August 29, 2008, - 1:15 pm

Barack’s Workout Palin’ in Comparison to Sarah’s 7-10 Mile Runs

By Debbie Schlussel
I really don’t care about our nation’s top leader’s workouts. In fact, those are usually a source of annoyance to me. I’m tired of seeing Bush on a bike, hated seeing Clinton jogging, and was annoyed by Jimmy Carter’s aggressive management of the White House tennis court schedule, while he let America fall apart.
Most annoying to me we’re all the ceaseless, braggadocious stories about Condi Clueless and her hard workout. Look at me, I workout. So what? She’s a terrible Secretary of State. That’s the fitness I care about.
Still, with this election, in which the press constantly contrasts John McCain’s old age with Barack Obama’s two-hour workout routing, I find Sarah Palin’s workout to be awe-inducing. It shows tremendous discipline.
Compared to Sarah Palin, Barack is, well, a couch potato, though I think naming her kid, “Track”, is a little absurd (what’s next–“Treadmill”?):


Gov. Palin, a mother of five kids, says exercise is still very much a “family thing.” She and her husband, Todd, also an athlete, named their first son Track because he was born in that sport’s season. . . .
“Conventional running is my sanity,” Gov. Palin says. Having recently given birth to her fifth child, the governor is trying to get back to her old workout routine. She was running 7 to 10 miles almost every day but switched to aerobics classes at her gym when she became pregnant. She has worked her way back up to running three miles every other day.
In the summer, when it’s always light, she’ll sometimes run as late as midnight. In the dead of winter, when it’s dark, she sneaks in an afternoon run, or else grudgingly runs on the treadmill at home or at the gym in the evening. Gov. Palin keeps dumbbells at home, but she says most of her upper body strength comes from snowmobiling with her family. “It’s the best upper body workout you could ever have,” she says. “You’re maneuvering through hundreds of pounds of powder.” (Todd is a four-time champion of the Tesoro Iron Dog, the world’s longest snowmobile race.)
“My family and I eat a healthy diet heavy in wild Alaskan seafood, moose, caribou and fresh fruit,” she says. “I guess my biggest pitfall is breakfast. I know it’s the most important meal of the day but I still haven’t bought into it. I hate to admit it, but a skinny white-chocolate mocha is my staple in the morning. . . . I’m running in 20-below temperatures.

Uh-oh, she eats caribou. Horror of horrors. The left is having a heart attack: Not only does she want to drill for oil in ANWR, which might bother the Caribou, she actually eats them. Call in the PETA protestors.
Read the rest. It’s an interesting window into this woman about whom we don’t know a lot.

13 Responses

[Uh-oh, she eats caribou. Horror of horrors.]
And Palin probably killed and ate Bambi’s mother.
It’s good that she can run long distances cuz she’ll be running all the way back to Alaska in November!

Norman Blitzer on August 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm

big mistake mccain, how many electoral votes,i thought he had more smarts to pick a person from the rust belt,GAME OVER SEE YOU 2012

PNAMARBLE on August 29, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Not that I’m such a fan of Sarah Palin, but a mindless comment like NB’s is inappropriate. Who wound up this person in the last few days? He should have been left in hibernation. If I remember right, George Bush II sustained excessive injuries from jogging & that is why he is now on a bike.
There is no question that everything else being equal, a person in good aerobic shape is more alert, and more clear-thinking than someone who is not in good aerobic shape. I have a little trouble with the 7-10 miles-per-day. That is grueling, unless someone is a conditioned marathon runner, and it is asking for injury. 3 MPD every other day is reasonable, and a good exercise regimen for someone her age.
The comments about workouts re political leaders as you mentioned in your post are usually sycophantic, written by mindless reports who hero-worship someone, and will dredge these things up as an indirect way of asserting they are infallible. The same in poor fiction; if an author wants to give a hero(ine) superhuman qualities they will make up some exercise routine for that person that they know is more than most of us would do.
I recall that Runners World magazine, published by Rodale, a left-wing outfit, had a photo of John Edwards running a marathon prior to the 2004 election. We’ll see if they’re evenhanded this time & have covers of Palin.

c f on August 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm

Although obsessively athletic people disgust me, McCain hit a home run here. Relax with a martini and a cigar, Palin, then we’ll talk.

spiffo on August 29, 2008 at 2:22 pm

c f,
You’re a total idiot if you found my comment inappropriate. Get a life and stop stalking me.

Norman Blitzer on August 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

NB, it was inappropriate because it was mindless. It had no substance or intellectual content, but was merely an insult by a childish person who was trying, unsuccessfully, to be clever.

c f on August 29, 2008 at 2:27 pm

c f vomited:
[NB, it was inappropriate because it was mindless. It had no substance or intellectual content, but was merely an insult by a childish person who was trying, unsuccessfully, to be clever.]
c f, the only thing childish here is you following me from thread to thread making yourself look like a stupid ass. This is not a formal debate forum, it’s a blog for pete’s sake.
Get a life and a brain, c f!

Norman Blitzer on August 29, 2008 at 2:45 pm

The abusive language by NB shows how unrestrained liberalism inevitably leads to totalitarianism and the suppression of dissent. Abusive language is one step away from abusive action, when the abusers get power. Intimidation is meant to suppress dissent and disagreement when such a person has a political position that cannot be defended under fire, and when invective is insufficient to squelch disagreement.
But then, this is what the liberals do, and I guess NB has to make up for Audacious and NP who seem to be no longer with us. He seems to be taking his lead from Hussein who is now attempting to silence radio ads that are informing people about his close personal and political relationship with unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, and his wife, Bernadine Dorhn, who thought that the Charlie Manson murders were ‘cool’.

c f on August 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

c f,
You don’t know what you’re talking about since this thread has nothing to do with dissent; and you continually use the strawman to push your inept propaganda. You have no real intellectual substance so you heavily rely on bullying and lies.
c f, if you want to be treated as an adult, then start acting like one.

Norman Blitzer on August 29, 2008 at 4:17 pm

If elected, Sarah Palin will do just fine. Given the choice of McCain/Palin vs. Obama/Biden, I’ll take my chances with a little corrupt democracy over a fascist socialism/Marxism Barack Hussein Obama agenda!
There was an interesting vote tonight on Fox News, Greta Wire, whether McCain’s selecting Sarah Palin would draw much of the democrat vote.

Jackson Pearson on August 30, 2008 at 1:36 am

I don’t know if this will get posted ot not. But anyway, many believe that Sarah Palin was a good choice, and will draw a large democrat vote.

Jackson Pearson on August 30, 2008 at 1:47 am

She is an admirable person, and I have lot of respect for her accomplishments and principles, but there are some disturbing things. For instance, her speech where she priased ‘pioneers’ Ferraro and Hillary. I understand that she and McCain are trying to get votes for Hillary supporters, but I am uneasy about the long term price in political clarity that this is likely to entail. I had, and have the same concerns about Rush’s campaign to get people to vote for Hillary in the primaries. I realize that the Republican ticket is better than the Democratic ticket by far, but it still symbolizes an overall drift to the left. I think foreign policy and immigration are the most important issues, but even on issues like abortion and gay marriage, personal opposition is not enough. I would like to hear clear statements about rolling back abortion and gay marriage by whatever means are possible.

c f on August 30, 2008 at 7:35 am

cf said:
NB, it was inappropriate because it was mindless. It had no substance or intellectual content, but was merely an insult by a childish person who was trying, unsuccessfully, to be clever.
Unlike anything Debbie has ever posted here, which is always intellectual, full of substance, and insult free.

lolwut on August 31, 2008 at 10:40 pm

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