Michelle Obama Brings Cookies to Kids; Draws Cries of Hypocrisy

Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 02:29 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Michelle Obama visited children of military families in Bethesda, Md., Wednesday to invite them to the White House Easter Egg Roll and to hand out cookies, something that's not exactly in line with her "Let's Move" campaign, which aims to combat childhood obesity.

The first lady and Bo, the Obama family's Portuguese water dog, stopped at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for a pre-Easter celebration with military families and their children. Obama brought along cookies shaped like Bo (made by the White House's pastry chefs) and extended an invitation for the families to come to the Easter Egg Roll May 1.

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"Are you ready for a little more fun? I'm coming to engage in the fun with you," Obama told the children of military families. "So I like to come and hang out, No. 1, to bring cookies. Anybody like cookies here? I'm not sure if we haven't any cookie fans."

Obama launched her "Let's Move" campaign three years ago to address childhood obesity. In the past three decades, those rates in America have tripled and today, one in three children are overweight or obese, according to letsmove.gov.

Some people have found it hypocritical that the first lady brought sugary treats for the children when her platform advocates healthy eating.

"When we send our kids to school, we have a right to expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we're trying to keep from them when they're at home," Obama said at a school in Alexandria, Va., last year. "We have a right to expect that the food they get at school is the same kind of food that we want to serve at our own kitchen tables."

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