Everybody was Fug-Lee fighting…
Not since Barack Obama’s leaked footage of his Pee Wee Herman-esque struggles with 5-pound hand weights at a Warsaw, Poland hotel gym has a video featuring a member of the Obama family caused such a stir in the media. As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal and also the taxpayer-funded LetsMove.gov official government website, both on May 20, 2015, Michelle Obama’s Twitter fueled workout video picks up where her attempt at hashtag diplomacy left off.
Slightly over a year since the FLOTUS’s (First Lady of the United States) much ballyhooed #BringBackOurGirls social media effort against the Islamic jihadist Boko Haram terrorists flopped, Mrs. Obama has released a work-out video that’s adopted the Twitter tag of #GimmeFive. Challenging all of the nation’s citizens regardless of age to take the “#GimmeFive Challenge,” in which participants would be actively fighting obesity by tackling five various suggestions provided by the government.
According to Kelly Miterko, the Deputy Associate Director of the Let’s Move! program, examples of five various tasks could range from eating five different fruits and vegetables to doing a mere five pushups or lunges to sharing five healthy recipes. However, the Let’s Move! program also has been associated with the number 5 in ways they’d probably like to forget.
As noted by The Washington Examiner in early 2013, Michelle Obama cited the third anniversary of her signature program by taking a three day, four city tour. Citing the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch, reporter Paul Bedard brought to light that the rather short jaunt by the FLOTUS and her entourage would run the American workers a minimum of $50,000.
While many consider the $50,000 spent to be figurative chump change in the grand scheme of things, Alec Torres of the right-leaning National Review noted in early 2014 that The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) had dropped a veritable king’s ransom while barely putting a dent in the nation-wide problem of childhood obesity. As reported, the HHFKA “included $4.5 billion in funding for the implementation of nutrition standards in schools while giving the USDA broad-ranging authority to set those standards. The USDA then imposed across-the-board micro-regulations on any school that wanted in on federal funding, including a ban on whole milk and white bread, mandatory vegetable and fruit servings, and even specific maximum calorie counts per meal determined by grade level.”
Citing numerous sources, Torres reported that childhood obesity rates were already starting to decline well before the Obamas even moved into the White House. As reported, “Childhood obesity rates began declining among low-income children in 2008, two years before the first lady announced her initiative in early February 2010. The actual implementation of Let’s Move came ten months later, when the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was passed in December 2010. Obesity rates were well on their current trajectory before Let’s Move had any influence.”