Washington, DC - Obama Foodorama's report about the decline of First Lady Michelle Obama's White House Kitchen Garden during the federal government shutdown has whirled around the globe, headlining news stories in major media entities. It has also landed Mrs. Obama on Drudge Report with multiple headline links. (Above, garden beds today, Day 15 of the shutdown)
After a weekend of drenching rain beginning on Friday followed by a return to summer-level heat by Sunday afternoon, Mrs. Obama's signature vegucation project is even more unkempt today. Or as Chicago Tribune noted in an editorial, "the organic veggie garden at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. has, well, gone to hell."
The story from this site was linked on Drudge with the headline "UNHARVESTED," as were two other news stories recapping the Obama Foodorama report. This story from Reuters was linked with the headline "...tomatoes are rotting," while this story from New York Post was linked with the headline "Squirrels go nuts for First Lady's garden in shutdown."
A note: Reuters inaccurately reported that the photographs I posted were "from cameras near the garden beds." I took the photos; I have taken thousands of photos of Mrs. Obama and her garden since 2009. Some of these are included in the First Lady's book American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. As is Obama Foodorama, which is listed as an "information resource" in the book's glossary.
Some of my September photos from the Kitchen Garden show the Obamas' frisky Portuguese Water Dog puppy Sunny taking a morning romp in the crop rows.
Before the shutdown, Tuesday is the day when Executive Chef Bill Yosses
would normally lead a group of federal workers in a volunteer weeding session to
help the White House's National Park Service gardeners. The furloughed Yosses and his group were of course no
shows this morning, as was the case last Tuesday, Day 8 of the shutdown.
Drudge first featured the stories on Monday night, and they remain on the page today.
The garden news is Mrs. Obama's second shutdown-related appearance on Drudge Report. The First Lady was above the banner on Day 7 of the shutdown, for a story about the Amber Alert website being disabled while the Let's Move! website remained active. Though LetsMove.gov is online during the shutdown, its is not being updated. (Above, a screenshot of Drudge on Tuesday. Click to enlarge)
*CLICK HERE for links to all posts about the Kitchen Garden.
*CLICK HERE for links to all shutdown posts.
*Photo by Eddie Gehman Kohan/Obama Foodorama