Student Blames Michelle Obama for Ruining ‘Taco Tuesday’


Richard “Trip” Klibert, 7, makes his way to the lunch table at St. Joan of Arc School in LaPlace, La. Photo: Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov.

When second grader Richard “Trip” Klibert, 7, was unhappy with his LaPlace, La., school’s decision to nix the popular “Taco Tuesday” lunch menu, he did what any other go-getting kid would do — he went straight to the top.

The Times Picayune reported that the St. Joan of Arc student first consulted his teacher Margaret Cerami, who advised he take the issue up with the first lady. Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign — designed to combat childhood obesity — had sparked the culinary changes.

His note to Michelle Obama read as follows:

Dear Mrs. Obama,
Thank you for trying to make my school lunch better, but you have ruined Taco Tuesday. Please bring back the old taco shell. I miss them. Also, the pizza is terrible. If you would like to try the new tacos, I will buy you lunch.
Thank you,
Trip Klibert


The first lady’s response to Klibert. Photo: Brett Duke/The Times-Picayune/Landov.

While Mrs. Obama never made it to the school, St. Joan of Arc, for lunch, she did send Trip a letter, along with an autographed picture of the Obamas and a set of trading cards of the family’s dogs. The first lady thanked Trip for reaching out and explained why the menu changes were made, according to

Katie Kliber, Trip’s mom, told her son was “proud” and “excited” that Mrs. Obama responded. Trip, though, still prefers the old tacos and crust over the whole grain version. 

Michelle Obama explains the “improvements” to school meals as part of the “Let’s Move” launch. Video: YouTube

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