It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
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.
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.
The first lady had encouraged Freshfarm Markets, the group that runs popular farmers markets in Dupont Circle and elsewhere, to set up near the White House, and she helped get the approvals to shut down Vermont Avenue during rush hour on Thursdays. But the result was quite the opposite of a quaint farmers market. Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons.
The District Department of Transportation warns motorists that Vermont Ave NW will be closed between H and I streets today until 8 p.m. for the new farmer's market. These closures will continue every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 29.
Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons.
come on... who grows every variety of everything in their gardens? we all still have to go shopping..
At least they were organic tomatoes.
Originally posted by wylekat
What happened to her fancy organic garden? Did it get plowed under?
Second line. The first made my point well enough.
But if it seems too good to be true, it probably is and recent news has revealed the garden of organic Eden is tainted with non-organic sludge.
According to the Daily Finance, the National Park Service tested the soil in the vegetable patch and found “highly elevated levels of lead” due to sewage used as fertilizer.
And just who is to blame for the contaminated fertilizer?
Democrats would like to blame a Republican conspiracy, but the perpetrators were none other than Bill and Hillary Clinton!
Originally posted by Jakes51
I find that outing to be a little overblown on the part of the First Lady.
First lady Michelle Obama, who keynoted the launch of a new farmers' market a block from the White House on Thursday, said at the ceremony the success of her White House garden has "been one of the greatest things that I've done in my life so far.''
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by Jakes51
I just wonder. Do you think she should stay behind closed doors and not go out? Turn down invitations that every First Lady in the past has accepted? Every time they go out anywhere, the Secret Service is involved.
This wasn't a "shopping trip". She was the keynote speaker at a local event. She picked up some stuff while she was there, after her speech.
I just want to know what people expect.... That she hide in the White House until the economy shapes up?
Originally posted by Jakes51
Not every social engagement, but learn to pick ones of substance that are of social importance, that's all.
Just look at the posh names of some the items being sold, one that strikes me is that Tuscan kale? Why not just kale, oh no, that is Tuscan kale, you serf!
I perceived this recent outing as distant from our reality at present and quite snobbish. Maybe she should be a little more discreet when purchasing high ticket items and appearing at posh events.