Get ready. I'm going to say something positive about World Famous Fashion Icon and Busy Mom Michelle Obama™.
I think it's fine that she's setting an example about healthy eating. I even like the idea of the White House vegetable garden. I wonder if the people who need this lesson most - the ones who put the Diet Pepsi in the baby bottles and think Cheetoes are a suitable meal anytime time of day - are hardly the ones who are going to be putting in a patch of herbs. Do I think she has any real knowledge about gardening , plants or maintenance of a garden? No.
actual White House arugula
World Famous Fashion Icon and Busy Mom Michelle Obama™ returned to the White House garden yesterday to put in some fruit and vegetable seedlings.
Ok now. I have a few quibbles.
- I question the timing! It was snowing last week in DC and the frost date is not yet past. The peas, ok but there's a good chance that the arugula could freeze. Think of the baby lettuces! Even without a frost, rosemary and peppers are not exactly what you put in first.
- "a seedling" is a very young plant.Some of the lettuce and herbs that were put in are ready for a light harvest.
- She's going to have blueberries by June? Which June? Certainly not this one. this is a clue that that she does not know her ass from a hole in the garden patch.
- Home grown food has nutrients. Great. So do Cheetoes.
- A Harvard educated lawyer using the phrase "real inexpensive"? Don't they have some king of grammar-related expectations at Harvard?
- $200? Those little slate signs cost more than $200.
- Does she not know that the crop she is planting , with the exception of the herbs, are annuals and will not produce for years and years but will have to be replanted each year?
I said they were quibbles and they are. Overall, I give her credit for this project but I think it would be much better if she limited her participation to being a figurehead. Just pose for the photos and keep that mouth shut.
Check out the Level 3 eye droop. This is the first time we've seen the bottom lid drooping as well as the upper. I'm convinced that when she's tired, the eye droop is worse. This is her eye on jet-lag.
The garden includes perennial herbs like mint, garlic chives, thyme, oregano, anise hyssop, sage, rosemary, majoram, chamomile, as well as annual herbs like parsLey, basil, Thai basil, cilantro, dill and fennel.
It will also grow various lettuces, spinach, onions, shallots, chard, snap peas, shell peas, carrots, black kale, rhubarb, arugula, tomatoes, tomatillos, sweet and hot peppers, beans, cucumbers, okra, and sweet potatoes, as well as blueberries and raspberries.
UPDATE: From Our Department of "Do As I Say Not As I Do": [Michelle Obama] cheered the kids for bringing good weather and then sent them (and the press) home with cookies.