One of Progressivism‚Äôs hallmarks is its absolute certainty that the government knows more about parenting than parents do. That‚Äôs why Michelle Obama‚Äôs ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Move‚ÄĚ campaign, rather than seeming like a nice hobby for a First Lady, irks so many Americans: her motives are suspect. Rather than offering suggestions to parents, one can‚Äôt help but think that her goal is to have the government take control. The problem, as anyone who‚Äôs stood in line at the Passport and or a DMV office knows, is that, whenever the government takes charge, people have to wait . . . and wait . . . and wait. Small surprise, then, that the 6,000 children who attended one of Michelle‚Äôs ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Move‚ÄĚ functions had to go for hours without food.
This story about the government‚Äôs inability to give kid any food, let alone healthy food, broke when Lisa Putnam, a First Lady fan and 5th grade teacher in Chicago‚Äôs public school system, wrote about her classroom‚Äôs adventures attending a February 28 event marking the kick off of Michelle Obama‚Äôs ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs Move! Active Schools‚ÄĚ campaign. Putnam described the event in detail at CPS Chatter, a Chicago Public schools online forum. According to Putnam, the White House-coordinated event was a disaster from start to finish:
If you are a parent, imagine that you take your child on a trip and they are very excited. Now imagine they have to wait on a bus and stand in straight lines for three hours straight. Then imagine after one hour of ‚Äúfun‚ÄĚ that they have to sit around and wait for three more hours that bus to pick them up. Oh, did I mention that are not allowed to have a morsel of food the entire time? Now, multiply that by 25 to 35. Sounds fun right?! That‚Äôs a little bit what the day was like for CPS students, parents and teachers at the Let‚Äôs Move! Campaign.
The day began with the buses picking us up from our school. As we arrived at McCormick Place, we passed bus after bus after bus, full of students. Our bus took its place at the end of that line, and we waited for over 45 minutes to reach our destination. I thought the 90 total minutes in a school bus full of children would be the extent of my stress, but I was a bit naive at this point.
We were moved to a location in a large concrete room with thousands of children. We were told to keep our students in three straight quiet lines. The students stood there for almost an hour. Then, the students were ushered into a giant room with a stage and told they had to be very quiet, that there was a ‚Äúsurprise in there for them.‚ÄĚ 6,000 kids quiet? Good luck guy. As the students went into the room, they were all assigned to stand in different areas. The students framed the stage on three sides and the media was seated on the four side of the rectangular square. As the commercial, I mean event, began each athlete was introduced. They all had a 1-2 minute motivational speech that was so cheesy that none of the athletes really seemed to connect with the students and the messages did not resonate. It seemed like one giant Nike advertisement. Finally, the first lady came out. Although she was stunning and her message was powerful, her back was to the children. She was facing the media. I couldn‚Äôt help wondering, who is this event really for? Then I realized my students were just a backdrop to this campaign/commercial.