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Speak Up: Is Obama Too Fit?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal questions Barack Obama's ability to run our nation. Not because of his views on the war or on taxes, but because he is too fit. WTF?

In a country where 66 percent of the voting-age population are overweight and 32 percent are obese, could Obama's fitness be an issue? Obama openly claims to work out and eat healthy — and he's even quit smoking (yay!). Folks are wondering if Obama is too hard to relate to as more than half of the nation is struggling with weight issues. John McCain on the other hand, doesn't lift weights (cause he can't due to an injury) and has expressed his love for junk food. Obviously, I think that having a fit president would be fabulous, but as much as I love health and fitness it's not going to be a factor in who I vote for.

So what do you guys think about all this? Do you care about our next president's health? Does it matter to you if he does or does not work out, or if he does or does not eat junk food? Do you think that being overly fit could hurt a presidential candidate's chances of taking over the White House? Speak up and share your thoughts below.


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jadorepink jadorepink 8 years
1. i'm not sure i understand the sign ? or at least i thought i did but now im slightly confused, and 2. wtf ? does him being healthy have to do with anything ??
flyhunnie7 flyhunnie7 8 years
@MondayMoose: Did you also see how grammatically horrific that sign was? Not only are we Americans lazy and gluttonous, but we are barely literate.
just_kelly just_kelly 8 years
That sign looks photoshopped.
g1amourpuss g1amourpuss 8 years
What is the matter with her? You can tell a lot about a person by how well they take care of themselves and their home.. cars, children... etc. (And 72*?!?! Is that suppose to be cold or something? I'm super hot-natured.. I have to keep mine in the 60s.) That photograph is so irritating in so many ways I don't have enough time to go on about it. I can't believe she's even promoting SUVs right now. I have an older Pathfinder, but we only use it for longer distances [or hauling things] and my Corolla for around town. (I'm in Houston.. it's like 30-60 minutes to drive around here.) I'm not completely Green, but sh111t - get with it.
chocolatine chocolatine 8 years
@em1282: I totally agree with you. I wouldn't want a person I can relate to as president, I'd want someone much smarter than me, and with more will power.
Subie Subie 8 years
The WSJ is really overly fond of making non-issues into values issues. But I think it's funny that every subsequent President has endorsed JFK's idea that physical fitness for citizens was in fact a vital component to national security. So vital, in fact, that there is a Presidential Council on Physical Fitness and, for those schools that haven't yet been forced to cut the class, a Presidential Fitness Test for phys ed! Also, I really resent the photographed woman's characterization of a "typical white person". Sure, *she* seems fine with perpetuating an unhealthy stereotype, but I'll go ahead and pass, thanks.
Leaia Leaia 8 years
Next thing they're going to be telling us is that to live the most fulfilled life, we must lay on our couches 24/7 and eat Baked Lays. Hello, backwards thinking! The American population seems like it is ashamed of its weight issues, and wants a president they can relate to. With a fat president, "fat" will become the new "normal," and "obese" will become "full-figured." Perché questo succede?
em1282 em1282 8 years
I always think it's funny how "relatable" people expect the president to be. "OK, he doesn't know jack about issues A, B, and C, but he's good for a round of Bud Lights on the house!" Also, whatever happened to striving for something? Don't people want someone they can look up to (not just in an election, but generally)? Yeah, I get lazy, and don't always follow examples of the people I admire, as does everyone, but someone to look up to is a *good* thing, isn't it?
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm glad his healthy lifestyle is a public issue; however, I don't see the controversy surrounding it. If there are Americans out there who are overweight and lead unhealthy lifestyles, yet who also like and are inspired by him, it's possible that they can follow his example.
BarboraZ BarboraZ 8 years ridiculous...I would totally want a fit would be a good role model for the country...and with the amount of overweight ppl we have, we need that!
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
Bush is pretty darn fit - I saw him jogging while I was on a White House Tour - and he was doing laps of the house for almost an hour! His bodyguard was having a hard time keeping up.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
This sounds ridiculous. If your out of shape and love junk food- its your own fault. How can it be a bad thing that Obama is in shape?! If he was out of shape, I bet people would give him crap for that too!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
That is crazy Bella! I think it is a sign of intelligence that he stays healthy (and I think his policy ideas are pretty brilliant as well). I also know that exercising is a good way to destress and focus. It improves mental clarity for some people. It makes me feel better to think that the person running the country has that outlet.
susanec susanec 8 years
The AOL comments are always far scarier. Or sadder. Disturbing. I'm happy to live in one the fit communities, with great access to the outdoors and health care, local produce, fresh restaurants, etc. I'm active, still eat fun stuff sometimes, apparently don't want to be "typical" because that's just depressing and would never take being too fit or too healthy into consideration. Urgh.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Oh wow. Ridiculous. And seriously, that's a sign to be proud of? Idiot.
cahill cahill 8 years
that's outrageous. they should look at him as a fitness inspiration. that can't seriously be their deciding factor.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I can't believe Americans think that they can drive whatever kind of car they want or decide their own thermostat temperature without consulting the rest of the civilized world. Isn't that what the UN is for?
ehadams ehadams 8 years
This is so dumb. The fact that he is healthy, has quit smoking, etc should be an admirable thing. But people should vote for President based on the issues, not what they eat for dinner...
guiltypleasure31 guiltypleasure31 8 years
the stupidity that constitutes political discourse in this country never ceases to amaze me.
elvy elvy 8 years
Ugh.. that sign only proves that a change is necessary. She shouldn't be proud of being lazy and ignorant.
karen7782 karen7782 8 years
And people wonder why the rest of the world has a poor opinion of Americans...
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
chunky kitty, practice your math. The 32 percent of people that are obese, are ALSO overweight. The statistic reads that 32% of people obese, and 66% are overweight -- which means that 34% of people are overweight but NOT obese. can we find a president that puts education first? As for the article, what a horrible woman with a horrible sign. I've never understood the redneck pride mentally.
marygrace marygrace 8 years
this is so grosssssss. even stupid prez bush is in good shape. i've seen the media focus more than once on how physically fit he is.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
The original article was pretty shoddily researched. Or should I say, "researched" — This blog post explains how the journalist had an idea of the story she wanted to write before she began researching, and where did she turn for a good source? YAHOO MESSAGE BOARDS. Ace reporting there. Sigh.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
Actually, I think the 32% obese may be WITHIN the 66% overweight, as obesity is a degree of overweightness. (Obesity runs in my family, and I'm familiar with it's medical definition, and the diseases it causes). Those two percentages relate to each other. They're not separate from each other. Personally, I think Obama's fitness is a plus. Fitness is a virtue, not a vice. Also, I think that sign is absurd. If it's indeed true, it's a sad testament about the "typical white person." I find it laughable that the woman is proud about that. :)
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