In one of his election speeches, Senator Barrack Obama said, “Listen, I’m skinny, but I’m tough.”
He has the confidence to win and he wants to win badly. But, according to an article in Wall Street Journal, in a country where 66% voting population is overweight, some of them find it hard to relate Obama’s slim physique and perceived values to theirs. So, the healthy and fit image may backfire. Once the news broke out reporting Obama going to gym 3 times within 24 hours period, his opponent has seized the opportunity to criticize him as being out of touch with man on street. McCain campaign has this new advertisement titled “Celeb” which compares Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Indirectly, the campaign was probably telling people that Obama spent too much unnecessary time working out and probably too fit to be the next president of United States of America.
If we look at US history, the last overweight president was William Howard Taft in 1908 with 335 pounds (about 150 kilograms) whereas James Madison was 98 pounds with 5′ 4″ height, probably the smallest size of president. Abraham Lincoln was the tall and skinny type with 170 pounds and 6′ 4″ height.
Now, Senator Obama is about 6′ 2 and probably 190 pounds, slightly 10 pounds lighter than the average American man of his height. However, when he was a kid, he was chubby. He only started to slim down after he was playing basketball regularly during high school time.
Nowadays, the Illinois senator stays away from junk food and quit smoking. He only eats them occasionally. He works out in the morning at gym regularly, almost daily. According to someone who has seen him working out, he does not have a personal trainer (which I think he should have considered to get one). He wore gray shirt, black running pants, white sneakers, and white headphones. His workouts included triceps push down, shoulder press, overhead dumbbell extensions, and calf raise. He does not lift like crazy. Just that he has great self discipline to exercise consistently. Isn’t because after he saw his own shirtless picture being published sometime in mid 2007?
Actually, I doubt Senator Obama actually works out 3 times within 24 hours as reported. Reporters saw him going into those private gyms, but no one knows what has happened inside. I guess he is probably having special meeting or discussions with someone and using workout as a good cover up.
Here are few shots showing Obama was preparing working out and playing basketball.
Wonder why Obama was wearing long pants and tuck his shirts. Make him look taller?
On the other hand, Senator McCain is 5′ 7″ and 165 pounds. Senator McCain does not lift weights due to injuries he suffered as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. He loves coffee and doughnuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. He admitted that he struggles with weight loss, which his supporters claim that therefore he is more “human”. Sometimes, a more down-to-earth image can help.
I do not think voters will and should base their decisions on physical appearance alone to cast their votes. Otherwise, Mr Universe like Arnold will be the best candidate. Just look at some other great leaders in other parts of the world, none of them have 6 pack abs. But certainly not obese till having difficulty to walk or being ill. I definitely want my country leader to be fit and healthy. In fact, exercising helps in destressing too.
So, how about your country leaders, do they have big tummy too or are they always tired till have to doze off during meetings?
Category: Fitness News
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