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Healthy-Eating Advocate Michelle Obama Offers Surprising Response to 'Favorite Food' Question

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"It’s a very versatile, universally loved food."

Image source: YouTube / White House

First lady Michelle Obama has long supported healthy living initiatives and has even founded a few programs of her own.

Given this, it’s likely those attending the annual “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” at the White House Wednesday were surprised after hearing Obama’s answer to one boy’s question.

Image source: YouTube / White House

The 12-year-old boy, whose father works in the office of Vice President Joe Biden, asked the first lady to name her favorite food.

“Hands down, pizza. Pizza! Don’t you all agree?” Obama asked, receiving cheers from the crowd, which consisted primarily of children.

In the past, the first lady has sought to reform the food choices available to American school children. Her 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act demanded that more whole grains, fruits and vegetables be added to public school cafeteria menus and that other “unhealthy” choices be removed.

In light of this initiative, her response Wednesday seemed comparatively moderate:

Pizza is the ultimate food because it can be a junk food, it can be healthy. Like almost every Friday, I’ll eat like a veggie pizza on wheat — now that may not be something you like, but I like it. You can have dessert pizza, you can do anything with pizza. It’s a very versatile, universally loved food.

“And I like french fries,” she added, which again was received favorably.

Neither french fries nor the “ultimate food,” pizza, are feasible options for many school children affected by Obama’s healthy lunch menu reforms.

And the prolific catalogue of #ThanksMichelleObama posts on social media shows that the changes weren’t welcomed by all:

Obama’s pizza comments Wednesday were met with saucy backlash:

See Obama’s favorite food remarks, which begin at the 34:45 mark in the video posted by the White House:

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