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S'mores Wars: Palin Flings Dessert -- Figuratively Speaking -- in First Lady's Face

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Food fight!

That seems to be what Sarah Palin wants to start, anyway. In the latest episode of her TLC reality show Sunday night, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," the former governor of the 49th state again took aim at Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight childhood obesity.

While making s'mores, Palin noted that the chocolate and marshmallow treat was "in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert."

By "the other day," Palin apparently meant July, when the first lady recalled her active childhood in a speech to the NAACP in Kansas City: "In the afternoon, there was no way we'd be allowed to lie around the house watching TV. Our parents made us get up and play outside. As I tell my kids, dessert is not a right."

In an interview last month on Laura Ingraham's radio show, Palin took another shot at "Let's Move," saying it reflected "government thinking that they need to take over and make decisions for us according to some politician or politician's wife priorities. Just leave us alone, get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions and then our country gets back on the right track."

The first lady has urged the nation's food makers to produce and market healthier products. She said in March that she doesn't want to demonize junk food and rejected as "extreme" having the government order warning labels on foods contributing to obesity.

She has, however, been emphatic in noting that over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled and that pediatricians "are seeing kids with high blood pressure and high cholesterol -- even Type II diabetes, which they used to see only in adults."

No word on a White House response to Palin's latest remark. The first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha are in Hawaii for their holiday vacation, waiting to be joined by the president once Congress completes work -- or recesses without completing it, presumably this week.

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