2012 Kids’ State Dinner

The First Lady:
I have a minor interruption. We have a special guest who
wanted to stop by and say hello because this is a
very special event. So it is my honor to introduce
the President of the United States, Barack Obama. (cheers and applause) The First Lady:
Look at the room! The President:
It looks spectacular! Hello, everybody. Audience:
Hello! The President:
Have a seat. Everybody have a seat. Now, I heard that there was a
state dinner going on here — and usually I get invited
to the state dinners. (laughter) So this time I just
had to crash — (laughter) — I had to crash the party
because I did not want to miss out on all the fun. I’m not going to speak long
because I know that there’s some entertainment coming that is
more entertaining than me. (laughter) But I do want to say I
couldn’t be prouder of my wife, Michelle — (applause) — because she took up this
cause of healthy eating because she’s a mom, and like the
other moms in the room — The First Lady:
And dads and grandparents. The President:
And dads, and
grandparents in the room, sometimes we have to get
on the younger people about eating healthy. And that personal experience
then translated into all the great work she’s been doing. And she’s helped to mobilize a
movement around the country to give parents more choices and
more information so that they can work with their kids to make
sure their kids are healthy. But in addition to
being proud of her, I could not be prouder
of you, the young people, because it’s hard enough
to follow a recipe and make something good to eat. I’m not a great cook. I’m an okay cook. I can make a good omelet and — (laughter) Toast. (laughter) The First Lady:
Chili. The President:
I make a very good
chili, it’s true. But, look, let’s face
it, I don’t cook that often these days. But I remember cooking and
it’s not always easy to make something that
people like to eat. Then for you guys to actually
come up with recipes that are healthy and tasty, and to
do it in a way that helps to contribute to spreading the word
about healthy eating among your peers — that’s a
really big deal. So we’re very proud of you. We’re very impressed with
everything that you’ve done. I hope you guys are having a
good time while you’re here. Everybody, by the way, looks
very sharp, looks very good. I only have one request for you,
and that is try not to drop any scraps on the floor
because Bo — (laughter) Bo is on a diet right now and he
will eat anything that he sees, especially some of the
tasty meals that you guys have prepared. So thank you very
much, everybody. Good luck. (applause)

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