Michelle Obama: Obesity a national security threat

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GLENN: Speaking of Michelle Obama, Michelle Obama came down from the second
story where she was eating pea soup for lunch and she came down and she wants
to, I don’t know, put carrots in front of us. She’s — she gave a statement
about how we cannot leave it up to the parents because childhood obesity isn’t
just a public health threat, it’s not an economic threat. It’s a national
security threat as well. (Sniffing).

PAT: Uh-huh.

GLENN: Here she is.

MICHELLE OBAMA: Let’s be clear. These folks don’t just support this bill as
leaders and as professionals but as parents as well. And we know that ensuring
that kids eat right and stay active is ultimately the responsibility of parents
more than anyone else. And everywhere I go, fortunately I meet parents who are
working very hard to make sure that their kids are healthy, they are doing
things like cutting down on desserts and trying to increase fruits and
vegetables. They are trying to switch their kids to kind of healthy habits that
will stay with them for a lifetime.

PAT: Making progress, mmm-hmmm.

MICHELLE OBAMA: But when our kids spend so much of their time each day in school
and when many kids get up to half their daily calories from school meals.

GLENN: Oh, my.

MICHELLE OBAMA: It’s clear that we as a nation have a responsibility to meet as
well.

GLENN: We do.

MICHELLE OBAMA: We can’t just leave it up to the parents.

Michelle Obama: Child Obesity a ‘National Security Threat’

GLENN: We can’t just leave it up to the parents.

PAT: We can’t just leave it up to the parents. You know, I love that. She’s done
that several times now. Yes, it’s the parents’ responsibility. I’m sorry, we
have to do this anyway. Yes, it’s the parents’ responsibility, but we can’t
leave it up to the parents.

STU: We know the government, when we try to do stuff through the government, it
doesn’t work.

PAT: It doesn’t work. There’s no evidence that it works. And yet we’re doing it
anyway.

STU: We’re doing it anyway.

PAT: I — what? And she’s — how many times has she done this? We’ve got several
of those sound bites.

GLENN: Why do you hate children? Why do you hate children so much?

PAT: I think because I have six of them and they irritate me in my own home.

GLENN: Really?

PAT: Yeah, it’s spread out by –

GLENN: See, we cannot leave Pat.

STU: No.

GLENN: Can he want leave the parenting of Pat’s children up to Pat.

PAT: No, you can’t.

GLENN: It’s not going to end well.

PAT: No.

STU: He will probably serve his kids Christmas cookies.

PAT: Look at how fat my kids are. Look at the obesity.

GLENN: Okay, they’re not fat. You are but they’re not.

PAT: Right, exactly.

GLENN: Because you know why? Because you — the only thing left in the
refrigerator after you’re done are the carrots.

PAT: The crumb. The crumb that’s even too small for a mouse.

GLENN: Here, have a carrot, kid.