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Michelle Obama: Walmart Fulfilling Its ‘Moral Obligations’ by Selling Healthy Foods
CNSNews.com ^ | March 1, 2013 | Fred Lucas

Posted on 03/02/2013 5:11:07 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Michelle Obama is praising what has often been one of the left’s biggest targets, Walmart, for helping to fight obesity and “food deserts” in the United States.

“At Walmart, you can believe that as America’s largest retailer, you have an obligation that goes far beyond the bottom line,” Obama said Thursday at a Walmart in Springfield, Mo.

“You know that every day, with the products you sell, you’re helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. You’re helping kids get the nutrition they need to learn and grow and fulfill their God-given potential and those aren’t just business opportunities. They’re moral obligations -- truly. They’re responsibilities to the health of our families and the future of our next generation.”

Mrs. Obama has made fighting obesity, particularly childhood obesity, her top cause as first lady. She talked about how Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has stepped up to offer healthier options, and she insisted that other retailers must do the same thing.

“In the coming months and years, we need more American businesses to step up and meet those responsibilities,” the first lady said. “We need more companies to do what Walmart has done -- to dig deep and to find new ways to make money by giving families better information and healthier choices.”

Many liberal organizations such as labor unions and President Barack Obama’s base, have long criticized Walmart for its non-union stores. A top donor to Obama’s campaigns, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) supported a nationwide protest against Walmart last November.

But on Thursday, Mrs. Obama was full of praise for Walmart:

“You have opened 86 new stores -- one of the most important calls, most important work to eliminating food deserts, because you’ve opened these stores, including this one, in underserved communities,” she said.

“And now you’ve launched your ‘Great for You’ seal that I got to see firsthand that helps customers immediately spot healthy items on the shelf -- so they don’t have to spend hours poring over those fine-print labels that you can barely understand to figure out which foods are healthy and which ones aren’t.”

Walmart’s “Great for You” seal is a front-of-package icon that will appear on more than 1,300 Great Value and Marketside food and beverages sold in Walmart’s U.S. stores.

Walmart also has committed itself to improve the nutritional quality of Walmart’s Great Value brand and national food brands by reducing sodium by 25 percent, added sugars by 10 percent and removing all industrially produced trans fats by the end of 2015.

It has promised to increase Americans’ access to fresh, healthier and affordable food by opening between 275 and 300 new stores in urban and rural food deserts by the end of 2016.

And the retailer plans to help Americans better understand nutrition and healthier eating options by increasing its charitable support for nutrition programs.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: children; fooddeserts; greatforyouseal; greatvalue; health; letsmove; michelleobama; moochelle; nannystate; nutrition; obesity; salt; sodium; sugar; transfats; walmart
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1 posted on 03/02/2013 5:11:17 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah. Like when it’s your $300k/year job at the University to convince poor people to go to a county hospital because they had no insurance.

That kind of “moral?” You. Bit.........$&@


2 posted on 03/02/2013 5:14:38 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Congo butt Moocher is chastising Walmart that she herself obviously indulges in consuming her share of at food.


3 posted on 03/02/2013 5:15:00 PM PST by Neoliberalnot (Marxism works well only with the uneducated and the unarmed.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A common sense set of moral obligations would have the First Wookie STFU, shop at Walmart and stay in her gov’t funded housing waiting for her EBT to be recharged at the first of the month.


4 posted on 03/02/2013 5:15:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"You know that every day, with the products you sell, you’re helping parents get by on a budget..."

A budget...something Moochelle knows nothing about. And no, Michelle, I'm not taking back the box of Whoppers or Cadbury Creme Eggs I bought at Walmart's yesterday.

5 posted on 03/02/2013 5:20:15 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Wal-Mart gave the 0bamugabe campaign a million dollars.

It is my moral duty to never darken their door again.

6 posted on 03/02/2013 5:21:30 PM PST by TigersEye (The irresponsible should not be leading the responsible.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This con artist is telling people about WHO has a moral obligation to the country?

She is filthy.


7 posted on 03/02/2013 5:21:37 PM PST by Truth2012
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

OK, Walmart will stock it but will the people buy it?


8 posted on 03/02/2013 5:22:09 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nice of Michelle to impose her moral code on others - who said the age of judgmentalism is dead???.....


9 posted on 03/02/2013 5:22:53 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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10 posted on 03/02/2013 5:24:11 PM PST by deport
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t shop at Wallmart so won’t have to eat or drink that crap!


11 posted on 03/02/2013 5:24:43 PM PST by dalereed
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Listening to Moochelle talking about somebody else’ “moral obligation” is vomit-inducing.


12 posted on 03/02/2013 5:24:51 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: Paladin2
Great for You’ seal that I got to see firsthand that helps customers immediately spot healthy items on the shelf -- so they don’t have to spend hours poring over those fine-print labels that you can barely understand to figure out which foods are healthy and which ones aren’t.” My gosh how did I ever manage to raise a family without this woman telling me what to eat...I am surprised we survived...
13 posted on 03/02/2013 5:26:09 PM PST by JoanneSD
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

someone needs to muzzle the first wookie. seriously. wtf business is it of hers? NO BUSINESS.


14 posted on 03/02/2013 5:30:24 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When is this witch going to stop lecturing us?

She’s as bad as Nurse Bloomberg.


15 posted on 03/02/2013 5:32:05 PM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: JoanneSD
And now the Mayor of NYC is advising on weight loss.

Mayor Bloomberg says to lose weight you have to eat less


16 posted on 03/02/2013 5:33:20 PM PST by deport
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I have a hunch momma Obama is gearing up to run for president in 2016 (they are enjoying the perks of the WH too much to leave).
Of course she will have to beat Hillary and as such is attempting to befriend Hillary’s power base, Walmart.


17 posted on 03/02/2013 5:34:02 PM PST by Kenny500c
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Michelle Obama does not define morality.

Also, didn’t Michelle Obama shove the poor off onto other hospitals in her “job” in Chicago? How moral is that behavior?


18 posted on 03/02/2013 5:37:23 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I like when she said that she thought “liquor stores should stock MORE fruits and vegetables”. WHAT!!!!!

I have not been in a large number of liquor stores but I don’t recall seeing ANY fruits and vegetables in ANY of them!


19 posted on 03/02/2013 5:39:33 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Silly me. As a store, I thought their “moral obligations” began and ended with stocking stuff their customers wanted. These statist assholes really piss me off when they can’t shake the idea of behavior modification going bass ackwards! As customers/citizens it is WE who should be modifying THEIR behavior as stores and as governments, not the other way around.


20 posted on 03/02/2013 5:40:50 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A) Who elected or appointed this woman to any political office? (B) Who is she to determine where a company places a store of any kind? (C) When did we become a monarchy?


21 posted on 03/02/2013 5:42:15 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: Ditter

Maybe limes and green olives but that’s about it.


22 posted on 03/02/2013 5:42:59 PM PST by 4yearlurker (I hate February.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Walmart has been doing a fine job providing inexpensive healthy food to people without government help.
Enough so the government now feels a need to commandeer that success.
She needs to butt out.


23 posted on 03/02/2013 5:49:07 PM PST by ctdonath2 (3% of the population perpetrates >50% of homicides...but gun control advocates blame metal boxes.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Dang, that ski vacation must have done her some good, already out lecturing folk and running her mouth full speed again.
Ain't missed a stride with all that sequestering stuff a-going on.
24 posted on 03/02/2013 5:49:26 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What a crock....Our Walmart sells same old food that they’ve been selling for years. There is no healthy section.


25 posted on 03/02/2013 5:51:04 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“You know that every day, with the products you sell, you’re helping parents get by on a budget -- which is what everybody in this country is trying to do. You’re helping kids get the nutrition they need to learn and grow and fulfill their God-given state-mandated potential and those aren’t just business opportunities.

Everybody? Certainly not the Obamas and friends. The White Hut grifters must not consider themselves in America or even remotely associated with America. But we knew that. Budgets are for little people. It's the Obamas who need to be sequestered.

26 posted on 03/02/2013 5:51:46 PM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The left has protected liberal stores by forbidding Walmart from entering their major cities.

Tens of millions of Americas are denied the right to shop at a Walmart grocery store.


27 posted on 03/02/2013 5:52:05 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


28 posted on 03/02/2013 5:53:14 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Nanny State PING!


29 posted on 03/02/2013 5:53:55 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The Obama’s support homosexual sex, homosexual marriage, killing babies, killing babies that didn’t die during the killing process... and on and on.

“Moral Obligations” is not something that cow should even be talking about.


30 posted on 03/02/2013 5:53:55 PM PST by Gator113 ( REGISTER THE DAMN LIBERALS and leave my guns alone!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Mrs. Obama has made fighting obesity, particularly childhood obesity, her top cause as first lady.”

LOL!

Increasing enrollment in EBT to buy more junk food.
She’s the junk food queen LOL!


31 posted on 03/02/2013 5:54:56 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: badgerlandjim; ProfoundMan; swarthyguy; John Semmens; beltfed308; mowowie; Clam Digger; ...

Nanny State PING!


32 posted on 03/02/2013 5:55:45 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

What the hell is she doing at a Springfield Missourri Walmart and how much did this trip cost me?

Has she no idea how much we are spending to send her around the country? Thank God we aren’t paying by the pound, he ass alone would break the bank.

By the way Walmart sells the same stuff every other store does including candy and snack foods.


33 posted on 03/02/2013 5:56:32 PM PST by Venturer
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To: TigersEye
Wal-Mart gave the 0bamugabe campaign a million dollars. It is my moral duty to never darken their door again.

Walmart was IMHO one of the first to request a waiver of Obamacare. There's a reason for those "people of Walmart" emails.

Not a surprise: SEIU & Walmart unite behind Obamacare

Snip: June 30, 2009 Wal-Mart announced today that it was backing Obama’s government health care plan. The discount retail giant was joined by the Service Employees International Union and the left-wing Center for American Progress.

Walmart dials back health care benefits for scores of workers

34 posted on 03/02/2013 5:57:38 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

did Walmart stop selling ice cream, soda, chips, candy, pizza, beer and many other products? i generally do not shop at Walmart only as the last resort. Lets face it the nearest Walmart is 62 miles away. Locally, there are approximately 3 grocery stores within 15 miles. If I plan ahead i drive 62 miles go to Aldis and keep within a budget I can purchase more there than the 3 local grocery stores. I also stop at Menards, Shopko, and Home depot, see plan ahead. Aldis even sells the lactose free milk (lasts 30 days in refrigerator). I can never find any gluten free items at Walmart.


35 posted on 03/02/2013 6:00:39 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: dalereed

Likewise.
I drive 20 miles further, once a month just to avoid the attitude, general dumbassedness, and “never have what I want” anyway, that seems to prevail at the nearest Wal-mart superstore.
Not worth ruining MY attitude for the day.


36 posted on 03/02/2013 6:04:03 PM PST by bog trotter
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To: Ditter
"I have not been in a large number of liquor stores but I don’t recall seeing ANY fruits and vegetables in ANY of them!"

A man walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the guy started to leave. "Excuse me", said a customer, who was puzzled over what the guy had done. "What was that all about?" "Nothing", said the guy, "My wife just sent me out for a jar of olives."

37 posted on 03/02/2013 6:04:21 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Mrs. Obama has made fighting obesity, particularly childhood obesity, her top cause as first lady. She talked about how Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, has stepped up to offer healthier options, and she insisted that other retailers must do the same thing.

She should take her own advice and fight obesity at home.
A woman with a backside the size of a Mac truck has no business lecturing anyone on how and what to eat.


38 posted on 03/02/2013 6:06:07 PM PST by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If this two faced bytch was serious she’d make them change food stamps so that only “healthy foods” can be bought.

walmart is sucking up to them because they make millions on food stamp transactions.


39 posted on 03/02/2013 6:11:34 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: hondact200
I don't look for gluten free products but Walmart claims to have them.

Gluten Free

40 posted on 03/02/2013 6:13:53 PM PST by deport
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ms. Michelle ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ 0bama won’t even let us eat cake!


41 posted on 03/02/2013 6:20:43 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Fracking Communist. They believe all people are stupid animals like them who need “leaders” to guide them, and treat them like children.


42 posted on 03/02/2013 6:27:44 PM PST by Clock King
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One question...

Why are there only 3 Walmarts in Moochies home city of 3,000,000?


43 posted on 03/02/2013 6:34:16 PM PST by digger48
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yeah, like Moose Bangs knows what it’s like to shop at Walmart.


44 posted on 03/02/2013 6:36:44 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: ansel12

Places for Walmart near Chicago, IL

Walmart Supercenter

4650 W North Ave
Chicago
(773) 252-7465

Walmart Neighborhood Market

570 W Monroe St #2
Chicago
(312) 470-1460

7050 S Cicero Ave
Bedford Park
(708) 496-0230

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in a city of 3 million, only 3 stores


45 posted on 03/02/2013 6:37:45 PM PST by digger48
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To: ansel12

Places for Walmart near Chicago, IL

Walmart Supercenter

4650 W North Ave
Chicago
(773) 252-7465

Walmart Neighborhood Market

570 W Monroe St #2
Chicago
(312) 470-1460

7050 S Cicero Ave
Bedford Park
(708) 496-0230

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in a city of 3 million, only 3 stores


46 posted on 03/02/2013 6:38:16 PM PST by digger48
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To: Lera
A woman with a backside the size of a Mac truck has no business lecturing anyone on how and what to eat.

http://withabuttlikeabuick.com/

47 posted on 03/02/2013 6:42:31 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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To: digger48

When I looked into it 2 or 3 years ago, Los Angeles, New York city, San Diego, and many other cities, forbade Walmart supercenters.

The first time that I ran into a Walmart with vegetables was in New Mexico.


48 posted on 03/02/2013 6:44:53 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is a longtime supporter of homosexualizing the Boy Scouts (and the military).)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I just had some tacos made with Walmart ground beef, and I fart in her general direction!


49 posted on 03/02/2013 6:45:27 PM PST by bigbob
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To: hondact200

I just shop Weis and Food Lion where I live. There is a local Wal-Mart (not as big as the average outlet). I might check out produce prices there, if that store actually sells some.


50 posted on 03/02/2013 6:46:16 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drag Me From Hell!)
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