Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Cabinet Meeting -- Working on the Childhood Obesity Problem

First Lady Michelle Obama sits with Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, right, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, as she meets with Cabinet and Congressional members, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, regarding childhood obesity policy ahead of an announcement of a national campaign to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The first lady met Tuesday at the White House with six legislators and three Cabinet members who have a big role in health policy. Mrs. Obama says she wants to get families, schools, businesses and governments working together on a problem that she says is "imminently solvable."

Mrs. Obama isn't the first first lady to get involved in policy. Rosalynn Carter sat in on Jimmy Carter's Cabinet meetings. And when Hillary Rodham Clinton was first lady, she was the architect of Bill Clinton's failed attempt to enact a major health reform package in the 1990s. Courtesy: The Washington Post