She mentioned the White House garden, which she said is “really pretty, it’s beautiful now.”
“It rained a couple of days, thank you,” she said, smiling. “The garden helped spark a conversation in this country about healthy eating that led us to create ‘Let’s Move.’ All of you all at USDA have been such a critical part of this effort right from the very start.”
And Obama called the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which changed school lunches, “one of the best legacies we can leave our children,” while acknowledging the sometimes unfavorable reviews the changes have received.
Obama said she hopes the lunches are not only nutritious but “delicious. … We are working on that …yes indeed.”
She was joined on stage by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and 11 USDA employees. Obama praised Vilsack, who has served in the administration for more than four years, as “loyal, dependable, honest.”
Vilsack returned the favor. When he introduced Obama, he suggested that her portrait be placed on display in the department along with his own and that of the President.
The audience cheered, but the first lady nixed the idea.
“We won’t do that,” she said.