The "most fit president we've ever had," then (above) and now (below). Rough Rider Teddy Roosevelt (Frontispiece, Photogravure from Photograph by Rockwood) as a child "was sickly, suffering from asthma and poor eyesight. He exercised vigorously to improve his health and increase his body strength. He was a man of hearty enthusiasm and was devoted to physical fitness. When he was pleased he would say 'Bully!' Roosevelt enjoyed big game hunting, and toy makers created the teddy bear after a cartoonist drew Roosevelt with a bear cub. His hunting produced a unique collection of animals that he donated to the Smithsonian Institute."
What's with this indigestible bit of garbage about Obama the "Beach Babe's" being the "most fit president we've ever had"? Could it be related to reports that "a host of common chemicals is feminising males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people"? We just caught Fox News babe Julie Banderas mouthing that uber-fitness meme about the Leader-of-the-Free-World-Elect. Here's the APs gush that's making the rounds of the immediate MSM:
Both President-elect Barack Obama and the future first lady have exercise routines that would put most people to shame. [Most people? How 'bout the stalwart men and women of the United States military, for starters?] Michelle Obama used to [Used to? What does she do now, may we ask?] join a friend for 4:30 a.m. workouts, and Barack Obama usually [We guess it depends upon what your definition of "usually" is.] starts his day in the gym.
“Most of my workouts have to come before my day starts,” Barack Obama, 47, told Men’s Health magazine in an interview for its November issue. “There’s always a trade-off between sleep and working out. Usually I get in about 45 minutes, six days a week. I’ll lift one day, do cardio the next.” His preference, he said, would be to work out for 90 minutes.
Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois "splashed in the Hawaiian surf during his vacation" back in January of 2007 (Fame Pictures photo). That would have been just a month after our first recognizing his disingenuous playing of "the race card" up the pike from us in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in December of 2006.
Isn't that nice? His "preference would be." Like everything else he asks us to take on faith, it's "would be" vs "what is." Speaking of would be's, how about the President-elect's smoking habit? GW doesn't smoke or drink and is wicked fit. Oh, never mind. We'd heard that the big guy, Rupert Murdoch, had sent out a memo to the troops post election directing FoxNews mouthpieces not to trash — nay, not to so much as whisper anything negative whether true or not — about Obama in this "transitional" period. We're with Radio Equalizer on this one:
The reason? News Corporation is bracing for potentially-vindictive actions by Obama's incoming thugocracy, especially regarding dual station / newspaper ownership rules and apparently seeks to placate the Dear Leader, hoping he will be merciful.
Unfortunately, this is a great way to send FNC's audience running for the hills, with evening talk radio as the likely beneficiary. Meanwhile, the left will still hate Fox.
If you're looking for us, we're the ones crouching, TV clicker in hand, up there high in the hills.