Obama Pectacular in Hawaii

Obama Pectacular in HawaiiBill Clinton is best remembered for being caught with his pants off.
Barack Obama might be best remembered for being caught with his shirt off.

Yes, this week the 47 year-old President Elect caused quite a sensation when his pecs and abs were caught on display as he left a gym during his holiday visit to his native Oahu.
One editor of Men’s Health said, “He doesn’t have a six pack but he has a four pack, while most of us are carrying a full keg.”

All I can say, is it’s about time. Clearly George W. Bush has kept himself in reasonably good shape. He proved that with his quick reflexes last week in Iraq when a journalist hurled his shoes at the 62 year-old outgoing president. But Barack has clearly taken fitness one step beyond treadmill fitness, as written about this week by news outlets around the globe including these comments from the Washington Post:

One on One“Obama has gone to the gym, for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row. He always has treated exercise less as recreation than requirement, but his devotion has intensified during the past few months. Between workouts during his Hawaii vacation this week, he was photographed looking like the paradigm of a new kind of presidential fitness, one geared less toward preventing heart attacks than winning swimsuit competitions. The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.”

Good for you, Barack. Thanks to Bush and all the little Bushettes, Obama is inheriting one huge mess, which means lots of long days, long nights, and plenty of stress. Physical conditioning is an invaluable aid in keeping healthy, and staying focused on the task at hand.

Barack launched the idea that Americans can elect a person of color to the nation’s highest office. He might just change the culture again by re-igniting a fitness craze in this country that we have not seen since the days of John F. Kennedy, nearly half a century ago. I certainly hope so. In the days of out of control health costs, a crashing economy, and runaway obesity, fitness: physically and fiscally, could be just what the doctor ordered!

—Martin Brown

Health Channel Editor – SingleMindedWomen.com