Not so well apparently. All of those photos of the First Lady working her White House Kitchen Garden have all been photo-ops as evidenced by overgrowing, rodent ravaging, and vegetables rotting on the bush. Why? Because of the government shut down, silly! Seems the Parks service is really the tenders of the White House Kitchen Garden.
Wondering how upset the FLOTUS must be as her hubby’s golf course has essential status and remains open during the government shutdown.
I see some late night arguments in the White House over focus and priorities. First Lady Vegetables No, Obama’s Golf Course, Yes
White House Garden ravaged by animals due to Shutdown
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.
The gardeners are not allowed to harvest the crops, a White House source told Obama Foodorama. Weeds are springing up everywhere, and the vegetables that have already fallen off the vines are now mouldering on the ground.
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Squirrels relish White House kitchen garden as shutdown sidelines staff
(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.