And today's secret woid is ELITE.
1) Prima Bama cranks the thermostat in the Oval Office. More here and here. Now we know how he survived all those chilly Chicago winters. High energy bills weren't a concern, nor was he worried about The Planet. He was cold, ok?
2) Prima Bama brings family's personal chef to the White House, and he happens to be U of C educated. I call that over the top. Sarah Palin would have sold him on eBay.
NYT: A spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, said Mr. Kass would not be the only cook preparing the family’s meals, but “he knows what they like, and he happens to have a particular interest in healthy food and local food.”Heaven forbid they are offered food they 'don't like,' prepared by the White House chef and her staff, who are worthy to cook for state dinners, but not, it appears, for the First Family.
Did I mention I can't stand this whole foodie thing?
Lisa Schiffren writes a fantastic post about this at the Corner. It's a must-read for Palinistas and all you other iceberg-lettuce-eating yokels out there.
I believed all that stuff about how Michelle was an overburdened modern working mother, rushing from school dropoff to her high-paying, demanding work at the hospital, to dress fittings, to whatever it was she needed to do to support her husband's political aspirations, back home to take care of her daughters. Call me naive, but that model usually includes making dinner. And squeezing in a weekly grocery shopping trip. Especially for those fresh, whole foods that don't keep so long. Now I have to wonder who did the laundry, and the vacuuming. Sure, granny helped—but I doubt she was the maid. Who was?Then there's Sarah Palin, who famously declined on the personal chef. She not only cooks her family's food, but hunts and fishes for it as well. She once again proves herself to be the anti-Obama, Michelle included.
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Didn't the women at Slate, among others, complain that there was something offensive about Sarah Palin's apparent ability to raise 5 children, run the state of Alaska, run marathons, and cook those mooseburgers—because it set the bar too high for ordinary women? But they were willing to believe that Michelle could do it all, and keep it all organic and healthy at that—because she has a law degree from Harvard?
Recipe from Sarah: Sweet and Saucy Salmon
Thank you, Pundit, for the links and title. H/T also to JP.