Is Michelle Obama a Secret Californian?
Sara Mead notices a conceptual flaw in Michelle Obama's upcoming Sesame Street appearance touting home gardens:
It’s a cute segment – I love the fact that Mrs. Obama is noticeably cracking up at several points. And I especially like the ways she talks about vegetables making you “big and strong,” suggesting that girls, as well as boys, should want to be big and strong. But I do have to question what Sesame Workshop, which produces Sesame Street, is thinking airing a garden-planting segment in November. Sure, I get it that Mrs. Obama is a big name and they wanted to put her in the first episode, but if the goal is to get kids interested in gardening and eating vegetables, wouldn’t it make more sense to air the segment in spring – you know, when people in the Northern Hemisphere actually plant gardens? I guess they can always air it again.
This would be understandable for a first lady from California. But Obama is a Chicagoan who just moved to D.C.!
Although it is pretty balmy in Kenya this time of year. Hmmm ...
October 1, 2009; 5:09 PM ET
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