Obamateurism of the Day

Michelle Obama wants us to get more fit. Barack Obama wants us to use energy more efficiently and emit less carbon. What better way to demonstrate a commitment to both than to have the President get in shape … by flying his personal trainer from Chicago to DC every week?

Mr. McClellan grew up practicing martial arts, eventually earning a black belt, and as a college student realized that he had a knack for working with people. 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.

“It was an easy sell for me, because I thought of it as kind of a duty, to serve the president,” said Mr. McClellan, who works out with the first couple, often in the early morning, at the gym in the White House residence. Mr. and Mrs. Obama both try to exercise for at least an hour every day, and Mr. McClellan says he usually sees them two to four times a week, depending on their schedules.

J.P Freire asks the obvious question:

David Axelrod says he lost 25 pounds under McClellan’s watch, but that comes at a steep cost for those as environmentally minded as the Obamas: 50,000 lbs of carbon emissions. That’s how much carbon emissions are involved in McClellan’s flying back and forth every week for a year (according to TerraPass.com).

Couldn’t they have just hired someone in D.C. to take over the training? The Yellow Pages provides over 56 entries under “Personal Fitness Trainers” alone, most of whom would have been able to reach the White House by bike.

And Glenn Reynolds has the obvious reaction to the news that the same president who has pressed the EPA to regulate carbon has his personal trainer imported weekly from Chicago:  “I don’t want to hear one more goddamn thing about my carbon footprint.”

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