On the Books Mar. 17: Michelle Obama to write about White House vegetable garden


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First lady Michelle Obama has signed on with Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, to pen a book about her garden on the South Lawn of the White House. To date, the garden has produced 2,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and folds into the first lady’s campaign to promote healthy eating, creating community, and supporting local foods. Obama explained to the AP her intentions behind the project: “So we wanted to share the story with the rest of the nation and perhaps with the rest of the world, because we get so many questions about the garden: How did we do it? Why did we do it? How do I do this in my own home or community?”

Obama is following the tradition of past first ladies’ books championing a cause (Hillary Clinton wrote It Takes a Village and Laura Bush Read All About It!), but she’s also embracing the trappings of modern publishing: There will be an illustrated hardcover, an e-book, and an “enhanced” multimedia electronic edition. The book is scheduled for an April 2012 release.

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  • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

    Cue Sarah Palin’s anger at Americans being forced to grow and/or eat vegetables.

  • Barry

    Lets hear about how she grows cotton & watermelon for the Messiah.

    • gilda

      that is pretty horrible…you are probably not even ashamed

    • the realist

      even if she did,it’s better than sarah the idiot palin and her skank daughter being anywhere NEAR the white house,you moron.so eff you,bill o’reilly,sean hannity,glen beck,rush limbaugh and that jackal that gave birth to you.

      • Scarleth

        Yes, and that is crtaeinly just your opinion. I turn off any channel as soon as I see her face…she’s annoying.

  • Rush Limberger

    i hope there is reference to the hotdog tree

  • Sanjay

    Cue the nutjobs convinced she’s a socialist for advocating for healthier eating habits and against obesity. Had I known this new logic, I would have railed against nancy reagan for forcing people to give up weed and coke. In nutjob speak, advocating or encouraging means forcing, legislating, pushing, internmanent camps where people are forcefed carrots and apples, you see.

  • alex

    Sounds like a nice project.. all the proceeds are being donated. I mean, why not? Nothing wrong with gardening, healthy eating, and community involvement.

    • Sunil

      hahahahahahaa!!!!!!! I like the MamaCass one the bestReply by on August 12th, 2009 at Wednesday, August 12, 2009 @ 10:58 am@christie, of crouse, it’s a myth. She actually died of a heart attack.

  • Lauren

    Cue the liberals who get all defensive before anyone even says one negative word.

    • Jan

      Actually there was a pretty heinous comment before yours, Lauren.

    • the realist

      you people who parrot the word liberal don’t even know what it means.fox news and those idiot tea baggers have hated not only PRESIDENT obama and the first lady,but their kids as well.so eff you to all of you republicans,tea baggers,and fox news jackasses.

  • Jan

    Sounds like it will be a great book and very helpful to people.

    • Celina

      The aibilty to think like that is always a joy to behold

  • Andrew

    I bet this page is going to be filled with hate comments……..

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  • website

    Can I haz cheezburger?

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