Sarah Palin took another swipe at Michelle Obama, during last night's episode of her TLC reality show.
Mrs. Palin seems less than impressed with the First Lady's anti-obesity campaign for children. During a camping scene on "Sarah Palin's Alaska" the former Alaska governor and VP candidate was looking for the ingredients to make S'mores.
She took the opportunity to turn it into a teaching moment about freedom of choice. "This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."
Mrs. Obama is an advocate for children's health and rolled out the "Let's Move" campaign earlier this year. In addition to recommending daily physical exercise the program suggests that kids be introduced to alternatives to sugary and high fat sweet treats, even passing them up on a regular basis.
Palin announced that Obama's program and the recently passed Healthy and Hunger-Free Act of 2010 interfere with our "God-given rights to make our own decisions.
Instead of a government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities, just leave us alone, get off our back."
While Tea Partiers are squarely in the corner of less government interference in the lives of U.S. citizens and more federal legislation in this area might seem a bit much, Palin's public disdain for Obama could have prompted her proclamation more than her lack of concern for child obesity.
No one can argue with the alarming statistics, most recently reported in the Associated Press that one in three American children is overweight or obese, with the numbers alarmingly higher for African American and Hispanic kids.
Sarah Palin's role as a reality television personality gives her a perfect platform to say headline-worthy things, which certainly pleases TLC. Her status as a Tea Party icon helps keep the focus on freedom from unwelcome government interference.
However, Mrs. Obama's decision to make child obesity a strong plank in her First Lady platform is just as unremarkable. The two women will undoubtedly continue to clash in pubic, as they have for some time. In private, as mothers of growing children, their opinions might be closer than we'd all expect.