‘Broc Obama’ gets broccoli message right

07/12/2013 11:04:00 AM
Chuck Robinson

Chuck Robinson, Assistant Copy ChiefChuck Robinson, Assistant Copy ChiefMaybe the president’s name should be spelled Broc Obama.

The president dropped in on a luncheon that celebrated 54 kids who won first lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest.

One of the winning recipes, submitted by a 10-year-old Alabama child, was kale, broccoli, chicken and apple salad, which sounds pretty good as well as healthful. A South Carolina kid’s “Bring It On Brussels Sprouts Wrap” also sounds good.

Answering a question from a student reporter, President Obama said his favorite food is broccoli.

It is nice to have a president on the side of encouraging kids to eat more vegetables.

In his impromptu remarks, he mentioned not liking poorly prepared vegetables as a kid. He congratulated the young cooks on learning that lesson early and discovering how to properly prepare healthful foods.

“I suspect you’re setting a good example for your parents,” the president said.

Of course, the innocuous remark met with some snide responses from the media.

The Washington Post noted the president is often photographed eating hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza and other less healthy fare.

Yahoo News responded to President Obama’s comment with a slideshow of him ingesting other foods, beer principally.

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, tweeted “What kind of POTUS says his fav food is Broccoli? Same one who in 2008 complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods.”

That comment gained traction on Slate.com and other places.

Fleisher served the son of the president who famously ranted in 1990 “I do not like broccoli … And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!”

What a bunch of silly poofs.

Even if President Obama answered a kid’s question at a luncheon celebrating eating healthfully with a tiny white lie — I am saying if — give him credit for staying on message.

After all, his wife did tell Yahoo News in February that the Obamas are a “broccoli household.”

And the first couple have been united and constant in promoting fresh vegetable and fruit consumption.

Subtly implying to kids that a good way of seeming more grown up is to eat food adults prefer seems like a good tactic to me.


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