White House Angry Political Ads Reference First Daughters

Campaign pushes for healthier food for public school students

By Matthew Stabley
|  Wednesday, Aug 12, 2009  |  Updated 11:21 AM CDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Michelle Obama: First Lady in Action

Physicians Committee for Respons

As Congress prepares to take up the Child Nutrition Act, an 8-year-old girl points out that the president's daughters get healthy school lunch options but she doesn't.

advertisement
Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

An ad campaign using the first daughters' private school lunches to make a point about children's nutrition has upset the White House.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is pushing Congress to give public school students healthier food options like the a vegetarian option offered at Sasha and Malia's Sidwell Friends School. The posters at D.C.'s Union Station show a young girl with the text, "President Obama's daughters get healthy school lunches. Why don't I?"

The Obama girls' names and faces don't appear on the poster, but White House officials want them out of the debate altogether, and they want the posters pulled down, saying they violate the privacy rights of the first daughters.

"I think the president absolutely has to protect his children and that's why you don't see the children's names or pictures at all on here," said Dr. Neal Barnard. "What we're comparing are the schools. The school that the first family has chosen provides healthful meals. The public schools aren't in the position to do that."

Congress is on the verge of reauthorizing the Child Nutrition Act.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get NBCDFW on Mobile!
Get NBCDFW's free news and weather... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out