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#ThanksMichelleObama is a satirical Twitter hashtag started by American high school student Hunter Whitney to highlight unappetizing photographs of public school meals in compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s revamped guidelines for school lunches.


The earliest known use of the hashtag on Twitter can be attributed to Jessie Livesay[7], a mother of three and a high school teacher in Dayton, Ohio, who tweeted a message expressing her disapproval of the "new healthy food laws" on August 30th, 2011. The first notable wave of #ThanksMichelleObama tweets took place in April 2014, though it didn't gain much traction until months later, on November 13th, when Hunter Whitney, a student at Richland Center High School in Richland Center, Wisconsin, tweeted a photograph of a school lunch meal consisting of Spanish rice and an apple with the hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama (shown below):

Hunter Whitney @huntwhitney4 Follow Had a very #healthylunch today. The apple definitely made up for the "mystery mush" #ThanksMichelleObama RETWEETS FA VORITES 100 58 4:30 PM-13 Nov 2014


In 2014, public schools across the United States began serving lunch meals with revamped nutrition standards in accordance with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, a federal statue signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2010 which introduced a series of new standards for food sold on school grounds, including allocation of resources for schools to offer fresh produce through local farms and gardens and improving the nutritional quality of food served in cafeterias. The nutritional standard reform has been often credited to Michelle Obama as it has been a central tenet of her anti-childhood obesity campaign Let's Move!.


Throughout the following week in November, others students from public schools across the country began sharing photographs of their unappetizing-looking school lunch meals using the same hashtag. According to Topsy, #ThanksMichelleObama was mentioned more than 2,000 times in the month of November, which saw a huge spike in usage after BuzzFeed ran an article titled "Teens Are Sharing Gross Pictures Of Their School Lunches With The Hashtag #ThanksMichelleObama" on November 21st.

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二/ O Bow Mao Truth Team @BowMaoTruthTeam Follow "@jerrilyn7 1: #ThanksMichelleObama Explair how this is healthy and hunger-free."-i bet her brats get lobster&fixings" わt3 ★ … * Follow Jess Sency Jess Sency Yum school lunches #thanksmichelleobama わt3 ★ … Maya Wuertz @wuertznightmare 塩Follow This is my lunch. I'm in high school #ThanksMichelleObama 2
Chloe McCarty RockerChicChloe Follow @MichelleObama, you call this a lunch? #thanksmichelleobama Garrett Freeman I * Follow #ThanksMichelleObama RETWEETS FAVORITES 37 41 10:40 AM-29 Sep 2014 Ron McAdams * Follow Tyrantulas #ThanksMichelleObama tells me that high schoolers don't know who controls the funding for school lunches. わt3 ★ …

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Whoa, Tracey, you will not believe what is happening in America right now! So, like, one moment, these lovely kids were being served lightly-grilled garlic-lemon-marinated lobster tails garnished with authentic grass-fed butter and sauteed buna-shimeji mushrooms, with a side of steamed baby désirée potatoes and topped off with Pinot Grigio dipping sauce. It was perfect and nobody ever complained about its quality, ever.

Then all of a sudden – BAM! – along comes Michelle Obama and her big government. Now these poor darlings are reduced to eating Spanish rice. The worst part is, it's not covered in breadcrumbs and deep fryer grease like normal food should be!

Oh, woe is them! It even has the word Spanish in its name, for goodness sake. How unpatriotic can Michelle Obama get?


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