Obama Pushes Salad On Overweight Staffer
The Obama administration once argued in court that Americans “do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.” That even applies to his staff:
In “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside Obama’s White House,” MSNBC analyst Richard Wolffe, a writer sympathetic to the president, reports the prosaic backroom details of the White House struggles from early this year, but occasionally stumbles upon an off-the-cuff revelation that’s much more interesting.
One staffer was conspicuously overweight. The president, in an incident that Wolffe believes proves how caring the man is, took it upon himself to present the aide with a salad for lunch — “then listened to him protest that he could take care of his own health. ‘I love you, man,’ Obama said. ‘I want you to look after yourself. Eat the salad.’ ”
I’m sure the staffer in question knows he’s fat. I’m sure he doesn’t need the leader of the free world pushing salad down his throat. In fact, I’m certain the staffer was rather mortified by the whole affair. Can you imagine your boss ordering you to eat a salad because he’s worried you’re too fat?
A private sector employer pulling a stunt like this with an employee would be risking a labor department complaint, at best, if not a lawsuit in our overly-litigious society. But the President? Well that’s different.
Maybe the President should stop worrying about other people’s health and worry about his own: