When Barack Obama took office, his wife, Michelle, had to find an issue to make her own. She picked the incredibly controversial topic of food.
Yes, food. She decided that, from the lofty perch of the first lady’s office, she would push healthy food. Like “tender baby arugula” — at $20 a pound. And maybe a “$19 bison steak.” (For a wonderful read, check out Dana Milbank’s “Washington Sketch: Michelle Obama Gets Her Farmers Market,” which he once told me got him banned from the White House Christmas party.)
The whole thing morphed into an exercise program — Let’s Move! — and eventually made its way into the nation’s schools.
The result was not pretty — or appetizing.