While making a Midwestern campaign sweep this week, Michelle Obama stopped in Chicago to speak on urban food "deserts." She also announced a new nutrition book. But in a twist of irony, the book flies in the face of her husband's recent food choices.
First, the Chicago Tribune on the First Lady's Tuesday events:
"The first lady will make a campaign visit in Detroit at midday Tuesday, then plans two stops in Chicago in connection with a mayoral summit convened by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on food deserts, which are areas lacking access to grocery stores. Eight other mayors are expected for the summit, including Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, R.T. Ryback of Minneapolis and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore.
At 2:45 p.m., Michelle Obama will visit a Walgreens store at 11 E. 75th St. that has expanded to sell produce and grocery staples, and she will make the summit's closing remarks there."
Mrs. Obama's speech at the "summit" comes a day after it was announced she will release her first book on homemaking; "American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools and Communities," this April. A press release from the Crown Publishing Group reads:
"Through telling the story of the White House kitchen garden, Mrs. Obama will explore in American Grown how increased access to healthy, affordable food can promote better eating habits and improve health of families and communities across America. Mrs. Obama will describe how her daughters Sasha and Malia were catalysts for change in her own family’s eating behavior, which inspired Mrs. Obama to plant an edible garden on the South Lawn – the first since Eleanor Roosevelt’s 'Victory Garden' planted during World War II. The book will be inspirational and instructive and will provide ideas and resources for readers to get involved in the movement to create community, school, and urban gardens, support local farmers’ markets, and make small lifestyle changes to achieve big health results."
While Michelle continues her campaign for healthy foods, even reportedly getting into a spat with comfort-food queen Paula Deen, that hasn't stopped her husband from indulging. TMZ spotted President Obama yesterday in Los Angeles at the famous Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles.
The restaurant manager told TMZ that Obama ordered the "Country Boy" combo; 3 fried chicken wings, a waffle, and potato salad. Obama's decision may not have been the healthiest but at $8.40, it was at least fiscally responsible.