Are the Obamas struggling to be on the same page when it comes to healthy eating? Or is simply that a little of what you love does you good? Either way, the day after his wife unveiled the USDA’s new nutritional plate, Barack Obama wolfed down two chilli dogs, fries and extra chilli in Toledo.
President Obama happily chowed down on the unhealthy meal before a visit to the city’s Chrysler factory. He even teased one of his hosts for ordering ketchup, a faux-pas in his home town of Chicago.
He said of Marcy Kaptur, “Marcy just wants ketchup. By the way, as an aficionado of hot dogs, you shouldn’t put ketchup on hot dogs… I’m trying to teach my girls.”
Michelle Obama may not be too pleased at that culinary education of her children, after she has spent this year touring the country on a crusade against childhood obesity.
The First Lady unveiled the USDA’s new healthy-eating guide, a replacement for the famous “My Pyramid” with a plate divided into four nutritional quadrants: fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins.
But as her husband enjoyed the famous Rudy’s Hot Dog with Toledo’s mayor, the only “vegetables” he ate were in the form of fried onions. He ate the house speciality chili dog, which comes with mustard, onion, chili sauce and cheese, and accompanied that with a bowl of chili with a portion of fries on the side.
The restaurant claims to sell 8,000 dogs a week.
Preident obama worked his usual smooth charm when meeting one of the cooks, telling the owners., “She says she’s worked here 30 years. That means she was under-age when you hired her.”
This meal is in sharp contrast to the healthy lifestle President Obama and Michelle have implemented while at the White House. They grow their own vegetables and work out regularly.
So perhaps the odd chili dog might not do him too much harm. He has been criticised in the past for being too thin – Arnold Schwarzenegger once teased him about his “skinny legs.”