Huckabee Sides with Michelle Obama Over Sarah Palin
The battle against obesity makes for some strange bedfellows. The Daily Caller reports that in the food fight between Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama, possible presidential contender Mike Huckabee has taken Obama's side:
Speaking with New York radio host Curtis Sliwa, Gov. Mike Huckabee rejected Sarah Palin’s mocking of Michelle Obama’s childhood nutrition campaign.
Huckabee tells Sliwa that "Michelle Obama is not trying to tell people what to eat, or to force the government’s desires onto people...She’s stating the obvious: we have an obesity crisis in this country."
On her show "Sarah Palin's Alaska," Palin has taken aim at Obama's Let's Move program and Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, saying, "Where are the s'mores ingredients...This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."
Speaking on the Laura Ingraham show, Palin has also said:
Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat...
Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife's priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.
Palin's argument, very simply, is to keep government out of our lives.
Huckabee, however, at least acknowledges that we have an obesity crisis and wants to do something about it. He says, "health care costs are staggering, with 80% of health care costs going toward chronic disease, a lot of which is caused by obesity. So the first lady's campaign is on target."
Who do you think makes the stronger case--Huckabee or Palin?
I don't see the harm in some sort of non-legislative, cultural campaign--get MTV and facebook on board--that promotes healthy eating and exercise. Perhaps that's what Huckabee should be very specifically promoting.