Now, we’re sure that the President meant this with good intentions, but we’re also pretty sure that his favorite food to pack in is not, in fact, average Joe broccoli.
At a “Kids’ State Dinner” at the White House today, the Obamas gave the youngsters in attendance a slew of advice about keeping their bodies and minds healthy.
Although the President straight out tells his audience that he loathed the “soft and mushy” vegetables his family used to eat back in the day (when “nobody wanted to eat a pea or a Brussels sprout”), he vowed at the dinner that he has a new, sweeping perspective, and really, truly, honestly, he now loves his veggies.
In lieu of Michelle Obama’s recent recipe challenges and other healthy-food-related campaigns, the President did at least give the kids credit for figuring out how to find ways to make healthy food that actually “tastes good," letting them know that by starting now, they’re setting themselves up for healthy lives far into the future.
Now, Obama is perhaps putting out a “do as I say, not as I do” thing here, but at least he can apply the power of persuasion when he needs to. Especially with the kids.
We, on another note, do recall former President George W. Bush coming through with an entirely different approach to eating green. In 1990, he put his foot down: ''I do not like broccoli,'' he said. ''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!''