Monday, December 20, 2010

Sarah Palin Trashed For Michelle Obama Bash - UPDATE: Mike Huckabee Weighs In

Video: Palin's third shot at First Lady & Let's Move! campaign gets sautéed...UPDATE, Dec. 29: Pushback against Let's Move! is one of the top White House food stories of 2010. The East Wing responds...
*Mike Huckabee update at bottom of post: The former Governor of Arkansas supports the First Lady
First Lady Michelle Obama and the Let's Move! campaign are such a focus for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin that she interrupted a family camping trip to make a remark about both, claiming that the First Lady doesn't want Americans to eat dessert.

The "offhand" comment was captured on Sunday night's episode of Palin's Alaska-based "reality" TV show. Members of the media were quick to point Palin's comment out, noting it as both a wrong assertion and disrespectful to the First Lady. It's fairly unprecedented for someone who may well be running for president to be publicly attacking the spouse of the sitting president. It's also Palin's third shot at Mrs. Obama and the campaign, and now looking like a "theme" for Palin. (Above: The First Lady, and the possible future candidate for president, decked out to hunt caribou for her TV show)

During the show, Palin was in the family RV, looking for ingredients to make a favorite American camp-out treat, S'Mores, which is a fire-roasted "sandwich" of marshmallows and chocolate, melted between graham crackers.

“Where’s the S’Mores ingredients?” Palin asked her kids, rifling through cabinets. “This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert!”

Huffington Post, Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball and Bonnie Fuller of HollywoodLife.com were among those who called out Palin for the comment.

"Mama Grizzly unleashed!" Matthews said on Hardball, before playing a clip of the moment, adding that Palin was taking "a thinly veiled swipe" at Mrs. Obama and Let's Move!.

"The First Lady of course is not trying to ban dessert," Matthews said. "Her campaign looks to ensure children have healthy food options available. Isn't that something we can all get behind, Governor Palin?"

"Sarah clearly has no respect for the presidential spouse's role," Fuller wrote on Huffington Post as well as on her HollywoodLife.com blog.

"Is huntin’, shootin’, halibut bashin’ Palin intimidated by the Obama biceps? Are Michelle’s more manned up than hers? You have to wonder," Fuller added.

On HollywoodLife.com, Fuller also posted the Matthews video clip:



Huffington Post also ran a blind item about the Palin moment, and AOL's Politics Daily noted Palin's snarkiness with the headline "S'mores Wars: Palin Flings Dessert--Figuratively Speaking--In First Lady's Face." The author of the post also noted that Mrs. Obama has made no such comments about not eating dessert.

As mentioned above, it's the third time that Palin has attempted to insert herself into the ongoing Food Culture War that is brewing around Mrs. Obama's campaign. Palin derided the First Lady and Let's Move! on Laura Ingraham's radio show, as well as during a public speaking engagement at Plumstead Christian Academy, in Pennsylvania (a post about both is here). There, Palin handed out cookies to reinforce her assertion that the newly passed child nutrition legislation is the latest example of Big Government run amok, and suggested that Mrs. Obama was trying to remove parents' choices over food.

During a Thanksgiving interview with ABC's Barbara Walters, Mrs. Obama addressed Palin's criticism of Let's Move! as a Big Government gambit to supersede parental choice.

UPDATE, DEC. 22: Huckabee says Palin misunderstands First Lady's campaign
Mike Huckabee
, former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007) and now host of an eponymous show on the Fox network, defended the First Lady and her campaign on Dec. 21, during a radio interview on "The Curtis Sliwa Show." Huckabee, formerly obese himself, is one of the most high-profile GOP supporters of Mrs. Obama's campaign--and like Palin, he's also potentially a candidate for the GOP ticket in 2012. The First Lady made her first appearance on the Fox network last February on Huckabee's show to discuss the Let's Move! campaign. And Huckabee was among those quoted on a White House-released list of experts and pros who gave kudos to the child nutrition bill, the legislative cornerstone of the Let's Move! campaign.

“With all due respect to my colleague and friend Sarah Palin, I think she's misunderstood what Michelle Obama is trying to do,” Huckabee said, as he described the importance of the Let's Move! campaign.

“Michelle Obama's not trying to tell people what to eat or not trying to force the government's desires on people,” Huckabee said. “She’s stating the obvious, that we do have an obesity problem in this country...the First Lady's campaign is on target."



Related: Palin memorialized for eternity as a cupcake.

*Top photo and video from Hollywoodlife.com; audio from "The Curtis Sliwa Show"