Is she really the new Jackie Kennedy? Here's a photo of her at a White House meeting on Friday wearing something that looks like the suicide belt terrorists wear:
wore while visiting Westminster Abbey when she flew with her girls over to London to do a bit of sight seeing.
Michelle Goes Out for Veggies!
Then there was Michelle's little trip out the front gates of the White House to a Farmer's Market one block away:
Hi-Ho, the Derry-O36 vehicles, shut down the streets and the metro station all so Michelle could do some shopping and drone on about how nifty overpriced veggies are? Is this how she shows she is touch with the common people? When was the last time anyone on the unemployment line had the spare cash to pay for such overpriced stuff? Besides, don't taxpayers already pay for the care and maintenance of her little garden plot on the White House lawn?
By Dana Milbank
Washington PostFriday, September 18, 2009
Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?
Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:
The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.
Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"
Obama, in her brief speech to the vendors and patrons, handled the affordability issue by pointing out that people who pay with food stamps would get double the coupon value at the market. Even then, though, it's hard to imagine somebody using food stamps to buy what the market offered: $19 bison steak from Gunpowder Bison, organic dandelion greens for $12 per pound from Blueberry Hill Vegetables, the Piedmont Reserve cheese from Everson Dairy at $29 a pound. Rounding out the potential shopping cart: $4 for a piece of "walnut dacquoise" from the Praline Bakery, $9 for a jumbo crab cake at Chris's Marketplace, $8 for a loaf of cranberry-walnut bread and $32 for a bolt of yarn.
I remember the last time I saw Hillary Clinton zipping around Washington as First Lady. Three cars total! But I guess Michelle decided to supersize her motorcade for that one block trip. Anyone care to guess what the carbon footprint of her visit was?