Friday, May 16, 2008

Barry O’Bomber: Among nation's 25 'fittest guys'

The upcoming edition of Men's Fitness Magazine out on May 19, is rating Barack Obama as one of the 25 'fittest guys' in the nation.

“It takes a certain stamina to endure months of 16-hour days in pursuit of the land’s highest office. Obama is not the first politician dedicated to fitness, but the Illinois senator starts every day with a morning workout, whether it’s machines at the hotel gym or a brisk 45-minute run. He’s also quit smoking. Obama can beexcused for enjoying the occasional state-fair corn dog because he mostly stays away from fatty foods. He’s also, as we’ve seen, a bit of a baller. Nicknamed “Barry O’Bomber” for his jump shot, the former high school hoopster now releases stress during pickup games—including one on every primary day. “He’s wiry-looking but actually pretty strong,” former Duke player and Obama staffer Reggie Love has said. “And he hates losing.He plays hard.” Now that we know.”

1 comment:

Charlene said...

Okay.. I've got the argument down that Obama is the "candidate for change" and I do wish I could believe that if he were to be elected that he wouldn't be able to turn his back to communities of color because he has experienced the impact of systemic racism in his everyday life...

But I still think that even if Obama was the PERFECT candidate for President, we're still focusing on creating change in unsustainable ways. The movement that is happening as a result of people's dissatisfaction with the current Administration is the movement of the people mobilized to create change. That change does not come in a leader, because this will die when s/he is gone.

Real, sustainable social movements come from the people in their own communities. We can't see Obama as the candidate for "change" - we need to see the people as the ones creating the change in the first place.

I understand the desire to push Obama above Hillary in this race - he's obviously the more "liberal" candidate. BUT, Obama's election can't be the goal of a movement, especially when he is so "off" on countless issues (check out Z Magazine's article, "The Obama Illuision).

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