signed, sealed, delivered

President Obama: “Had I not been able to get this passed, I would be sleeping on the couch.”

President Barack Obama signs into law the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Washington on December 13

In signing a new law today to improve the quality of school lunches, President Obama paid joking tribute to its most prominent supporter: first lady Michelle Obama.

“Had I not been able to get this bill passed, I would be sleeping on the couch,” the president said.

Mrs. Obama, whose major issues include fighting childhood obesity, laughed and said, “let’s just say it got done, so we don’t have to go down that road.”

The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a $4.5 billion measure, provides more free school meals to the pool, and gives the government more power to decide what foods can offered in those meals, as well as in school vending machines and fundraisers during school hours.

18 Responses to “signed, sealed, delivered”

  1. 1 Jessica
    December 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Harriet Tubman Elementary!! So awesome. Now all they need is Sojourner Truth Middle.

  2. 2 Little Lulu
    December 13, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Thank you, Mr. President AND First Lady Michelle! It’s doing work like this for the American people that makes you BOTH great for this country. And FLOTUS, you are breathtakingly gorgeous! WOW!


  3. 3 majii
    December 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I love the fact that the president and FL are not afraid to show the world how much they love each other. As a retired school teacher, I know that this law will help many American students. This law is also a BFD.

    • 4 Kelly
      December 13, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      lol, Truth and the BDF part made me *smirk* didn’t expect that from a retired school teacher. 😀 cute.

  4. 5 achieve
    December 13, 2010 at 12:14 pm


  5. December 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Oh happy Day 🙂

    Congratulations to the POTUS and FLOTUS for getting this done.

  6. 8 collegekay
    December 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    I bet he really would be sleeping on the couch. Mrs. Obama don’t play! LOL

  7. 9 Jessica
    December 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I was really getting into Michelle’s speech and then it cut off. Especially the part about parents working hard to feed their kids right and then sending them to school where it is canceled out with unhealthy school lunches and vending machines. Do you have a longer video?

  8. 13 Perry
    December 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    YEAH!!! Lovin’ that this bill was passed. I am also lovin’ the boots the First Lady is wearing! (tee hee)

    • 14 EDP4BHO
      December 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

      I’m checking out her boots too. Fierce. And I must be shallow here…..I want my eyes to look like First Lady’s. She is getting gorgeouser and gorgeouser….LOL!

  9. 15 Kelly
    December 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Congrats to FLOTUS. She worked really hard for this and you can see how happy POTUS is for her and for our nation’s children. I love these people.

  10. 16 achieve
    December 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    What a smart beautiful couple. The president is doing a great job.

  11. 17 Lovepolitics2008
    December 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Congrats to all people who worked hard for that Bill. Michelle Obama is a treasure. Plain and simple.

    It was interesting to hear, in Michelle Obama’s speech, how she defended the principle that government has a responsability in providing good nutrition to kids. She basically said that it’s because the parents, who are the first responsible for the well being of their kids, have the right to expect that they’ll be well taken care of. It was an accurate -and elegant- rebuttal to some criticism from conservatives, ex. Palin.

    Side note: seeing President Obama and Nancy Pelosi smile at each other made my day.

    • 18 theo67
      December 13, 2010 at 5:13 pm

      I think Speaker Pelosi has been behind the President with this bill all along. I think if she was against this bill, she would have been the first one to say so in front of the cameras, with more respect to the President than her caucus, of course. Her relative silence tells me that she knows this is a good deal, given the circumstances – especially with regards to the second stimulus, extra tax breaks for businesses and the unemployment insurance. They just had to let those who needed to scream do so – whether it was theater or genuine.

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