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Scolding an Olympic athlete, Mrs. Obama? Really?

By Scott Tibbs, August 24, 2012

Olympic athletes are some of the healthiest, most well-trained, most well-disciplined people on the planet. They train their bodies for years to be the best they can be and compete against people from all over the world, so winning a gold medal is a major achievement. There are always great stories that come out of the Olympics, and one of the best this year was that of Gabby Douglas, a teenager who won a gold in gymnastics. In an interview with Jay Leno, Douglas explains that after her athletic accomplishment, she splurged on an Egg McMuffin.

For this she was scolded by First Lady Michelle Obama, who has made monitoring your diet her cause in this White House. See here and here for more on this story.

Some have suggested that Mrs. Obama was joking. She was not. The food police have been at it for many years now, going to the extreme of outright banning large soft drinks. There has been a lot of talk about how obesity impacts health care costs and how we should increase taxes on high-calorie foods in order to defray the costs to the government of providing health care. High-calorie food has been compared to smoking, which is a stupid comparison. Cigarette smoke itself is poisonous, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of the foods the nanny state ninnies want to tax or ban, provided they are consumed as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.

This is why Barack Obama must be defeated in November. We have a group of statists running the White House who believe they can run your life better than you can, because they legitimately believe they are smarter, wiser and more compassionate than you are. This is a small window into what these people really are, but is a tremendous opportunity for people to learn about big government statists and what they think of your ability to run your own life.

This is as instructive as Barack Obama suggesting that someone who is elderly should not have a surgery to prolong her life but instead should accept palliative care including pain relief. Oh, no, there are obviously no death panels in ObamaCare! Why would you say that, you racist!

Mrs. Obama's scolding of Douglas is absurd. Most people would do well to be as physically fit as an Olympic athlete. Douglas cannot treat herself despite her discipline, fitness and health? She must be an example all of the time, or at least not speak of eating at McDonald's lest she damage the First Lady's message? This is insane.

What Michelle Obama and her husband need to understand (but what they will not understand) is this: What someone chooses to eat is none of your business. The First Lady was way out of line in scolding an Olympic athlete for treating herself after years of hard work. The scolding demonstrated statists view the "common" people.