Cookies, Not Carrots? Michelle Obama Brings Sugary Treats to Children

By Penny Starr | March 21, 2013 | 10:42 AM EDT

First lady Michelle Obama visits children at the Fisher House, located at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Wednesday, March 20, 2013, for a pre-Easter celebration with military families and children. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

( – First Lady Michelle Obama visited children at the Fisher House in Bethesda, Maryland on Wednesday, bringing with her cookies and an invitation to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll on the Monday following Easter.

“Are you ready for a little more fun? I'm coming to engage in the fun with you,” Mrs. Obama told the children of military families.

“So I like to come and hang out, number one, to bring cookies. Anybody like cookies here? I'm not sure if we haven't any cookie fans,” she said to laughter.

Mrs. Obama, as part of her “Let’s Move” campaign, repeatedly has stressed the importance of healthy eating, especially for schoolchildren.

"When we send our kids to school, we have a right to expect that they won’t be eating the kind of fatty, salty, sugary foods that we're trying to keep from them when they're at home," Mrs. Obama said at a school in Alexandria, Va., last year. "We have a right to expect that the food they get at school is the same kind of food that we want to serve at our own kitchen tables."

During Wednesday’s visit to Fisher House, Mrs. Obama had another (non-sugary) treat for the children:

“And one other thing I come bearing,” Mrs. Obama said. “We do this really cool thing at the White House around Easter every year. It's called our Easter Egg Roll… I brought tickets for all of you to come. So that's the other thing I bring,” she said to applause. “So the Monday after Easter, you guys are invited to my house to hang out, okay?”

Although White House tours are canceled because of budget reductions mandated by the sequester, the Easter Egg Roll – a party for 35,000 people at the White House – is still on.

On her visit to Fisher House, Mrs. Obama was accompanied by Bo, the First Family’s Portuguese Water Dog, calling him a “big baby” as she introduced him to the children.

(The "Bo"-shaped cookies Mrs. Obama brought to the children were made by White House pastry chefs.)

Fisher House is one of a network of homes around the country that house families of recovering troops.

On Jan. 22, Mrs. Obama spoke to children and their families near the White House garden. She spoke about the garden’s purpose at that event was as a way to promote healthy eating.

“One our goals was to focus on the importance of educating our kids about healthy eating,” she said.

“It wasn’t just about planting a garden; it was also to begin to talk about nutrition and to highlight the little ways that each of us can add more healthy fruits and vegetables to our diet – something that I think about all the time,” Mrs. Obama said.