Eat Our Peas: President's Remark Gives Peas Free Press

July 13, 2011

The president and Congress are in a heated political game of chicken over the issue of raising the debt ceiling. President Obama, in an effort to bring Republican leadership back to the bargaining table said during a press conference, ""It's not going to get easier. It's going to get harder. So we might as well do it now -- pull off the Band-Aid; eat our peas. Now is the time to do it. If not now, when?"

And the folks at the Dry Pea and Lentil Council are hoping the free press gets Americans hankering for more peas

"We take President Obama's comment on the need to ‘eat our peas' as a reference to the First Lady's push to get all Americans to eat a more healthy diet as part of the Let's Move campaign," the group said in a statement.

"Eating peas has two clear benefits: they can help close the nutritional loopholes in your diet, and preparation isn't taxing! If tasty and nutritious meals featuring peas are served more frequently in the White House and in the cafeterias of both Houses of Congress, it will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget. Eating more lentils couldn't hurt, either," the council added.


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