Michelle Obama on the Wholesome Consuming Initiative: “Nonetheless loads of time to do one thing good”

Part II of Gayle King’s Interview with Former First Lady Michelle Obama. You can catch Part I by clicking here.

“If you want to be a great cook, you have to learn about all kinds of foods.”

This is just one of the messages behind Michelle Obama’s Netflix show “Waffles + Mochi”. The series teaches kids the value of healthy eating and addresses key issues like diversity and inclusion as the dolls waffles and mochi travel the world learning new culinary traditions.

Along the way, waffles and mochi are led by their mentor, a supermarket manager played by Michelle Obama.

“After reading the concept, I thought this was going to be so good,” she told Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning. “So I wanted to be part of it. But it is funny – “

“But you didn’t have to be,” said King.

“I didn’t have to be. But I am asking the question. It’s like, look, I don’t want to be Ms. O. when there’s a better Ms. O out there. “

“Who is a better woman O?”

“But I had to tell you, Gayle, I am not an actor. So, I thought, don’t give me a few lines. It was fun because I could be spontaneous and work with ‘Waffles + Mochi’. I love the fact that we try to find a purpose in it too because that’s still important to me.

“It sends a message that goes beyond food and fun. You know, there is always a theme about love, acceptance and openness. It’s just a gentle reminder to young children. We want to teach you this rare gift of empathy. “

Michelle Obama with Busy, Mochi and Waffles in the Netflix educational series “Waffles + Mochi” about healthy eating.

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And now this mission continues with the “Pass the Love” initiative of the former first lady. Waffles and Mochi have partnered with Partnership for a Healthier America to offer food sets inspired by the show’s recipes to families in need. And today Ms. Obama announces the first target cities.

“We looked at cities where there was a need,” she said. “And many of our urban areas are struggling with COVID. So we could have gone to any city. But Atlanta and Cleveland were somehow prepared for this partnership. And we want to draw your attention to the fact that it will be in 2021 – is it the year it is? ”

“Yeah, I know. I know,” King laughed.

“That people in one of the richest nations on earth are still hungry.”

“And what are you going to do with them?”

“We will serve a million meals to families in need across the country,” Obama said. “So they’ll get small grocery packages that are waffles + mochi specialties in which they have the ingredients and the recipes. Simple, affordable. You get it for free. But they also find out that they can go back to the stores and do it all over again. And all of these meal sets will be healthy so that all families can follow the recipes. “

King said, “My kids are now 34 and 35. And I wish you know, cooking isn’t my forte. I watch them grow on spaghetti-o’s, fish fingers, and tater tots. And if I had regrets about being a parent, that would be it. “

“But we grew up, we raised our children in a different time. You know, when we didn’t know all the quick, quick options weren’t that healthy, we didn’t know that. That is why the educational piece is important. Because we can’t beat ourselves up for things we didn’t know. And now more and more families understand this. And they can also see they can prepare an affordable meal quickly. Save money and time. “

In the years since her family left the White House, Ms. Obama could have taken well-deserved time off, but she told King that she doesn’t take the reach of her voice and the unique platform of a former first lady for granted.

“I’m 57,” she said. “Barack will be 60 years old this year. We still have a lot of life left. So when you see all of the needs and things that need to be done, we still feel that we have a responsibility to get involved on this planet. I mean, I’m still not working at the pace that I was working. I still have more freedom to do the things I want. I knit now! “

“Do you knit? That sounds like no disrespect, but it sounds very ‘old lady’, ”King said.

“But you know, it’s kind of me. Because I like to create something out of nothing. It’s not an old lady! I don’t want you to come to my knitting community, Gayle! ” She laughed. “Don’t get me started because I don’t want people to be bored with my little knitting. I made Barack a sweater, a crew-neck sweater that he loves. ”

Did he wear it? “He will,” she laughed. “It was ready when it got a little warmer. So it’s ready for him. I made halter tops for Malia and Sasha who love them. “

“There’s something special about it,” said King. “To know that mom did this for me.”

“Yes. It’s good. That’s good. So the point is, it’s time to do everything. There is still plenty of time to keep working on important issues without being in the middle of it. And let me tell you.” , it helps to have our President Joe Biden in office because when you have a responsible, mature President in office, it is even easier for us to move on to the next stages of our work because we don’t sit and worry every day what will happen next.

“There’s still a lot of time to do something good,” she said.

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