Damn the potatoes: Michelle Obama declares war on spuds

Ready for a fight

MILLINOCKET, Maine, June 1, 2014 – The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act was intended to alter the school lunch program and turn it into a “healthier” program, ostensibly to combat childhood obesity. The spuds war between FLOTUS and potatoes began in 2010 as Obama fought to remove that she deemed “unhealthy” for kids to eat.

There was a problem; the kids hated it and found their own alternatives to the new program. After a few years of declining participation, many school systems began trying to opt out of it even as WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) programs stopped allowing most potato purchases. Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items. As are energy drinks, as long as they have a food nutrition label on then.

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Last Thursday, in an op-ed published in The New York Times Michelle Obama stated:

“The problem is that many women and children already consume enough potatoes and not enough of the nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables they need. That’s why the Institute of Medicine — the nonpartisan, scientific body that advises on the standards for WIC — has said that potatoes should not be part of the WIC program.”

Did you notice the line “…many women and children already consume enough potatoes…” in her statement? Don’t you just love it when the privileged, faux royalty condescend to tell us what our plebian limits are?

She further continued, “…some members of the House of Representatives are now threatening to roll back these new standards and lower the quality of food our kids get in school. They want to make it optional, not mandatory, for schools to serve fruits and vegetables to our kids.”

Take note of the word “mandatory” here. God forbid that kids have a choice. We can’t have them thinking for themselves now, can we?


Michelle was referring to the House Appropriations Committee approving the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Parts of this bill will relax some restrictions on school lunch programs and the WIC program. After tepid debate, it passed by a vote of 31-18, on the same day Mrs. Obama’s op-ed appeared.

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So Michelle lost a battle, but most likely it’s not the end of the war on potatoes. I wonder if potato farmers will lob Spud missiles at the White House?


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JMB - with thanks to Mark Steyn for the idea
JMB – with thanks to Mark Steyn for the idea



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  • melsbabysis

    Hey Michele, how about letting your daughters eat the same food you’re pushing in the public schools since it’s so healthy? Fair’s fair.

  • prtyfdup

    Potatoes are a vegetable and good for you. It’s how we fry them, mix them with butter, and sour cream, and salt and pepper, and cheese (sounds so good right now!), that adds the fats. But all in all they are good for you. Thankfully, I don’t do what this lady suggests. I eat well and smart and that is all that matters. I have known people who ate excellent, exercised, seemed well balanced and happy, then had a heart attack and died before 40.

  • David Tierney

    Worst combo ever. Worst president, worst 1st lady. He is not a president and she is not a lady

  • As an Irish American, I find her war on one of my ethnic foods to be oppressive and borderline racist. *If Michelle gets to be African American then I get to be Irish American.*

  • caljoe2

    Maybe Michelle should start looking through the eyes of the common citizen and not her elitist views. Considering the current abysmal state of the economy/jobs and the fact that the potato is one of the cheapest vegetables available compared to the much pricier vegetables, many need to supplement their diets with it. And in many cases heavily supplement. So she can wage war all she wants but it won’t change the fact that many can not afford to do otherwise.

  • Shelli Bullard Trowbridge

    So sick of this woman and her low class antics.

  • Lucille Mason

    love cooking a pork roast,with potatoes onions,,carrots in oven,makes my house smell so good in winter. but eating it is best part

  • Christian Felanopolis

    So what exactly is” many?” Is it 100? 1000? A 1000000? Out of how many? Or is her MANY a number like 40%? There’s nothing in Michelle’s statement that can be taken as a fact. She’s simply playing on people emotions.

  • Barbara Straub

    Hey, her husband has been known to sneak a French fry or two along with a burger.

  • Roger Beshears

    Potatoes have been and will remain important and inexpensive (comparatively) sources of nutrition. I guess the next thing will be a potato tax

  • Douglas Henry

    The potato tax is coming! Here’s an idea… Oh, forget it, they already have all the answers.

  • heilbama

    If her butt wasn’t so wide, there’d be a way around Michelle Obama.

  • Mary

    I love potatoes and will eat them if I want to. I grew up on the farm and ate lots of potatoes and still eat them. I am still alive at 77 and I am not over weight, maybe even a little under weight.

  • SickandTired

    I am going to eat a straight potato meal tonight in honor of FLOTUS BIG Bootie!

  • Communists love to put their communism to work “protecting the children,” while all along they are trying to ruin and enslave us all to their Democratic Party Plantation of Government Dependency Programs For Democratic Party Re-Election, of which they are the Elites who live opulent live- styles off the backs of the easily gullible and dividable ‘peasants’ who need to be taught how to eat, whether they like it or not!!!

  • Uncle Rex

    There’s really no major difference between today’s liberalism and its marxist, socialist, and communist ancestors.