Michelle Obama Fitness Plan Starves Kids for Hours

Lisa Putnam is a fifth grade teacher in the Chicago Public School system.  She and her students were very excited about participating in the Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move kickoff even in the Windy City.  The event was being held at the McCormick Place, billed as the largest convention center in all of North America.

Their day of fun and excitement turned out to be anything but fun and exciting.  The students spent over 7-8 hours without food for what turned out to be nothing more than a commercial for Michelle Obama who literally ignored the 6,000 kids brought in for the event.  When Obama took the podium, she never faced the kids.  Instead, she faced the cameras and media covering the event.

Putnam, a supporter of the First Lady was so appalled by what happened that she felt compelled to write about what happened.  This is what she wrote:

“If you are a parent, imagine that you take your child on a trip and they are very excited.  Now imagine they have to wait on a bus and stand in straight lines for three hours straight.  Then imagine after one hour of “fun” that they have to sit around and wait for three more hours that bus to pick them up.  Oh, did I mention that are not allowed to have a morsel of food the entire time?  Now, multiply that by 25 to 35.  Sounds fun right?!  That’s a little bit what the day was like for CPS students, parents and teachers at the Let’s Move! Campaign.”

“When offered the chance to participate in the Let’s Move! campaign, I thought it would be a lot of fun and jumped at the chance.  After all, my students have been working very hard to prepare for next week’s ISAT test and deserved a to let loose a little.  Had I known what this event entailed, I would have definitely taken a pass. “The day began with the buses picking us up from our school.  As we arrived at McCormick Place, we passed bus after bus after bus, full of students.  Our bus took its place at the end of that line, and we waited for over 45 minutes to reach our destination.  I thought the 90 total minutes in a school bus full of children would be the extent of my stress, but I was a bit naive at this point.”

“As we entered McCormick place we were ushered immediately to metal detectors and our bags were searched. We didn’t bring food or drink as was requested, so the security check went by flawlessly.  Then we waited in another line, this time for t-shirts.  When my 10 year old students received their XL men’s t-shirts, I did my best to tell them with a straight face that the shirts would shrink and the girls could maybe wear them as a dress.”

“We were moved to a location in a large concrete room with thousands of children.  We were told to keep our students in three straight quiet lines. The students stood there for almost an hour.  Then, the students were ushered into a giant room with a stage and told they had to be very quiet, that there was a “surprise in there for them.”  6,000 kids quiet?  Good luck guy.  As the students went into the room, they were all assigned to stand in different areas. The students framed the stage on three sides and the media was seated on the four side of the rectangular square. As the commercial, I mean event, began each athlete was introduced.  They all had a 1-2 minute motivational speech that was so cheesy that none of the athletes really seemed to connect with the students and the messages did not resonate.  It seemed like one giant Nike advertisement.  Finally, the first lady came out.  Although she was stunning and her message was powerful, her back was to the children.  She was facing the media.  I couldn’t help wondering, who is this event really for?  Then I realized my students were just a backdrop to this campaign/commercial.”

“Finally, the exercise program began.  I enjoyed watching Bo Jackson trying to keep up with the squat twists and Rahm Emanuel’s teeny tiny t-shirt.  My students were not enjoying it at all.  Not because they are not fit, because it was 1 pm (2 hours past their usual lunch time).  They were dropping like flies, most of my students were sitting on the ground by the time Jordin Sparks started singing.”

“Around 1:30 pm the concert was over, everyone was corralled back into the very large room we started in and went back to where we were originally waiting.  They began calling buses, starting with 1-10.  Imagine my thinking when I looked down at my wrist band and saw “bus 291.”   The next two and a half hours broke my heart as my students continually came up to me to tell me that they were hungry and ask why this was happening.  We teachers feel responsible for our students and there was nothing we could do but wait.  We were at the mercy of this poorly run event.  Some students entertained themselves by making their t-shirts into a ball and throwing them around, some laid down on the ground miserably.  My pregnant coworker was dehydrated and hadn’t eaten in 10 hours.  It was mentally and physically exhausting for every teacher, parent and student stuck at McCormick Place.  Many of the parent chaperones had to make various arrangements for their younger students that they could no longer pick up from school.  Many of our students are responsible for their younger siblings and our school had to make arrangements for these children.  Some of those parents had worked the night before, and had to go back to work when we returned.  The after school programs we teach were either cancelled or taken over by other teachers.”

“At 3:52 we finally departed from McCormick Place, exhausted, deflated, and hungry.  This event was clearly not about the children, because their needs were not put first.  Politics and big business before children; was this event an eerie foreshadowing of what is to come for education in Chicago?”

Obama wasn’t there for the sake of the kids, she was there to get publicity for herself and to say, ‘See what I’m doing to help solve obesity.’  In fact, if you compare photos of the Michelle Obama taken just prior to her moving into the White House with current ones, you will see that she has definitely added on a few inches and pounds.  Perhaps she needs to take action with her own weight issue before she tries to force action on others.

This is another prime example that neither of the Obamas care about the American people.  If you ever watch Michelle Obama’s facial expressions during many public events, she continually has a look of haughty disgust for all of the lowly peons around her.  Michelle’s actions were obviously so self-centered that it incensed a loyal supporter like Lisa Putnam.


  • http://www.facebook.com/suziq589 Susan Schneider

    Oh this woman is self serving as is her pathetic husband. She is only in this for personal gain.
    How sad for these children. God help her she will reap what she sows and soon.

  • disqus_5cfTMncr5F

    Just for the record I went to the CPS Chatter where LEAH Putnum's letter was originally published and it is word for word correct and a very good letter but you might want to correct her name in your article. Her name is Leah not Lisa.

  • jjinfl

    Absolutely agree with the description of your sad day. Sorry for you and your students, but you should have known that this incident just exemplifies the reality of the egotism of our political leader and wife. Ms. Obama is negative and usually has a bored or angry look on her face when she is not grinning for a photographer. Nannies or the grandmother are raising her teen girls while she is flying all over the place trying to make points and show what a real middle class housewife and mom she is. After this term is over, she may realize that she missed the important times in her girls' lives by choosing to make a speech and ignore 6000 school children she doesn't even know, or dancing around with a night t.v. show who's dressed in drag or thinking she's a Hollywood star rather than acting as a classy first lady.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.reid.3386 Kenneth Reid

    Why should anything either of these illegitimate, illegal, fraudulent White House residents do be a surprise to anyone? Every action they take, every word out of their mouths, is full of deceit and double talk. Ask either one of them to give you a straight, honest answer, and their answer will give you no answer at all. The answer to any question you ask them will contain two answers - both of which contradict each other.

    Michelle Obama is literally the First Whore of the United States. The President is the First Monkey of the United States. If a real monkey were the President, the monkey would be doing a much better job of running this great country. At least the monkey would not be spending billions of dollars per year to play golf at our expense, or taking million dollar vacations ever couple of weeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.thirstons Sandy Thirstons

    WoW, I guess your not excited anymore are you, serves you all right! Now you know how I have felt for the past 4+ years!!!! Suck it UP!!!!

  • pcsrocky

    This teacher, gung ho Obama supporter, has hopefully learned a valuable lesson. THE OBAMAS CARE ONLY ENOUGH ABOUT YOU TO USE YOU TO MAKE A PHOTO-OP LOOK GOOD!!! This is the only reason the President put children around him when pushing for gun control. Check with the woman from Hurricane Sandy that he hugged and promised to get help to the area right away. MONTHS later she was no better off than when he hugged and promised her help!!

    HOW MANY TIMES do the Obamas get to do this before people wake up and realize they care ONLY for themselves and their photo-ops and how many votes they can get from them!?!?!?

  • loyd

    movies stars that's all they are