Limbaugh Twists Michelle Obama’s Words to Attack Her on Kid’s Healthy Food Act
December 14, 2010
EINNEWS, December 14—-On the day the President signed the new Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, enacted with strong bi-partisan support, Rush Limbaugh attacked Michelle Obama for justifying the law by saying, “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.”
One more time, Limbaugh is guilty of setting up a straw man and challenging a political opponent for either saying something they didn’t say or distorting it out of context.
What Michelle Obama actually said was: “And everywhere I go, fortunately, I meet parents who are working very hard to make sure that their kids are healthy. They’re doing things like cutting down on desserts and trying to increase fruits and vegetables. They’re trying to teach their kids the kind of healthy habits that will stay with them for a lifetime.
“But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school, and when many children get up to half their daily calories from school meals, it’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as well. We can’t just leave it up to the parents.
“I think that parents have a right to expect that their efforts at home won’t be undone each day in the school cafeteria or in the vending machine in the hallway. I think that our parents have a right to expect that their kids will be served fresh, healthy food that meets high nutritional standards.”
The bill, signed Monday, regulates food sold only within schools during regular class hours and won’t apply to after-hours events or concession stands at sports events.
The bill gives the secretary of agriculture authority to establish nutrition standards for foods sold in schools during the school day, including items in vending machines. The standards would require schools to serve more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.
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