Yesterday, in a radio interview, Sarah Palin went on the offensive against Michelle Obama and her anti-childhood obesity campaign – Let’s Move.
In her own words, the former vice-presidential nominee said:
Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. And I know I’m going to be again criticized for bringing this up, but 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, and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track.
Given the current polarization of American politics, I am not surprised that Sarah Palin is trying to rally additional Tea Party support against the Obama administration and it’s policies.
What I am surprised by is how Ms. Palin is willing to put political gamemanship ahead of the health of America’s children.
Surprised because back in 2009, when Ms. Palin was Governor of Alaska, her policy on childhood obesity was as follows:
Alaska is experiencing an obesity epidemic that will have serious consequences for decades to come. Childhood obesity is a complex problem that needs to be addressed at the individual, community, state and national levels.
(skip ahead to 2:35 for the relevant portion of the interview)