As schoolnutritionofficialsgatheredaround a conferencetable in the EisenhowerExecutiveOfficeBuilding on May 27, MichelleObama’s
trademark hug-a-strangervibe was notablyabsent. “This is unacceptable,” she saidcurtly. “It’s unacceptable to me not just as FirstLady but also
as a mother.”
What was (32) Obama was an attempt by the Republican-controlledHouse of Representatives to easeschoolnutritionstandards she
helpedpass in 2010. “The stakescouldn’t be higher on thisissue,” Obamasaid, notingthat 1 in 3 U.S. childrenwilldevelopType 2 diabetes.
“The lastthing we can afford to do right now is playpoliticswith our kids’ health.”
But in the nation’s capital, evenkids’ health can be political. In Congress, the interests of farmers and foodcompaniesregularly (33)
with the concerns of parents and the nutritionalrecommendations of the USDA. Nor is the school-lunchfight new: The standards the FirstLady
is fighting to preservehavealreadybeenweakenedoncebefore (34) food-industryopposition.
This was, to someextent, inevitable. Eversince she madeschoolmeals a signatureissueearly in the President’s firstterm, the FirstLady
has tried to joinforceswith the foodindustry on initiatives to shrinkpackagesizes and includehealthierfare on kids’ menus. In exchange, she
has moderated her criticism of junkfood and acknowledgedthatthere is nothingwrongwith the occasional (35) . (She notablyhanded out
sugar-sweetmarshmallowPeeps at the annualWhiteHouseEaster Egg Roll and has calledfrenchfries a favoritefood.)
But thattenuousalliance has been (36) as HouseRepublicans, food-industrygroups, and otherstakeholdershavepushed to allowschools to delay the new federalstandards. In 2011, Republicansheld up funding for new rules in order to extractconcessionsfavorable to the
potato and cheeseindustries. The FirstLady’s criticsalsoarguethat the rules are inflexible and fullcompliance is too costly for somedistricts.
【題組】35. (A)adventure (B)completion (C)indulgence (D)shrillness