A lot has been made of Michelle Obama's organic vegetable garden at the White House. Big-eyed, righteous foodies are all a-twitter about how the Obamas will usher in a new era of enlightened eating, eager to use the first family as a springboard for fantastic, hazily-formed food ethics.
So when I read Amanda Hesser's Op-Ed this morning in the NYT, passively cajoling our First Lady to get back in the kitchen, I wasn't overly surprised. But I was most certainly irritated.
I do agree with the Hesser's basic message; people SHOULD be cooking more--particularly parents--to instill healthier eating habits, manners, family values and culture into themselves and their children. Absolutely!
But, take a BIG step back...did a cooking blogger, a mega-liberal food columnist from the NYT, just tell our First Lady that she should pretend that she cooks, for the good of our children???
FOR PHUCK'S SAKE.
Do people WANT to be lied to? How in the HELL can a First Lady (and before that, the wife of a prominent politician) be expected to be a domestic goddess?
On the campaign trail, when Cindy McCain was asked what her favorite recipes were, her asinine interns forged "McCain Family Recipes" right off the Food Network website. Ya know why? Because beer heiresses don't FN cook.
Apparently, that's not what liberals OR conservatives want to hear.
I'd much rather hear that Michelle just doesn't have the inclination to cook than be spoon-fed some nonsense about how someone with a 12-hour day MAGICALLY produces a gourmet meal for her two kids and her husband, the President of the United States.
Hesser presents an unrealistic, misguided standard to hold mid-recession American families to. More than ever, parents are working long hours to put food on the table at all--many of them single parents. Will you judge them for using packaged greens, and jarred sauces? Shouldn't you be glad that a meal is being prepared at all, and eaten in concert?