There are two things you are not allowed to call Michelle Obama. One is “angry black woman”. The other is “generous host”, at least when the guests for the White House’s “kids’ state dinner” (well, lunch, actually) are concerned:
The menu: Kale Chips from the New York winner were placed on each table ahead of the appetizer, which was Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad from the Arizona winner. The entree was “Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes” from the Kansas winner, accompanied by Baked Zucchini Fries from the North Carolina winner. Dessert was two recipes: A Strawberryana Smoothie from the Hawaii winner; and a “Summer Fruit Garland” from the South Dakota winner, which was chunks of fruit on a wooden skewer.
I’m sure it was lovely. Really. But even the Three Little Pricks, with their very sophisticated tastes, would have turned their noses up at this condescending nonsense. Forgetting the First Lady’s own Clintonesque fondness for junk food, this is sending all the wrong messages to kids. For one thing, where’s the beef? Or any other sort of animal protein? Yes, there was something called “Scrumptious Salmon Salad” on offer, but that sounds like the latest offering from Whiskas.
For another, “baked zucchini fries” is a tri-partite oxymoron.
But the most annoying bit is how the old lefty doctrine that the personal is political has invaded even lunch. It’s as if the whole menu were run through a propaganda office to ensure everything was not just “healthy” but also not seen to be counter-revolutionary. Quinoa good, wagyu bad perhaps? The commies of old used to talk about breaking eggs to make omelettes, even if they never delivered any. Under the new regime, omlettes are strictly verboten.
Just as with the whole kerfuffle about the wine list at grown-up state dinners, it’s all about the triumph of power and politics over taste.
It’s enough to make one miss the Kennedys.