Monday, September 21, 2009

Grocery Shopping, Obama style: Your tax dollars, hard at work

From the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, reporting from D.C. on a narrowly averted culinary crisis at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last week:
Let's say you're preparing dinner and you realize with dismay that you don't have any certified organic Tuscan kale. What to do?

Here's how Michelle Obama handled this very predicament Thursday afternoon:

The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens. [emphasis added]

Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"

Cowbells were rung. Somebody put a lei of marigolds around Obama's neck. The first lady picked up a straw basket and headed for the "Farm at Sunnyside" tent, where she loaded up with organic Asian pears, cherry tomatoes, multicolored potatoes, free-range eggs and, yes, two bunches of Tuscan kale. She left the produce with an aide, who paid the cashier as Obama made her way back to the limousine.

There's nothing like the simple pleasures of a farm stand to return us to our agrarian roots. ...

Read the rest here for more juicy details. Like the price of organic dandelion greens. Aren't you glad you're paying the Secret Service to provide round-the-clock grocery shopping protection for His Royal Barryness and his family? I'll bet that was the most expensive "certified organic Tuscan kale" on the entire East Coast. Oh well, what do the Obamas care? You're paying for it.

[Via Mish]

No comments: