"In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine."
You read that right. Michelle Obama’s garden is going to pot due to the apocalyptic government shutdown—and several media outlets actually thought that was news. For your reading pleasure, here are a few excerpts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In the famous White House kitchen garden, tomatoes are rotting on the vine. Herbs have gone to seed. And the sweet potatoes - a favorite of President Barack Obama - have become worm food.
It's another impact of the government shutdown, one that only the fox and the many squirrels that live on the White House grounds could love.
From the New York Post:
WASHINGTON – Squirrels are living high on the hog thanks to the government stalemate – feasting on tomatoes from the First Lady’s beloved White House garden while federal gardeners remain idle.
With the shutdown entering its third week, the Park Service gardeners who normally tend the mushrooms, peppers, squash and other tasty items have only been permitted to water the plants.
From Obama Foodorama (a blog about “White House food initiatives”):
Washington, DC - The first government shutdown in seventeen years has had a dramatic impact on First Lady Michelle Obama's world-famous Kitchen Garden on the South Lawn, currently bursting with more than thirty kinds of vegetables, including Presidential pumpkins awaiting harvest just in time for Halloween. (Above, Mrs. Obama in the garden in happier days)
In the eleven days since the shutdown began on Oct. 1, the pounds and pounds of ripe organic bounty have gone to waste. The vegetables filling the 1,500 square-foot plot are now rotting away on the vines and in the boxed beds, thanks to the mandate for "minimal maintenance" placed on the skeletal crew of National Park Service gardeners who remain on duty at 1600 Penn.
For those enraptured by Michelle’s Garden, incredibly, scores of articles have been written about it over the last five years. Here's the Huffington Post's links to over twenty. But if you find yourself panicking over the Presidential Pumpkin Massacre, no worries, we’re supposedly close to a budget breakthrough...