Michelle Obama seems like a very cool lady –– way too cool for that thankless p.r. position known as First Lady. No human being should be expected to walk around with a 24/7 mommy smile while promoting some non-controversial cause that, frankly, amounts to busy work. Case in point –– you may have heard that Ms. Obama is coming to Fort Worth Feb 9 to hold a roundtable discussion about healthy eating habits among children. At Olive Garden. Yep, Olive Garden, home of the Tour of Italy –– a dish that includes beef lasagna, chicken parmesana, and fettucine alfredo on one plate. (And no, I didn’t have to look that up. I have taken this particular Italian tour a few times in my life).
Even if Olive Garden has pledged to add healthier items to its children’s menu, this event is ridiculous. I’d wager that anyone who can afford to eat there also knows what it takes for grownups and kids to lose weight –– exercise more, consume fewer calories. But for many of us this is a very difficult balance to maintain long-term, for a variety of psychological and biological reasons. Ms. Obama certainly knows this, but as First Lady, she’s got to pick a non-threatening cause and, ya know, look busy. And pretend she isn’t dying to try the Five Cheese Ziti Al Forno. It rocks.