Michelle Obama hosted a "harvest party" in the White House's organic kitchen garden, June 17. With a troupe of local school children helping out, Mrs. Obama began picking summer crops produced by the world's most famous backyard veggie patch.
The kids attending the event were the very same ones who helped break ground for the garden back in March. After gathering lettuce and sugar snap peas, they accompanied the First Lady back to the White House kitchen. There, they prepared a healthful lunch incorporating some of their homegrown greens and berries.
Photos and a video clip of the harvest are posted online at the official White House Briefing Room blog.
You'll notice that Michelle was her usual casually chic self, donning colorful slacks and a coordinating fitted cardigan. Hardly genuine harvesting attire.
But, hey, why nitpick? It's all for a great cause. Her aim, said Mrs. Obama, was to help educate young Americans about the importance of healthy food choices, especially given soaring levels of obesity and related maladies, such as Type 2 diabetes.
According to White House staff, 90 pounds of produce have been grown to date. Of course, there was never any doubt that the Obama garden would be a success. With dozens of experts on board to advise, along with hired minions to do all the real grunt work, you'd be hard pressed to fail, right?
On the other hand, talk about pressure: When the whole world is watching, you better make darn sure to grow some really nice veggies -- lots
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