I’ve been sitting on this story for a day, hoping against hope that it was all a big misunderstanding or a prank or satire (a few weeks ago, I almost got fooled by the “playing sports without balls” radio story). But I have yet to see a debunking, so:
Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service will destroy the entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active. According to Linn’s reporter Bill McAllister, three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council
I don’t have a problem with FLOTUS’s “Just Move!” campaign. I’m dubious it will be effective but if it gets a few kids to pry their lardy asses off of a few couches, it will probably be the biggest single achievement of this Administration. But … come on. Who does a headstand with a helmet? Who doesn’t do a cannonball? Since when is a cannonball unsafe?
Someone on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition needs to come up with a better explanation, an apology or a debunking. Because if this story is real, it shows that the disease of Helicopter Parenting has infested the highest levels of …
… oh … right.