Saturday, March 21, 2009

Obama's Go Galt, Abandon Supermarket, Will Live Off The Land

I'm a bit surprised the Flying Monkeys and Santelli-sign-totting Teabladders haven't been out in front for this, heralding that the First Couple is embracing their "Going Galt" malarkey.

The Obama's are eschewing the giant, chain supermarkets, not wanting to spend their arduously-produced money, maybe with an eye to keeping themselves in the lower tax bracket, and will be growing their own food.

No, what am I saying, there's likely a draft sitting in Michelle "Stalkin" Malkin's computer, calling this move another step to Socialism, or Communism, that President Obama will soon be dictating the elimination of pre-packaged food, with Malkin exhorting the Flying Monkeys to start up "Garden Parties" in protest.

Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden

Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.

While the organic garden will provide food for the first family’s meals and formal dinners, its most important role, Mrs. Obama said, will be to educate children about healthful, locally grown fruit and vegetables at a time when obesity and diabetes have become a national concern.


Whether there would be a White House garden had become more than a matter of landscaping. The question had taken on political and environmental symbolism, with the Obamas lobbied for months by advocates who believe that growing more food locally, and organically, can lead to more healthful eating and reduce reliance on huge industrial farms that use more oil for transportation and chemicals for fertilizer.


The Obamas will feed their love of Mexican food with cilantro, tomatillos and hot peppers. Lettuces will include red romaine, green oak leaf, butterhead, red leaf and galactic. There will be spinach, chard, collards and black kale. For desserts, there will be a patch of berries. And herbs will include some more unusual varieties, like anise hyssop and Thai basil. A White House carpenter, Charlie Brandts, who is a beekeeper, will tend two hives for honey.
Well, President Obama has touted, frequently, about doing things different in the nation's capital, and it sure looks like they, the Obama Family, is walking the talk.

The article does state that all the Obama's will be working it, even the President will be "pulling weeds", but, let's face it, I'm sure the grounds staff there at the White House will be pitching in, as well.

I suppose, somewhere, perhaps late-night cable, the shopping channels, the "Presidential" set of gardening tools will be popping up.

And, the headline writer (or perhaps, article author) gets a Dolt nod, for coming up with the all-too-cute, and all-too-obvious "Shovel-Ready Project: A White House Garden."

Also, let's not forget, and give a tip-of-the-gardening hat, to chef extraordinaire Alice Waters, for her victory, as she as been lobbying, for about 16-years, for just such a White House food garden.

Alice Waters renews call for White House organic garden on '60 Minutes' segment Sunday

The bestselling author has been pushing for the garden since at least 1993; she may see her wish come true with the current White House occupants, both of whom know a thing or two about healthful food. Then again, former President Clinton is a known Chez Panisse fan, and we saw no garden bloom at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. under his watch, other than a small one on the roof that Hillary Rodham Clinton helped set up (It also should be noted that Laura Bush, to her credit, advised the White House kitchen staff to buy organic produce whenever possible, even though no large garden grew under her watch, either).
(You can watch the entire Alice Waters '60 Minutes' interview HERE)

I suppose, if the garden does take off, we can, perhaps, see cattle, and other livestock, roaming, and grazing, the White House grounds.

They'll need some free-roaming, chemical-free meat to go with those home-grown vegetables.

Then, the Right Wing Freak Show can drop the "celebrity" bromides, and start calling for the impeachment of Obama, for dragging down the country by going Farmer Dell on us.

Bonus This Land Is Your Land Riffs

Christy Hardin Smith: Obama Family To Plant Organic Garden At White House

Rikyrah: Obamas to Plant White House Vegetable Garden

Ryan Tate: Obama Vegetable Garden Is Hippie Victory

D-Day: The White House Vegetable Garden

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