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September 16, 2009

HE'S COMING FOR OUR FOOD.... Back during the presidential campaign, Barack Obama noted, "We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK." The comment, made 16 months ago, was obviously about over-consumption and America's role in the world.

A year and a half later, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is worried. "President Obama said we can't eat as much food as we want and think the rest of the world will be okay about that, as if that matters to freedom-loving Americans," she told her colleagues from the House floor this week.

"Well, we just heard last week that the Federal Government now under the Obama administration is calling for a re-ordering of America's food supply. What is that going to mean? Now will the White House decide how many calories we consume or what types of food we consume?"

Yes, Michele, that's exactly what it means. In fact, ACORN will now be responsible for preparing all foods in all households. President Obama will appoint a "dinner czar" to make sure you don't skip your vegetables. If you do, a "death panel" will decide whether you qualify for dessert.

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The folks in her district get exactly what they deserve.

Posted by: Ron Byers on September 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps one of our republican friends could help me out here. Does someone have to be a drooling jackass to run for office as a republican ?

Posted by: rbe1 on September 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

But she's right -- I mean look, we Americans are all thin as twigs and starving to death! And obviously, this is Obama's fault.

Posted by: Nautilator on September 16, 2009 at 2:27 PM | PERMALINK

Dinner Tsars

Rep. Bachmann's remarks confirm it - today's right wing is led by those who still fear and hate Mommy.

Posted by: Zandru on September 16, 2009 at 2:28 PM | PERMALINK

Oh please oh please oh pretty please let Obama repeat this line on TeeVee this weekend.

Posted by: Chopin on September 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

NO SOUP FOR YOU! says the soup Nazi.

Posted by: Speed on September 16, 2009 at 2:30 PM | PERMALINK

The folks in her district get exactly what they deserve.

Nah, they get more than they deserve.

If they want to send this blithering idiot to Washington to drone on about how evil and bad the federal government is, we should start steering federal projects away from them. They can hold a fucking bake sale to fix I-94 for all I care.

Posted by: TR on September 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Laugh now, but when that good American steak is replaced by Kenyan halal goat you won't find it funny.

Posted by: Al on September 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

Obama wants to install a dinner czar in my kitchen? Who will prepare healthful food for us? And make sure my kids don't get dessert unless they eat vegetables first?

Where do I sign up?

Posted by: The Answer Is Green on September 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

They're gonna make me eat acorns? I don't even like acorns. Damn Islamobamanazis.

Posted by: Conservatroll on September 16, 2009 at 2:32 PM | PERMALINK

The wingers have turned the crazy up to 11. Luntz must have some darn good polling.

Posted by: Ron Byers on September 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps one of our republican friends could help me out here. Does someone have to be a drooling jackass to run for office as a republican ?

Not to run. But to get elected? Yes.

Posted by: Realist on September 16, 2009 at 2:36 PM | PERMALINK

Dijon mustard will be mandatory!! BWah hah hah hah!

Posted by: g on September 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Now will the White House decide how many calories we consume or what types of food we consume?

Michele Bachmann seriously needs to stop watching _Soylent Green_.

Posted by: FlipYrWhig on September 16, 2009 at 2:38 PM | PERMALINK

Miss Michelle....

He said he was going to get rid of the doughnut hole... not the doughnut.

Posted by: koreyel on September 16, 2009 at 2:40 PM | PERMALINK

Geez Steve, you win ms congeniality from the fine folks at the atlantic monthly and now all of a sudden yer goin' fer head snark shark...


you go, girl!!!11!1

(this bud's for you michele)

Posted by: neill on September 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

Good one Al

Posted by: John R on September 16, 2009 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

One of the most threatened creature of all, concerning food, is Candy 'one more biscuit' Crowley at CNN. The other day while pronouncing that the public option is dead, yes a media person making this declaration on behalf of the Corporation that owns this heifer, she made it while scarfing down yet another tremendous pile of food, gulping and trying to speak at the same time, then, finally, sniveling 'just one more biscuit' ...

Posted by: storsmkies on September 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

Way to misconstrue everything Obama said Michelle. You'd make a great translator if being a royal retard doesn't pay off.

Posted by: Mikey J on September 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM | PERMALINK

They can take our lives, but they'll never take...OUR FREEDOM FRIES!

Ketchup forever! Catsup NEVER!!!

Posted by: slappy magoo on September 16, 2009 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK
Obama wants to install a dinner czar in my kitchen? Who will prepare healthful food for us? And make sure my kids don't get dessert unless they eat vegetables first?

Where do I sign up?

The Answer Is Green

If they also do the dishes afterward, I'm on board!

And let me just say how much I've enjoyed Steve's snark lately. Good to see him lighten up every now and then.

Now if I could just do the same ...

:-)

Posted by: Mark D on September 16, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

I'm 99% sure that the GOPers in Congress and their gasbags in the media aren't stupid and/or crazy. They're just a bunch of corrupt, cynical power-hungry assholes. However, with Ms. Bachmann, well, I'm just as certain that she is the genuine exception. As David Puddy said of Elaine Benes, "Man, that chick is wacked".

Posted by: bikelib on September 16, 2009 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

I thought the whole point of Republican's beloved "consumer driven health care" was to make us take responsibility for our own health by losing weight. Doesn't that involve eating less food? Am I missing something?

Posted by: Art Hackett on September 16, 2009 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

Where does it end? Next we'll have a Toilet Czar to make sure we all have regular bowel movements!

Posted by: Conservatroll on September 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

A year and a half later, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is worried.

Is there any outer limit to the vastness of the universe of stupid Michele Bachmann exists in?

Posted by: electrolite on September 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

On the bright side, I'm very fond of ACORN squash.

Posted by: noncarborundum on September 16, 2009 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

"Soup Nazi" lol

Speed FTW!

Posted by: converse on September 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

I want to be Bitch Slap Czar, so I can give Michelle Bachmann some tough love.

Posted by: Patrick on September 16, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK
Laugh now, but when that good American steak is replaced by Kenyan halal goat you won't find it funny.

Putting up with a dinner czar can't be all bad if we get to eat more goat.

Posted by: noncarborundum on September 16, 2009 at 3:00 PM | PERMALINK

Aren't these the same people constantly whining about the nonexistent "obesity epidemic" and how we can't have universal health care because all of those fatty fat fats won't take care of themselves?

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

Al never has had cabrito, I assume.


Shorter Bachmann: I CAN HAZ NO CHEESEBURGER!

Posted by: TonyB on September 16, 2009 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

People who eat a lot cost the rest of us in various ways, from health expenses to greater cost for transport - of course "we" have a right to push back.

Posted by: Neil B ♪ on September 16, 2009 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Mmmmmm...Kenyan halal goat...

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on September 16, 2009 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

...the Obama administration is calling for a re-ordering of America's food supply.

I hate when the delivery guy doesn't show. I wonder what America ordered? If I had to guess, I would say it's Chinese. They seem to be supplying us will everything lately. I hope Obama didn't forget to ask for extra soy sauce packets!

Posted by: Gridlock on September 16, 2009 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

Well, we just heard last week that the Federal Government now under the Obama administration is calling for a re-ordering of America's food supply.

What is that about? Anybody know?

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on September 16, 2009 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah MatthewRMarler, I can tell you what it's about: Michelle Bachmann is completely batshit fuckin nuts.

Posted by: bikelib on September 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

What is that about? Anybody know?

Yeah, I know. It's about a certfied lunatic taking the House floor and wasting everyone's time. But don't worry, Matt, she's GOP, so it's all good with you.

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on September 16, 2009 at 3:10 PM | PERMALINK

It's Michele Bachmann's worst nightmare!.

Apparently the Obama admin is going to upgrade the safety of America's food supply! Horrors!

Posted by: Gridlock on September 16, 2009 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

I hope Obama didn't forget to ask for extra soy sauce packets!

And let's ope we don't get Ping as the delivery boy. Think about the healthcare costs!

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on September 16, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Stetson: That's why we need tort reform! (Love the Seinfeld references, BTW)

Posted by: bikelib on September 16, 2009 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

Mmmmmm...Kenyan halal goat...

I was thinking along more Caribbean lines -- jerked goat. There being no shortage of jerks, the choke-point must be the supply of goats.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on September 16, 2009 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."

but then in his inaugural address, when he no longer had to campaign, he said that Americans do not need to apologize for their lifestyle.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on September 16, 2009 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Please tell me the Democrats have someone good to run against this lunatic. Last time there was a milquetoast candidate who got an infusion of money at the last minute when she made her famed "un-American people in Congress" remarks, but she won anyway.

She needs to be shut away. The sooner the better.

Posted by: Molly Weasley on September 16, 2009 at 3:20 PM | PERMALINK

but then in his inaugural address, when he no longer had to campaign, he said that Americans do not need to apologize for their lifestyle.

Yep, and George Bush said he was a "compassionate conservative" and "the environmental president". How'd that go over?

Posted by: Stetson Kennedy on September 16, 2009 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Matthew: Michelle Bachmann is still fuckin nuts---and a sitting Congresswoman. Which I believe was the central thesis of this discussion.

Posted by: bikelib on September 16, 2009 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Stetson Kennedy: It's about a certfied lunatic taking the House floor and wasting everyone's time.

I thought that it was perhaps a federally run alternative to Weight Watchers, for people who can't afford WW or don't work for an employer who sponsors WW.

Posted by: MatthewRMarler on September 16, 2009 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

I just can't enjoy goat any more because I can't get that mental image of Mickey Kaus to go away.

Posted by: Realist on September 16, 2009 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

Aw... Bad Obama will take her banana split away...

Posted by: exlibra on September 16, 2009 at 3:25 PM | PERMALINK

Bachmann isn't the problem, it the millions of people who are so fucking stupid they believe this non-sense. If it wasn't her it would be another charlatan selling these people snake oil.

She is a product of her environment, not the other way around. Ditto for Beck. Crazy screaming lunatics usually end up homeless declaring they are the 'King of the Park', but sometimes they become cult leaders, or in Congress, and sometimes they get TV shows.

If the loons want to see a birth certificate, fine, but I want to see an IQ test. And would it be too much to ask that it be at least 100 ?

Posted by: ScottW on September 16, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

Ketchup forever! Catsup NEVER!!!

------

Arthur Spooner: Douglas, pass the catsup.

Doug Heffernan: You mean, the ketchup?

Arthur: Educated people call it catsup!

Posted by: Screamin' Demon on September 16, 2009 at 3:33 PM | PERMALINK

ScottW, I LOVE your idea! My political group has been discussing a test for Congress. You know, what does the Constitution REALLY say? Can you pass a comprehension test of an ENTIRE sentence? Do you know what the CODE OF CONDUCT really MEANS? But an IQ test...that's a thought!

Posted by: SYSPROG on September 16, 2009 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

Will somebody please slap that bitch already?! I volunteer!

Posted by: GTrollop on September 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

"President Obama said we can't eat as much food as we want and think the rest of the world will be okay about that, as if that matters to freedom-loving Americans,"

Remember when if you encountered a speech like that, it would be in a movie or TV show as a parody of what politicians say? It would come from a Senator Claghorn, or a Frank Burns. And the whole point of it would be that it was exaggerated (even if only a little) to the point of ridiculousness.

I miss those days!

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on September 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Michele Bachmann has got to go! Dr. Maureen Reed is running against her and she is the ticket to beating Bachmann's craziness! You can learn more about Maureen, and donate, at:
http://maureenreedforcongress.com/
and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Reed

Posted by: MNBlue on September 16, 2009 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

re: "She needs to be shut away. The sooner the better."
Now what would be the fun in that ?

Posted by: rbe1 on September 16, 2009 at 3:58 PM | PERMALINK

If laughter is good for the soul, then Bachmann is truly a gift from the gods.

Posted by: rbe1 on September 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Rep. Michele Bachmann's district is just to the north + west of Minneapolis, MN. I have a co-worker who's a Minneapolis native, + she says that the residents of Bachmann's district are as bat-shit crazy and conservative as she is. So, I suppose they have the representative that they deserve.

-Z

Posted by: Zorro on September 16, 2009 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

She needs to be shut away. The sooner the better.

Posted by: Molly Weasley on September 16, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Shut away, and then studied, probably in one of those "X-Files"-type labs constructed deep in the underground tunnels of some mountain range. They should compare her with whatever they found at Area 51, because her level of insanity is not of this world. The questions are: a.) which planet got smart and blasted her out into space and b.) what caused them to pick this planet for her to land on?

Posted by: electrolite on September 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

"... as if that matters to freedom loving Americans..."

That says it all. The Michelle Bachmans of the world hold the freedom to be ignorant, lazy and crazy (freedoms which obviously still exist) in higher regard than the freedoms to a fair, speedy trial, freedom of speech, freedom of association, etc.

The sad part is, I bet when she said that stupid stuff, her audience was nodding their heads in agreement. These are the same fools that put us in most of the predicaments we are in now, through their insistence that by definition, whatever we do is fine because we are American.

Posted by: jn on September 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM | PERMALINK

Bachman: "Hi, I'm not really a retard, but I play one in the U.S. Congress..."

Posted by: rusrsu on September 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM | PERMALINK

The word of the day is: context.

You see if she were on a street corner, or a college green, standing on a soap box, shouting insanity like this, it would be funny. She'd be some wacko that people could line up, listen to, and maybe even heckle to see if they could get her to foam at the mouth.

But she's in Congress. She has the power to shape policy and law, and her bat-shittery can actually hurt millions of people, just so she gets to stay in Congress (and maybe gets some more face time on cable news). And that makes all the difference. She's being a kook, for her own profit, and people are dying, because they can't get health car, they're choking to death in smog and pollution, and their livelihoods are being destroyed by the intense storms brought about due to climate change. And let's not forget people dying in the latest oil war. And that just makes her shit not funny any more. So the difference between comedy and tragedy is...context.

Posted by: Sisyphus on September 16, 2009 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

As someone actually on the islamic-nazi-godless-commie planning committee, let me confirm that it will be far more than she fears. Not only will we make her eat broccoli, we have a secret weapon for making her like it! At the risk of letting the cat out of the bag, it involves stop signs, hidden messages, black helicopters, and (for the truly recalcitrant) anal probes. We've been working on it since the GHWB presidency, and it's finally ready. Let me just note that consumption of vegetables in Afghanistan has more than tripled in the last four years!!! I can hardly wait for the fun to begin. But whatever you do, don't tip her off.
/snark

Posted by: N.Wells on September 16, 2009 at 5:12 PM | PERMALINK

If Michele Bachmann wants to eat hamburger with e. coli in it, I say we let her. Sometimes you've gotta let the kid touch the hot stove before he'll believe you that it's gonna hurt.

Posted by: Mnemosyne on September 16, 2009 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

Question would the correct diet help this dumb ass

smarten up a bit? Fish oil?

Posted by: robert on September 16, 2009 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Do you suppose that Michele Bachmann is just an act, and off camera and out of earshot of the public, she breaks role and it's suddenly like the outtakes of an old Peter Seller movie.

No one could really believe that crap, right?

Posted by: anomaly on September 16, 2009 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

Never forget that Bachmann is just the second banana in this ongoing farce. The star idiots are her constituents.

Is her district in Minnesota located on abandoned lead mines? Did the Manhattan Project once use the area to discard its toxic wastes? There has to be a logical explanation that explains why they've chosen that woman to represent them. There has to be.

Posted by: JW on September 16, 2009 at 8:37 PM | PERMALINK

Michele Bachmann: Obama wants us to make us eat less. What? he wants to make our food safer? Never mind.

Bachmann gives Rosanne Rosannadanna a run for her money.

Posted by: wbn on September 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM | PERMALINK

"Cake or death?!

Uh, cake please."

Posted by: bbbar on September 17, 2009 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

This was a test. We now know that the MSM is owned by Rethug money and will repeat any nonsense a CC will spit out just to take a bunch of fat and stupid americans off message.

Posted by: SteveA on September 17, 2009 at 7:18 AM | PERMALINK

It's no secret that American's have an obesity problem, maybe we should eat less than we do. Buying healthy foods are actually better for you and cheaper if they aren't over-processed. Americans are greedy and self-centered. We take so much more than we should. For everything we take there is someone losing something from it.

Posted by: danielle on October 5, 2009 at 11:22 PM | PERMALINK

There are many commenters here who have a less-than-positive (to put it diplomatically) opinion of Michelle Bachmann. We should all put our money where our mouths are and send some support Terryl Clark's way. She will be running against Bachmann in 2010.

http://www.tarrylclark.com/

Posted by: Chris on October 7, 2009 at 12:37 AM | PERMALINK
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