Waiting in line at the grocery store Friday, juggling a jar of jelly and an economy-size jug of dishwasher detergent (you can only imagine what a rockin’ weekend I had), I picked up Time Magazine’s new “Year in Photos” issue and came across this picture.
And I kinda fell in love with him.
Why can I not get this image out of my head? I suppose the image of Obama hoisting his own body weight – while wearing a dapper suit, no less - makes me proud of our President in yet another way. Not just for breaking barriers and defying odds and offering hope, but for being so damn cool. When is the last time we saw images of our nation’s leader rocking chin-ups…or playing pick-up b-ball…or emerging from the gym following a sweat-soaked workout? The fact that he makes time in his day for himself, for his health, for his personal sanity, says more to me than any speech or one-on-one interview could. It means he values his body, he wants to stay fit for his family, not to mention his country. I mean, he was in a school, about to stand before who-knows-how-many-people, and yet the moment a chin-up bar caught his eye, he just jumped and pulled. Our President could totally pass the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge, and that just makes me feel, in some strange way, safer. Now, if only we get him to totally kick the last of the cigs…
PS Have you heard, Michelle Obama’s arms are now officially more popular than Brad Pitt, Pinkberry and Miley Cyrus combined! Has she been cranking out chin-ups with her hubby in the Oval Gym? According to an interview with People, those guns come from a combo of cardio, calisthenics, weights, pushups and jump squats. Title IX arms, indeed.
And don’t even get me started on her butt.