At a Christian Science Monitor talk today, Mike Huckabee again differed sharply with Sarah Palin and other conservative, talk-show hosts over Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity program.
"I think a lot of it [protests] is because she's [Obama] the one presenting it, and that's why I've been defensive of her.
I still think that her approach is the right one. I do not think she's out there, advocating that the government take over our dinner plates. In fact, she's not.
She's been criticized unfairly by a lot of my fellow conservatives. I think it's out of a reflex; rather than out of a thoughtful expression.
And that's one of the things that bugs me most about the political environment of the day.
We don't have to believe that everything the other side proposes is immediately and altogether bad.
And the reason I have been very vocal -- even doing an event with her and publicly speaking out for her initiative -- is because it is exactly what Republicans say they believe -- that you put a focus on individual responsibility."
Palin first began hammering Obama on the anti-childhood obesity campaign in December when she told conservative talker Laura Ingraham:
"Take her anti-obesity thing that she is on. She is on this kick, right. What she is telling us is she cannot trust parents to make decisions for their own children, for their own families in what we should eat. ... Just leave us alone, get off our back."
More recently, she took a jab at the First Lady for her breastfeeding advocacy.