Jill Rosen went to Michelle Obama's Olive Garden press conference. "I didn't even get a breadstick," Rosen said, but she did hear the first lady commend the Darden Group's pledge to reduce sodium on fat on its menus.
Here's Rosen's story. You can always find thorough coverage of the first lady's campaign to fight childhood obesity on Eddie Gehman Kohan's Obama Foodorama. You can even read a transcript. Here's a response to Darden's announcement from Nation's Restaurant News, an industry newsletter.
I always look for the response to this type of announcement from Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University and Food Politics blogger. Obama Foodorama has her response, and it's lukewarm.
"I could certainly argue that these are bandaids," Nestle said. "The White House view of how you work with the food industry is that you look for increments, and do it in steps, but that's not how I would do it."
You can also read about the Drudge Report's response.
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