Despite the fact that it has been a massive failure, Michelle Obama is still incredibly proud of her school lunch plan, as she sees it as her biggest accomplishment as the first lady. That’s why it came as devastating news to the former first lady when she heard that her advisor on her school lunch program David Binkle busted for corruption as part of her school lunch program!
He was an adviser to Michelle Obama on her infamous and regularly criticized school lunch program. Binkle, a chef by trade, served for years as the health food guru for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was held up as the poster child for the first lady’s program, instituting its strict nutrition standards for the nearly 1 million children the Los Angeles school district feeds a day. Binkle was so successful in instituting the program that he was brought to the White House to meet with the first lady and advise her on new ways to implement restrictions on children’s lunches.
The Los Angeles Times explains the damning reality for Binkle:
The Los Angeles Unified School District serves nearly 700,000 meals per day, and the professional chef helped lead a charge that saw vegetarian curries, pad Thai noodles and quinoa salads replace old cafeteria staples like chicken nuggets and corn dogs.
The initiatives won the district numerous awards, drew praise from then-First Lady Michelle Obama as she led a national push to combat childhood obesity, and earned Binkle appearances on Tedx Talks.
But as he was revolutionizing meals for the district’s students, prosecutors allege, Binkle illegally funneled roughly $65,000 of the district’s money into a private consulting firm he ran, then placed some of that money into his own pocket.
The 55-year-old appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to 15 felony counts including embezzlement and misappropriation of public funds. He posted $220,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court in October.
According to court documents, Binkle repeatedly misappropriated district funds in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 between 2010 and 2014. Prosecutors also allege that he forged an application to become a vendor with the district and failed to disclose outside financial interests.
If convicted, he faces up to 13 years in prison.
Michelle, who may or may not have known this was going on, has been silent since the seedy truth of her program has come out and it’s unlikely she’ll address it anytime soon, if ever. She has more important things to publicly discuss that serves her ego instead of the need for justice being served on poster child for her program.
Luckily her pet project, telling all Americans how to eat, is over. President Trump has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to hold off indefinitely on Michelle’s changes to all labels on foods and on menus in restaurants. It was due to take effect in 2018, but now, it’s all been scrapped and thrown in the dustbin.
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