In a Wednesday afternoon interview that informally marked the beginning of her second year in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama declared her intent in 2010 to lead the administration's efforts to tackle the epidemic of childhood obesity. Through advocacy and outreach to businesses, nonprofit organizations and government officials, she personally hopes to nurture a generation of healthier children.Howie P.S.: I'm still a big Michelle fan. One question: Why don't reporters write about clothes and hair when doing a story on Mr. Obama?
"I want to leave something behind that says because of the time that this person spent here, this thing has changed," she said. "I hope that will be in the area of childhood obesity."
And if she has to go to Capitol Hill, lobby lawmakers and delve into policy issues, she will do it. Whatever it takes, she said. Obama will begin her campaign by addressing the nation's mayors on the subject next week when the United States Conference of Mayors meets in Washington. They will not come to the White House; the first lady will go to them."My great-great-great-grandmother was actually a slave. We're still very connected to slavery in a way that's very powerful. . . . That's my grandfather's grandmother. That's not very far away. I could have known that woman."
We need to turn theories into practice and assumptions into understanding, she said. "We need to keep having conversations until we get it right."
Thursday, January 14, 2010
WaPo: "'We've gotten a lot done,' Michelle Obama says of year one as first lady"
Robin Givhan (WaPo):