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The Food That the POTUS Should Promotus

Written by Michelle Kretzer | May 10, 2012

Why must every American president shoot the obligatory “and here I am chowing down on a burger” photograph? Best bet? To please the meat lobby and because of the old-fashioned idea of what “being American” is all about: no falafel; it’s red meat and guns for me. Mr. Obama is no exception, often deliberately choosing hot dogs and burgers for his photo ops with visiting heads of state.

Well, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has taken the POTUS to task for promoting foods that are known to contribute to the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and that have been linked to cancer. PCRM has started a petition asking the White House to ban staged photos that show the president, the first family, the vice president, or the president’s Cabinet eating unhealthy foods such as processed meats.

“The White House would never set up a photo op showing the president buying cigarettes, so why is it okay to show him eating a hot dog?” asked Susan Levin, PCRM’s nutrition education director.

You can sign the petition and ask the pres to set a good example for Americans by eating healthy food. Some Obama Oatmeal With Presidential Peaches sounds nice.


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  • Jessica Smith says:

    Funny–PETA is against processed meats, but they have no issue with processed soy…tofu, soy milk, etc. How about NO processed anything? Just plain ole fruits, veggies, meat, milk, and eggs?

  • Jp says:

    The Humane Society rated Obama a C- for animal issues in 2011. The year before was a B and the year before that a B-. For 2011: “The administration publicly committed to bringing Internet sellers of puppies under its authority, but there’s been no rule proposed yet. A rule to ban the import of nine species of large constricting snakes for the pet trade has stalled, apparently as a result of pressure from the pet industry. The administration generally had a status quo approach on the management of wild horses and burros, subsidies to factory farms, lethal predator control by Wildlife Services, and the use of chimps in research—although a scientific report released in December on the value of chimps in laboratories has altered the trajectory on that issue for the better. In actions that could only be characterized as hostile, the administration pushed to de-list wolves from the list of federally protected species in the Northern Rockies and the Upper Great Lakes, worked with the slaughterhouse industry to nullify a California downed animal protection law, and tried to allow the killing of sea lions in the Northwest.”

  • Claire says:

    He’ll be as fat as Cameron soon.

  • Rex's Mom says:

    Michelle Obama is very against child obesity so she would not like that picture of her husband with that big whatever it was in the picture above. I wonder if she scolds him for not eating healthy.