Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas is just about as perfect a picture of an all-American role model as this country can possibly hope for.
The gymnast took on the world – literally – in England’s 2012 Summer Olympics, and she came out in first place. Twice. Taking gold in both the individual competition and the all-around event, all while winning America over with her adorably infectious smile just as much as her amazing abilities.
Naturally, somebody like that gets invited to do multiple TV appearances, so it’s no surprise that she ended up on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show yesterday. And it just so happened that First Lady I-Want-to-Plan-Everybody’s-Nutritional-Intake-Socialist-Style Michelle Obama was there as well.
When Leno asked Gabby if she celebrated at all after her individually won gold, she admitted that she didn’t have time for anything big right then and there, but she did treat herself to a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin. Being the food Nazi that she is, Mrs. Obama quickly cut in with, “Yeah, Gabby, we don’t… Don’t encourage him. I’m sure it was on… a whole wheat McMuffin.”
The audience took it as a joke, but considering the First Lady’s ardent attacks on everything outside of arugula, I’m not really so sure. And even if she really was just trying to make a joke that ended up coming out a bit awkwardly, it’s really not the kind of thing that such a prominent person should be telling a fabulously fit young lady.
Gabby Douglas is teeny-tiny, with arms that look about half the size of mine (And I have small arms!). Her figure is petite and everybody knows that she had to work out hours every day in order to not only make it onto the U.S.A. women’s gymnast team but to go on to win two golds.
In other words, there is absolutely no reason why Ms. Douglas can’t splurge on a McMuffin or two now and again when she wants to. She’s even allowed to round out that meal with a hot fudge sundae and a 16 ounce cup of Coke if she feels like it… the non-diet kind too!
Saying otherwise is a good way to give girls who probably aren’t as fit as Gabby – Really, who is? Other than her fellow gymnasts, of course – complexes about their own weight.
Besides, Gaby Douglas earned two Olympic medals for crying out loud! When Michelle Obama can claim the same, then maybe she’ll have room to talk.