values". Perhaps this is true. There has certainly been evidence of a very "tightly knit" cabal attempting to rule Tower Hamlets. And there are certainly strong values too. Almost half of Britain’s 1300 cases of Female Genital Mutilation last year were from London. No prizes for guess which areas these emanate from.

So perhaps Michelle’s message about "climate change, poverty, extremism" were not best placed in the London borough best known for being a hive of corruption itself. Then again, as she chose to remind us, she is from the mean streets of Chicago. So that rotten stench probably rings quite familiar.

Diverse, my ass!

"Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani, and otherwise Asian population" are british code words for Muslim!



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Michelle Obama plans to take a week-long trip to Europe

Keith Koffler says, really?

Just three months after hitting Japan and Cambodiato talk about girls' education, Mrs. Obama will travel to London to promote the same thing and to attend the Milan Expo 2015, where she will tour the USA Pavilion -- "American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet" -- and "participate in activities to lift up efforts to support healthier families and communities," according to the White House. And she'll make it to Venice too.

I know that the topic of education in Great Britain has been much on your mind the last several years, as it has mine. FINALLY, the first lady is doing something about it.

From the White House:

As part of the Let Girls Learn initiative and following her recent visits to Japan and Cambodia, the First Lady will visit London where she will meet with students and discuss how the UK and the U.S. are working together to expand access to girls education around the world -- supporting adolescent girls in completing their education.

Mrs. Obama will also meet with U.S. military stationed in Vicenza, Italy, which is fine, though undoubtebly these are not the service members most in need of the first lady's care and comfort.

Her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and Malia and Sasha will be along for the trip. No word on if the cousins are coming too, as they have in the past.

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You don't need to be a foxhound to perceive that this smells a lot like a vacation. And a very expensive one for taxpayers, given the security and staff that will be involved. But I gather, with no more elections to be won, that Mrs. Obama figures she can do whatever she wants.

"The First Lady will also visit cultural sites in Venice before returning to Washington, DC," the White House noted.

That, she will.



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Our new flag

Dave Blount reminds us of the "all this just for a flag" incident from the 10th anniversary of 9/11?

The internet was buzzing this week with video of First Lady Michelle Obama apparently showing extreme disrespect to the American flag at a ceremony in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. As police and firefighters fold the flag to the sound of marching bagpipers, a skeptical looking Mrs. Obama leans to her husband and appears to say, "all this just for a flag." She then purses her lips and shakes her head slightly as Obama nods. Here’s the video:

Even if that’s what she said, it’s not that the Bitter Half is inherently disrespectful. They were just honoring the wrong flag. This one is more like it:

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There, that’s better. For the first time in her adult life, the Worst Lady is proud of the flag.



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ISIS says Michelle Obama is worth $40 in the slave market

Katie Zavadski is reporting that the latest issue of an ISIS propaganda magazine puts a price on the Michelle Obama in the slavery market it says will one day come to the United States.

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The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West -- and claims the first lady won't fetch a large price.

"I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every gathering, surely the slave markets will be established against the will of the politically 'correct'!" decries Umm Sumayyah al Muhajirah, an allegedly female columnist for Dabiq who penned a defense of the terror group's slave trade. "And who knows, maybe Michelle Obama's price won't even exceed a third of a dīnār, and a third of a dīnār is too much for her!"

(A January estimate puts a single golden dinar at $139 USD.)

Umm Sumayyah has written for previous issues of the magazine, telling women that immigration to the caliphate is as obligatory for them as it is for men. (Her own name, al Muhajirah, suggests that she is an immigrant herself.)

In the six-page piece titled "Slave Girls or Prostitutes," she defends the practice of taking slaves through war -- saby -- as inherently Islamic, a "great prophetic Sunnah [teachings of the prophet] containing many divine wisdoms and religious benefits." She even decries ISIS supporters who initially denied reports of slave-taking "as if the soldiers of the Khilāfah had committed a mistake or evil."

Firsthand accounts of slavery under ISIS reveal brutal sexual assaults and unlivable conditions. Recent reports by human rights groups even suggest that Yezidi women are opting for suicide rather than to continue living with ISIS masters -- leading the jihadis to confiscate the head scarves the young women have allegedly used to hang themselves.

But for the columnist writing as Umm Sumayyah, the real human-rights atrocities are prostitutes working in the West -- even those working of their own free will.

"A prostitute in your lands comes and goes, openly committing sin," she writes. "She lives by selling her honor, within the sight and hearing of the deviant scholars from whom we don't hear even a faint sound."

"As for the slave-girl that was taken by the swords of men following the cheerful warrior, […] then her enslavement is in opposition to human rights and copulation with her is rape?! What is wrong with you?"



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Does Michelle Obama only represent the black community?


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School feeds Michelle Obama's lunches to the worms

MichelleCrying.jpg EAG News is reporting that officials at South Carolina's Lower Richland High School have found an audience that loves Michelle Obama's healthy lunches: worms.

 A new program at the school recycles the district's lunch leftovers to create compost that's used to grow produce for the culinary program. Leftover food is hauled to a 2,200'pound food dehydrator where it's dried to create coffee'like material that's fed to red worms in vermiculite pods, ColaDaily.com reports.

The worms break down the dehydrated food waste to produce worm castings, a vital ingredient in quality compost. That compost is used for the school's solar'powered greenhouse to grow vegetables, and flowers for school fundraisers, according to the news site.

The 30'panel solar array that powers the greenhouse was paid for in part with a $25,000 from the local Palmetto Energy. The rest of the $142,361 "LifeCycle Innovation Project" came from "a number of partnership grants." The school worked with the public'private collaboration firm EngenuitySC to organize the project.

The Free'Times reports the district choose the program because it "was looking to use federal grant money to create a project that would directly link to its STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) program…"

In other words, the district receives federal grant money for the National School Lunch Program to provide meals to students, who are generating quite a bit of waste, presumably from the government'mandated daily fruit and vegetable. And then the school receives another federal grant to recycle that waste into different produce for the culinary program.

Carroll Kelley supervises the program Lower Richland High School and students there produce about 200 pounds of organic waste per week, WALB reports.
 
About 20 to 40 pounds of usable waste is collected each day, run through the food dehydrator and fed to worms, which breaks down to about 10 to 20 pounds of compost, the Free'Times reports.

Overall, the project has reduced school food waste by roughly 50 to 70 percent.

"Everyday, the cafeteria was throwing away food in the past that wasn't eaten or served," Kelley told WALB. "So, now we put the food in the food dryer."

Student project supervisor Nazaire Bethea said the waste is significant.

"All the food waste we've had, we've saved so much from it," Bethea said. "We're doing something productive with it."

Across the country school districts are struggling with increased food waste associated with national school food restrictions led by first lady Michelle Obama. Students are required to take a fruit or vegetable, and are limited on calories, fat, sugar, sodium and other nutritional elements. The situation is now creating about $1 billion in school food waste annually as student simply dump their greens in the garbage.

Essentially, the LifeCycle takes a bad situation and turns it positive.

Principal Kelvin Wymbs pointed out it's also recruiting a broader array of students to STEM subjects.

"Our LifeCycle program has a lot of kids you wouldn't typically see in the STEM program," Wymbs told WALB. "Not only are they getting a hands'on look at global learning but they're also building up their esteem across campus."



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Michelle lets out her inner Rev. Wright

Remember poor Michelle Obama is a Princeton and Harvard Law graduate whose education was paid for by the People of the United States; whose salary at the University of Chicago Medical Center was $316,962; who married a state senator, who later became an United States senator and then President of the United States.

Clearly, Michelle believes she has a lot to complain about, but CBS describes her race-baiting rant as "emotional" and "deeply personal."


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Michelle's pity-party-continues

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Elise Viebeck is reporting that Michelle Obama gave a candid view Saturday of the challenges and emotional toll of being the country's first black first lady.

Obama, speaking to graduates at Tuskegee University in Alabama, described insensitive media questions and derogatory remarks from political pundits that she said have kept her up at night.

"You might remember the on-stage celebratory fist bump between me and my husband after a primary win that was referred to as a 'terrorist fist jab,'" she said.

"And over the years, folks have used plenty of interesting words to describe me. One said I exhibited 'a little bit of uppity-ism.' Another noted that I was one of my husband's 'cronies of color.' Cable news once charmingly referred to me as 'Obama's Baby Mama.' " 

Obama said she was subjected to a different set of expectations on the campaign trail in 2008 compared with other candidates' wives.

"'What kind of First Lady would I be? What kinds of issues would I take on?' … The truth is, those same questions would have been posed to any candidate's spouse," she said.

"But, as potentially the first African-American First Lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations; conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating? Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?"

In the end, she said, she realized all the negativity was just "noise."

Obama encouraged the graduates of Tuskegee, a historically black university, to overcome adversity and discrimination by staying "true to the most real, most sincere, most authentic parts of yourselves."  

People "will make assumptions about who they think you are based on their limited notion of the world," she said. "My husband and I know how frustrating that experience can be.  We've both felt the sting of those daily slights throughout our entire lives. … And all of that is going to be a heavy burden to carry."



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Cry me a river!

Speaking to graduates at Tuskegee University in Alabama on Saturday, Michelle Obama confessed, in what CNN called "an impassioned and personal commencement speech," that she suffered "a lot of sleepless nights" in 2008.

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I can't do justice to this Twitchy page. You guys should check out the tweets responding to Michelle's last pity-party.

And the comments are the icing on the cake.



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Famous lowlife summoned by the Queen of America

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Snoop Dogg says the only surprising thing about his visit to the White House was that it "took so [expletive] long" for him to score an invitation.

The "Gin & Juice" rapper, who snagged an invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. back in 2013, tells The New York Times that Michelle Obama is likely to thank for it, "I think his wife was like, 'It's time to get the Doggfather in here.'"

Snoop Dogg -- whose new album, "Bush," will be released later this month -- has claimed in the past that he smoked marijuana inside the White House during his trip there. The entertainer told Jimmy Kimmel last year that he smoked a joint, "In the bathroom, not in the White House, but in the bathroom."

Check out the text on "Snoop's" jacket.

They're going to have to "tent" the White House one the Obamas are out of there.



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Michelle Obama says museums are for white people

Nicole Haas is reporting that Michelle Obama used a speech Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum to instead dig deeper the racial divide that's been growing ever wider during her husband's presidency.

"Museums and concert halls," she said, just don't welcome non-white visitors -- especially children -- the way they welcome whites.

Speaking at the new Whitney museum in New York City's meat packing district last week, Obama said she grew up thinking that museums were not places "for someone who looks like me."

"You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that's not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.

"And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself. So I know that feeling of not belonging in a place like this. And today, as first lady, I know how that feeling limits the horizons of far too many of our young people.

According to Twitchy, Obama's remarks went largely unnoticed outside of the event, until a local radio host reported on "Museums as White Spaces."

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Michelle likely won't be answering that question any time soon. The tone of her speech was eerily similar to her husband's remarks during the launch of My Brother's Keeper Alliance in New York City on Monday.

In the wake of racial tension and turmoil that has prompted riots throughout the country, Barack Obama unleashed some of his most overt commentary on race yet, as documented by Twitchy.

In 2008, Barack Obama was being sold as a "racial healer." He was going to be the man that would bring the races together.

Well, that was just another in a long string of lies.

A racial healer never could have spent 20 years listening to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's hateful sermons.



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Equal pay . . . for Michelle?

Keith Koffler is reporting that Barack Obama returned this week to a subject he has broached several times before, that Michelle does not receive a salary for her work.

"Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out first ladies get paid nothing," he said to laughter during a "town hall" gathering Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. "So there's clearly not equal pay in the White House when it comes to her and me."

Well, uh, they're not doing the same job, first of all. Which goes right to part of the reason women aren't paid as much as men -- they choose jobs that pay less.

But it's obviously an issue for the Obamas. He has noted on various occasions that Michelle doesn't get paid even though "she works pretty hard" and it's "a tough job." It seems from his statement, even if said with an element of jest, that Michelle is driving the conversation here.

I understand the president wanting to stick up for his wife and recognize her work. And she does do some good work. But of course, she is quite well compensated.

How about free housing -- utilities included! -- in one of the world’s great mansions? And when was the last time she wrote a check to have the place cleaned? Or the lawn mowed? Sorry, maybe the president mows it. And paid travel all over the world, and many weeks of vacation every year. Food delivered by servants after being prepared by a personal chef.

How about the honor of being first lady? Sorry to be so old-fashioned.

It never occurs to liberals like the Obamas that her government salary would have to come out of other people's paychecks, people who don’t go on safari in Africa or spend 24 days resting up in Hawaii over Christmas.

And don't forget the two-dozen handmaidens and the personal trainer. Then there's the wardrobe, the beauty "treatments and on-and-on -- it's odd --  I don't remember any of the previous first ladies agitating for compensation.


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Fed-up mom posts nasty photo of Michelle Obama-approved school lunch -- and it goes viral

Gina Cassini is reporting that a Virginia mother posted a photo of a very unappetizing Michelle Obama-approved school lunch her elementary school child received -- and the photo has gone super-viral, repulsing most, and bringing newfound scorn upon the First Lady's horrific new "standards."

Here's the lovely lunch picture:

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YUMMY!

But school administrators, scrambling to come up with an explanation, finally found one: it's the "poor lighting" that made it "look bad".

Really.

So, that's not really a fish filet with a whole wheat bun resting on top. Your eyes are playing tricks on you. EAG News reports:

That's what administrators at Virginia's Portsmouth Public Schools want parents to believe after a mother took a photo of her child's paltry school lunch and posted it on social media.

The mom says James Hurst Elementary served the lunch Tuesday.

After the photo began circulating around the community, Food Service Coordinator Jim Gehlhoff admitted the lunch "concerns us," but added that it might not actually be as bad as it looks.

"Poor lighting and food presentation make this lunch unappealing," he said in a statement released to the media.

He says it's in "full compliance" with the federal lunch rules championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

"The meal in this photo and other meals served by Portsmouth Public Schools meet nutritional and USDA requirements," according to the food service coordinator.

Remember, as we have reported, these new horrid "standards" were -- 100% -- put in place by Michelle Obama, and forced upon tens of thousands of school districts nationwide.

But there are two students who won't ever have to worry about eating such a gross lunch: her own kids, Sasha and Malia Obama. That's because they attend the elite, $35,000-a-year Sidwell Friends Academy in Washington D.C.

And this was the Obama girls' menu for today's lunch, April 17, 2015:

Tuscan White Bean
Quinoa a la Ranchero
Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad
BBQ Chicken Sliders
Grilled Vegetables and Herb Cheese Wraps
Lemon Sautéed Local Greens
Corn Chips

Marie Antoinette had nothing on Lady Michelle…

Related:  Teachers ate kid's confiscated home made lunches



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Michelle has a new look!

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Tobias Salinger is reporting that Michelle Obama's "Jeopardy" clues are provoking hair-raising questions.

Michelle Obama's appearance on Tuesday's episode of the American game show mainstay has her admirers wondering if she may have shaved off her famous locks. A seemingly shorn Obama presented answers related to healthy eating on the show, but the potential new look could have been created by a camera angle and lighting obscuring her ponytail.



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Foul-mouthed Michelle

Kieran Corcoran is reporting that Michelle Obama was so foul-mouthed as a child that she lost out on an award at summer camp, according to a new biography.

Michelle was an avid attendee at a day camp on the shores of Lake Michigan, and stood out as the most capable in her age group.

But camp leaders were so taken aback by her salty tongue that they denied her a prestigious award when the camp ended, according to biographer Peter Slevin, whose Michelle Obama: A Life was previewed by People magazine.

Michelle Robinson, as she was then known, as so stunned by the revelation that she changed her ways immediately and put an end to her "cursing phase."

The anecdote surfaced in the upcoming book on Mrs Obama, that also includes the revelation that her mother was anxious about her marriage to future president Barack Obama -- because he was mixed race rather than completely black.

Slevin quotes her:

"I was going through my cursing stage."

"I didn't realize until my camp counselor at the end came up and said: 'You know, you would have been best camper in your age group, but you curse so much'."

"And I thought I was being cool."

Michelle used to attend the camp regularly with her brother, Craig. She would have been ten years old at the camp held in 1974, while Craig would have been 11.


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Michelle Obama urges Cambodian students to seek more freedoms

Jocelyn Gecker is reporting that Michelle Obama wrapped up a five-day vacation to Asia Sunday in which she promoted the U.S.-led education initiative "Let Girls Learn," which she and the president announced earlier this month. The community-based program, to be run by the Peace Corps, is meant to help millions of girls in the developing world stay in school and overcome economic or cultural pressures that force many to drop out.

"Let Girls Learn" is starting in 11 countries, including Cambodia. Mrs. Obama's visit follows a three-day trip to Japan, which is helping to fund the project.

The trip gave Mrs. Obama, who is traveling without her husband, a chance to soak up some of Asia's rich culture. In Japan, she visited Buddhist and Shinto shrines, and in Cambodia she traveled to Siem Reap, home to the famed Angkor Wat temple complex.

At a high school outside of Siem Reap, Mrs. Obama greeted students with a traditional gesture of hands pressed together and a head bow. She walked the compound's dirt paths and then met with 10 girls who shared tales of rising early to feed their families and help with farming before heading off on long treks to school and studying late into the night.

"You are role models to the world," said Mrs. Obama, seated on a wooden school chair beside the students and Cambodia's first lady. Education brings empowerment, she added, and urged the teens to "finish your education and then follow your dreams."

"Use your voices to advocate for good things -- whether it's more education, better health care, more freedoms, more equality," she said. "Not just here in Cambodia, not just here in Siem Reap, but in the world. I hope that you all will feel empowered to do that."

In the first year of the Let Girls Learn collaboration, Peace Corps will initially target 11 countries where we can make a real difference: Albania, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Georgia, Ghana, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Togo, and Uganda.


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Michelle Obama now mandating daycare centers weigh kids

B. Christopher Agee is reporting that western journalism has extensively covered the overwhelmingly negative reaction to Michelle Obama's activism regarding public school nutrition standards. After backing 2010's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, she championed the regulations therein that forced schools to offer more expensive -- and less palatable -- cafeteria choices.

Students panned the new lunches as inedible and inadequate, while school administrators lamented the added costs. Despite the loss of federal funding that accompanies such a decision, numerous districts across the nation have opted out of the guidelines in favor of offering kids healthy food that they might actually eat.

Recent reports indicate a complete overhaul of school nutrition standards is not the only notable mandate included in Obama's pet legislation. In accordance with the law's requirement that childcare facilities compile data on those kids under their supervision, a substantial cross-section of these young enrollees will be subjected to weight and height analysis.

A notification distributed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture asserted that children in such facilities "will be asked to cooperate with study staff who will weigh and measure them for the Standing Height and Weight Form."

Though the initial study will analyze results from about 3,000 of the approximately 30 million kids currently enrolled in daycare, plenty of critics see this as just a first step toward even more invasive data mining.

"Stop the Tyranny!" one Twitter user wrote in response to the story.

Others suggested Obama lead by example.

"Won't see her on the scale with that big butt," one comment stated.

Because I care for the mental and emotional well-being of the members, I have opted not to include a photo of Michelle's posterior -- this time!


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Poor Michelle says living in the White House is "really hard"

Richard Anthony lists that staff members to help the First Lady in "maintaining the dignity of her office" and their salaries:

  • Natalie F. Bookey Baker, executive assistant to the chief of staff to the first lady, $45,000;
  • Alan O. Fitts, deputy director of advance and trip director for the first lady, $61,200;
  • Jocelyn C. Frey, deputy assistant to the president and director of policy and projects for the first lady, $140,000;
  • Jennifer Goodman, deputy director of scheduling and events coordinator for the first lady, $63,240;
  • Deilia A.L. Jackson, deputy associate director of correspondence for the first lady, $42,000;
  • Kristen E. Jarvis, special assistant for scheduling and traveling aide to the first lady, $51,000;
  • Camille Y. Johnston, special assistant to the president and director of communications for the first lady, $102,000;
  • Tyler A. Lechtenberg, director of correspondence for the first lady, $50,000;
  • Catherine M. Lelyveld, director and press secretary to the first lady, $85,680;
  • Dana M. Lewis, special assistant and personal aide to the first lady, $66,000;
  • Trooper Sanders, deputy director of policy and projects for the first lady, $85,000;
  • Susan S. Sher, assistant to the president and chief of staff and counsel to the first lady, $172,200;
  • Frances M. Starkey, director of scheduling and advance for the first lady, $80,000;
  • Semonti M. Stevens, associate director and deputy press secretary to the first lady, $53,550;
  • Melissa Winter, special assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff to the first lady, $102,000.

The White House social secretary works for the first lady and serves as head of the White House Social Office, which plans everything from the casual and educational student workshops to elegant and sophisticated state dinners welcoming world leaders.

In the Office of White House Social Secretary were the following staffers:

  • Erinn J. Burnough, deputy director and deputy social secretary, $66,300;
  • Joseph B. Reinstein, deputy director and deputy social secretary, $66,300;
  • Julianna S. Smoot, deputy assistant to the president and White House social secretary, $150,000.

And this list does not include Michelle Obama's immense cost for her to travel. When she does, she also lists her two daughters as "Senior Staff Members" so they will get paid (courtesy of you and me). I'll bet you didn't know that you were paying the two girls "allowance," did you?

And don't forget Michelle's personal trainer who flies in from Chicago every week -- and the gym fees.

Then there's her wardrobe!

Given the current state of our economy and given the fact that our nation's veterans are having their benefits decreased or cut-off all together, I think the "First Lady" could "down-size" just a little and cut a few corners, wouldn't you say? On my trusty little old 45 year old MONROE 3140 calculator that total comes to $1,415,170.00 per year in salaries for her 17 personal staff members. I wonder how many disabled veterans who lost limbs just in the last 5 years that amount of money would take care of.

So, to sum it all up, let's imagine just for a moment that you had in your possession, an EBT card, one with no spending limit, and whatever you did spend, you'd never have to pay back. Then you'd know what it was like to walk a mile in Michelle Obama's designer shoes.

Hey! Michelle! Cry me a river.


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Michelle celebrates an Iranian holiday at the White House

Keith Koffler says no no no no no no no no no.

No no no no no.

This is not how you do it. This is not how you deal with the Iranians.

Wednesday, Michelle Obama celebrated at the White House something called Nowruz, the Iranian festival of spring that marks the beginning of the Persian new year.

There are somewhere between half a million and a million Iranian Americans in the United States, about the same as the number of Lithuanian Americans. Where’s the White House Lithuanian American holiday celebration?

No, this is not about Nowruz. This is a clear attempt to appease the Iran government, and it is exactly what is wrong with Obama’s approach to Iran and the rest of the world. It explains why Iran has been able to extract a deal that will allow the centrifuges to keep spinning and, ultimately, a bomb to be built.

What is it with the Left in the West that the default switch is set to appeasement? Reminds me of when Chamberlain returned from Munich talking about "Herr Hitler" -- Mister Hitler. Yes sir, thank you for agreeing not to hurt us.

Obama, who supposedly understands the world with extra perspicuity because of his exotic background, actually does not. The barbarians who rule Iran and our other tough-minded enemies and rivals around the world are unmoved by our attempts to show how nice we are. They do not blush when we kiss them, except out of embarrassment for our stupidity.

What tyrants respond to is strength. Malice. Threats. Force. They do not love, and they do not seek to be loved.

When Qadaffi gave up his nuclear program after Bush invaded Iraq, it wasn’t because Laura Bush celebrated a Libyan holiday.

Out attempts to placate evildoers with something like a Nowruz festival invite only contempt. It confirms for them that we are weak, and that they can take advantage of us.

We are, as these things go, a nice people. Some of us, mostly on Left, tend to think the rest of the world is nice too. It’s not.

It is, actually, no more than self-indulgence to assume others are like us. It is hubris. The hubris of someone like Obama.

The Iranians understand our leaders much better than our leaders understand them. They know Obama will never attack them. And they are negotiating accordingly.

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who understands the neighborhood in which he lives, came here to warn America. Obama didn’t even bother to watch the speech. Because it contradicts his world view.

One day, quite possibly, hundreds of thousand or even millions will die because of the deal Obama is about to strike. Those people may be Americans.

Because Peace through Weakness is a deadly way of doing business.


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What Michelle Obama hath wrought!

The Daily Mail has a pictorial report comparing the meager meals fed to US students to even the most cash-strapped of nations.

Mouthwatering photos of school lunches served around the world reveal even children in Ukraine, Estonia and Greece are treated to delectable meals each day. School children in America, meanwhile, aren't nearly so lucky.

Whereas a kid in France might be treated to a juicy steak and a hunk of brie, the richest country in the world's youths are more likely to receive unidentified meat served alongside little more than a starch like white pasta, fries or a roll.

The contrasts between America's school meals and those in far less fortunate economies are stark and suggest Michelle Obama's push for more healthful lunches nationwide have accomplished just the opposite of her promises for more healthy lunches.

New school lunch rules backed by FLOTUS have students nationwide tweeting #thanksMichelleObama along with photos of meals like these

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What children in other countries eat (clockwise from top left): Ukraine's version of sausage and mash; Brazil's plantains, rice and black beans; beetroot salad and pea soup in Finland and steak with beans and carrots in France (photo courtest Sweetgreen)

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Check out the photos on this page to see what the kids in "poor" countries are eating.

Thanks, Michelle Obama!



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Michelle Obama plans to visit Japan with Sasha and Malia

Breitbart is reporting that Michelle Obama may have missed out on Barack Obama's Valentine's Day golfing weekend in sunny California, but she's jetting off to Aspen with her daughters for a little skiing and it appears that she has another trip planned for March.

According to the Asahi Shimbun, the Michelle and her daughters Sasha and Malia will be traveling to Japan for a visit in March.

The trio will visit Tokyo and Kyoto, according to her schedule.

During her visit to China last March, Michelle Obama explained to a group of students that it was "very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States" with her daughters.

"It is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China," she explained at the time.


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If it's President’s Day, this must be Aspen – home of the rich and famous

I know somebody asked about the annual ski-trip the other day, but I was not at liberty to discuss it, as it is not officially happening. Unfortunately, some jerk on Instagram blew our cover.

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And Fire Andrea Mitchell ran with it, in a not-so-respectable way.


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Obamas spend Valentine's Day apart -- again!

East Idaho News is reporting that -- for a second consecutive year -- Barack Obama won't be with Michelle on Feb. 14. And for a second consecutive year, he'll be on a trip to Palm Springs -- one of his favorite destinations over the past couple of years -- playing golf and bro-ing out with high-school buddies.

Obama landed on the West Coast on Thursday to attend the White House's cybersecurity summit at Stanford, and he traveled on to Palm Springs Saturday, where he'll stay at a private residence without the first family, according to the White House, until Monday, when he'll return to D.C.

Though the first couple is apart once again, the first lady tweeted a Valentine's Day message to Obama, and he wished his wife the same in his weekly address.

Strangely enough, Obama was doing almost the exact same thing at this time last year.

He flew to Palm Springs for a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan at Sunnylands, the sprawling estate, retreat, and golf course that has hosted presidents and dignitaries for high-level meetings through the decades.

Obama stayed around for a few days, playing golf at Sunnylands with Hawaii friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme, and Michael Ramos on Feb. 15 and 17, with a round at then-Oracle-CEO Larry Ellison's private course in between.

Saturday, immediately after Air Force One touched down at the Palm Springs airport, Obama's motorcade drove directly to Sunnylands, where the president played a round of golf with the same three friends.

Have you noticed that "close chum" Booby Titcomb is always a fixture at these golf outings?

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Do you think Michelle is sitting in her big room at the White House -- or is she busy too?



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