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Gym Rats Now Run Government

Fitness freaks have taken over the Obama administration



    Gym Rats Now Run Government
    How are "real" (couch-bound) Americans supposed to relate to a president who exercises regularly?

    You have to be pretty driven to run for president, or to aspire to any very high-ranking government position. And often, very obsessive, Type-A personalities don't just work all the time; they also exercise like the dickens. Exhibit A: Peter Orszag, director of the Office of Management and Budget.

    At 6 in the morning, Peter R. Orszag is racing: across wet pavement for a 35-minute run, into a shower and a suit, and through a living room that looks rather like an office, the walls painted presidential gold and hung with pictures of federal monuments.

    Ugh! At 6 a.m. normal people are either finishing up the night shift or they are still sleeping. They are not "racing" around Washington in spandex.

    The fitness obsession extends to another key Obama moneyperson, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. He is reportedly "dauntingly fit and polite on the court," with "an awesome tennis game."

    Then of course there's the president himself, who, like his predecessor, always makes time for exercise even when he's busy running the world. Back in December, the Washington Post reported on the President-elect's curious addiction to fitness:

    Obama has gone to the gym, for about 90 minutes a day, for at least 48 days in a row. He always has treated exercise less as recreation than requirement, but his devotion has intensified during the past few months.

    How can we possibly hope to have a government that understands the needs of average, everyday citizens if it's run by a bunch of abstemious superheroes with chiseled pecs? Thankfully, Obama has hired on a few slobs like Larry Summers, who isn't afraid to fall asleep in meetings and looks like he still enjoys a good steak. Without him, the administration would be truly lost.

    Sara K. Smith writes for NBC and Wonkette when she isn't exercising.