Posted by: JanF | May 31, 2012

Why I Vote For Democrats: Gardens

First Lady Michelle Obama in White House garden with school children

Michelle Obama has written a book about the White House kitchen garden entitled American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America. From a recent interview with NPR:

“This is one of my favorite times for the garden … because everything is bursting,” Obama said, looking out over her tomatoes, tarragon, figs, rhubarb and (of course) broccoli. “We eat lots of broccoli, lots of fresh greens and lettuces of all kinds.” There are also plenty of snap peas served in the White House, much to the chagrin of 14-year-old Malia Obama, who doesn’t like them.

The White House garden is also home to a beehive, where Obama gets honey for her tea and for her favorite snack of sliced green apples and honey. It “tastes like sunshine,” she says.

It is not surprising that a garden, something that embraces nature, is part of the Obama White House.

Schools can tour the White House Kitchen Garden and the White House web site provides a You Tube video for those who can’t get there in person.

First Lady Michelle Obama

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama looks forward to continuing her work on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping working women balance career and family, encouraging national service, promoting the arts and arts education, and fostering healthy eating and healthy living for children and families across the country.

Michelle Obama is a remarkable woman and she and her husband and their children exemplify living, not just talking about, family values. From caring about those who do not have enough to sharing this beautiful garden with the country, their commitment to making our lives better by promoting their progressive values is obvious.

Real family values, Democratic family values: tending gardens, loving each other and sharing … another reason I Vote For Democrats and why you should too.

Oh and their dog is part of their family also.

First Lady Michelle Obama in White House garden with Bo