There’s a little less formality at a “Kids’ State Dinner” than there is at the regular ones, and the unexpected guest who dropped by Tuesday afternoon quickly took note.
â€śMichelle never said to me I can just pick up something with my fingers at a state dinner,â€ť President Obama said in mock surprise, after he heard the first lady urge her young guests not to worry too much about table manners.
â€śWeâ€™re not starting that,â€ť she chided him.
â€śThatâ€™s not fair,â€ť he sighed.
For her second “Kids’ State Dinner,” Michelle Obama hosted 54 kids (plus parents) who won her Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest. (â€śKale Broccoli Chicken and Apple Salad”, anyone?) Her husband, whose drop-by wasn’t officially scheduled, only slightly undermined her message, copping to being a mediocre cook who loathed veggies as a kid.
â€śMy family when they cooked vegetables, they would just boil them and theyâ€™d get all soft and mushy,â€ť Obama recalled. â€śNobody wanted to eat a pea or a Brussels sprout because theyâ€™d be all mushy.” The president shifted gears before venturing into more controversial territory, like George H.W. Bush’s “I do not like broccoli” confessional of 1990.
“But now I actually like vegetables,” Obama said, “because theyâ€™re prepared right.â€ť