There is not a person among us who could honestly find fault with the First Lady's crusade to make Americans healthier. Even the mass-challenged NJ Governor Chris Christie has gotten on board with the First Lady. The benefits of a thinner population can help the country on so many levels. But common sense also mandates healthy living must also be a smart proposition, WHAT you do in order to get healthy should also make sense for other parts of your life. That is why my blood pressure spikes when I read that this allegedly environmentally conscious President is flying a personal trainer from Chicago to Washington DC every week. Cornell McClellan is the man who travels to DC each week.
According to the New York Times, Mr. McClellan has been supervising the Obama workouts for over ten years:
He owns Naturally Fit, a personal training and wellness center in Chicago, and now spends part of his week in Washington at Mr. Obama’s request.
Is it necessary to fly in a personal trainer from halfway across the country for the President and his wife to sweat? In order for the First Family to pump iron, they are also pumping carbon into the environment. What kind of example is this setting?
Speaking of setting examples, President Obama has recognized the economic problems that seem to be bogging down the country as well as his approval ratings. During his recent State of the Union address, he said:
We have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable. Every day, families sacrifice to live within their means. They deserve a government that does the same.
Most, if not all of us agree with that statement, but just because the President proclaims that America deserves a government that does not spend more than it takes in, does not mean that America will get such a government. It would help if the man making the statement would lead by example.
DC has a 9.6% unemployment rate, over a half-point higher than the national average. The District is also home to several prominent pro sports franchises that employ some of the most accomplished sports training professionals in the country.
I do not begrudge the President or his family trying to live well. However, when you and I are footing the bill, and in very difficult economic times, there is an expectation of frugality.
We have all read about the fifty-five plus rounds of golf played by the President in his first two years in office (more golf than the often maligned duffer George Bush played over eight years). And recently Michelle Obama and her two daughters flew to Vail for a ski weekend.
By the way, last year there was a family ski trip, but it did not require a cross-country plane flight. Michelle and the girls bunked at Camp David and made use of a nearby Pennsylvania ski resort.
Presidents are expected to live fairly well, but also must be mindful of how they are viewed as they are spending what remains of the people's money.