Obama told Topanga Sena, a young Scholastic News reporter, that 'Let’s Move!’ is "not about having government tell people what to do, because government doesn't have all the answers."
Obama spoke with Sena in Feb. 2012 on the two-year anniversary of the program, which is aimed at getting school children to eat healthier and lead more active lifestyles. Critics argue that the campaign seeks to regulate what parents put in their kids' lunch boxes and could create more discrimination based on body weight.
“I don't believe in absolute 'no's' to anything, because that wouldn't make life fun,” Obama told Sena. “What would life be without the bake sale, right?”
Conservative pundits and outlets such as the Drudge Report reported last year that Obama wanted to ban French fries in restaurants after the parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster announced that it was working on creating healthier options for its children's menus. The first lady addressed the controversy by talking about her love of French fries.
“I wish I could eat French fries every single day,” she told Sena.
Obama highlighted the USDA’s new school meal regulations, which were implemented in January 2012. She said they represent the first major changes in public school nutrition in more than 15 years, and focus on ensuring that public schools serve more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Congressional Republicans attempted to drop the new regulations from a 2012 spending bill.