White House Wants Ad With Obama Girls Pulled

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2009 12:53 PM CDT
The ad in question.   (PCRM)
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(Newser) – A doctors' group wants to know why all schoolkids can't have what the Obama girls are having in their swank private school lunches, reports the Washington Post, and the White House wants the group to mind its own Ps and Qs. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine posted posters in DC's subway, and got a friendly but forceful message from the White House counsel’s office for its trouble. “They called and said: Please take those down, you can't mention the kids,” the group’s president says.

"They wanted me to remove them voluntarily, but made it clear that they viewed this as something that could lead to legal action,” continues Neal Barnard, who plans to leave the posters up. Though, “if this story comes out as Obama versus Us, I don't want that story.” A political consultant agrees. “While it may draw short-term attention to the issue, the White House will hate the organization for it,” he says. “And if the White House hates you, then it's not successful.”