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Paula Deen vs. Michelle Obama?

Would you rather dine with Paula Deen or Michelle Obama?

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Frenemies?

Frenemies?

The venerable gossip tabloid National Enquirer dabbles in political scandal from time to time (they were the first to report on former presidential hopeful John Edwards’ love child, remember?)

Now the Enquirer gets back into politics with a report alleging a “food fight” between Food Network personality Paula Deen and First Lady Michelle Obama. Really. Here’s the link.

The supermarket publication quotes Deen dishing on the first lady, who once made an appearance on Deen’s show:

“She probably ate more than any other guest I ever had on the show! She kept eating even dur ing commercials. Know what (the Obamas’) favorite foods are? Hot wings. Y’know – those kinds of foods that aren’t necessarily top-of-the-list healthy foods.”

Me-yow!

Mrs. Obama, of course, is known for her efforts to combat childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating. The Enquirer quotes a source saying she is not amused by the Food Network personality.

“Michelle now deeply regrets ever being on Paula’s show,” their source says. “There are a lot of digs she would have been able to brush off, but portray ing her as a high-calorie gorger during her crusade for healthy eating is crossing the line.”

Deen was in Atlanta recently promoting her newest book. In her down time she visited the Dantanna’s in Buckhead and ordered the “Buffalo Trace Bourbon BBQ Giant Beef Rib” menu item, along with potato salad and chicken wings. For dessert she had the Krispy Kreme bread pudding. (Here’s a link to that story, with a photo of her with the chef.)

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

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