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!”
Look – it’s known that I’ve long been a fan of leafy greens and especially of buying local. We buy local for holidays and birthdays and last Christmas I gave as gifts items I knitted from locally-purchased, locally grown (cotton) and sheared (alpaca) yarn. Of course, I also appreciate people responsibly spending money anywhere on anything period because God bless America and capitalism.
But this? Seems completely over the top to me. Yes, I know it’s the First Lady, and yes, security, but using a ridiculous amount of energy and resources used while also advocating green jobs and lower resource consumption for the rest of us – whose husband advocated the bankruptcy of the coal industry (which probably powers the majority of the electrical appliances in the White House) – is completely hypocritical and it highlights the discrepancy between the limousine liberals and those with whom they claim to empathize.