Obviously, they're run out things to criticize him about.
I'll take the liberty of pulling a few quotes from the peice and adding my commentary.
A week ago, when President Bush met with Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III to interview him for a potential Supreme Court nomination, the conversation turned to exercise. When asked by the president of the United States how often he exercised, Wilkinson impressively responded that he runs 3 1/2 miles a day. Bush urged him to adopt more cross-training. "He warned me of impending doom," Wilkinson told the New York Times.
That is the first paragraph. Idle chit-chat if you ask me.
Given the importance of his job, it is astonishing how much time Bush has to exercise.
Maybe he should spend less time jogging and biking and more time getting BJ's from interns?
His full schedule is not publicly available.
Maybe he should publish where he is every waking minute to alert terrorists and Hinkleys? Like the writer even cares how the President spends his days.
Earlier this year, an airplane wandered into restricted Washington air space. Bush, we learned, was bicycling in Maryland
Yes, he should stay in the White House every day to instantly turn on a "sky net" to capture errant aircraft. That is simply a stupid remark. Where was Clinton when his staff tried to get ahold of him to get the word to make a try to capture OBL? Golfing with no communication link, that's where.
Does the leader of the free world need to attain that level of physical achievement?
Bush not only thinks so, he thinks it goes for the rest of us as well. In 2002, he initiated a national fitness campaign.
If I recall, there's been a President's Council on Physical Fitness program around long before W's initiatives.
As then-Press Secretary Ari Fleischer said: "When it comes to exercise, there are many people who just need that extra little nudge to go out there and do a little bit more exercise."
Sometimes it takes more than a nudge. In 2002, Bush fired Lawrence Lindsey, his overweight economic advisor. Lindsey's main crime was admitting to Congress that the Iraq war might cost $200 billion, at a time when the administration was trying to cut taxes and was insisting that the war would cost nothing. But compounding things was the fact that, as the Washington Post reported, Bush "complained privately about [Lindsey's] failure to exercise."
If that's true, then Lindsey's got quite a lawsuit on his hands. I believe that there are two distinct situations. One: He's fat. Two, He undercut his boss and he had to be let go because of it.
My guess is that Bush associates exercise with discipline, and associates a lack of discipline with his younger, boozehound days.
As part of a group (liberals) so concerned about political correctness and sensitivity to those with disabilities, (which for those readers here are unaware, alcoholism has been deemed such), the writer takes a very insensitive shot at a recovering alcoholic by calling him a booze-hound. Hey Max Cleland..GIMP GIMP GIMP!!!
It's nice for Bush that he can take an hour or two out of every day to run, bike or pump iron. Unfortunately, most of us have more demanding jobs than he does.
Writing this crap is demanding? Give me a break. If a professional spent more than ten minutes writing that piece, (his entire contribution to society for the day), I'd be very surprised.