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mlyonsd
03-01-2011, 05:04 PM
By J.P. Freire
Created Feb 28 2011 - 12:31pm
Obama's jetset fitness trainer helps shed pounds, adds to global warming

With a schedule as hectic as President Obama's it must be hard to stick to a training regimen without help -- but why does he insist on having his old trainer fly out from Chicago to D.C. regularly when Obama and his wife exhort the rest of us to drive less? And in a recession? According to Ashley Parker at the New York Times, Obama's fitness czar Cornell McClellan comes out to D.C. every week (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/28/us/politics/28trainer.html?_r=1&ref=politics):

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.

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 (http://www.terrapass.com/carbon-footprint-calculator/#air)).

Couldn't they have just hired someone in D.C. to take over the training? The Yellow Pages provides over 56 entries (http://www.yellowpages.com/washington-dc/personal-fitness-trainers?g=washington%2C+dc&q=Personal+Fitness+Trainers) under "Personal Fitness Trainers" alone, most of whom would have been able to reach the White House by bike.

Doing so would have at least been consistent with Obama's statements about the need to reduce emissions. Last July, Obama announced (http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07/20/obama-tells-federal-workers-drive-less?page=1#ixzz1FH1YKT82) that he wanted federal workers to cut down on business travel and commuting by car in order to reduce emissions produced by the federal government:
The White House was announcing Tuesday that the government will aim to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from indirect sources like employee driving by 13 percent in 2020, compared with 2008 levels.
Even First Lady Michelle Obama's support for locally produced food is steeped in environmental concerns. From MotherEarthnews (http://www.motherearthnews.com/Natural-Home-Living/Michelle-Obama-Local-Food.aspx):
Local food (http://www.motherearthnews.com/Health/2002-03-01/EAT-LOCAL.aspx) is also better for the planet. It supports a healthy, clean environment that benefits wildlife and the land. Growing local, seasonal food preserves genetic diversity and reduces our reliance on genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Buying local contributes to the community economy and protects our food supply for the future.
The Nation also notes the importance of lower emissions (http://www.thenation.com/article/michelle-obamas-fresh-food-revolution) to the Obamas' "buy local" campaign:
Agriculture's large greenhouse footprint is due mainly to its heavy reliance on fossil fuels to grow and transport food to market, as well as the increasing popularity of the meat-rich American diet. Meat production accounts for 18 percent of global emissions, according to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, in part because livestock emit large amounts of methane, an exceptionally potent greenhouse gas.
Even if Obama were to put his money where his mouth is and purchase offsets for McClellan's Chicago-to-D.C. commute, the message is pretty clear: If you're an average federal employee or your everyday taxpayer, stop driving and be careful of your carbon footprint. If you're in the White House and you want some toned arms and a firm buttocks, fly your trainer out from Chicago every week.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/obamas-jetset-fitness-trainer-helps-shed-pounds-adds-ozone

Ok, I know, cheap shot. Just funnier than chit though since I'm sure the PT and first family could be hooked up in a video conference type setting.

I am glad for Axehandle Axelrod though.

Donger
03-01-2011, 05:10 PM
Are we paying for that to happen?

mlyonsd
03-01-2011, 05:15 PM
Are we paying for that to happen?

Even I can't believe they're that stupid.

dirk digler
03-01-2011, 05:24 PM
Are we paying for that to happen?

I would like to know that as well.

patteeu
03-01-2011, 05:47 PM
You can accurately use the word "hypocrite" here, dirk.

LiveSteam
03-01-2011, 06:00 PM
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mlyonsd
03-01-2011, 06:45 PM
You can accurately use the word "hypocrite" here, dirk.ROFL Sorry dirk, that was funny.

nstygma
03-02-2011, 03:16 AM
its ok because he flies commercial not private, so there's no carbon increase since the flights were going to fly anyway whether he was on them or not
/politician

The Mad Crapper
03-02-2011, 05:52 AM
Fitness Czar. LMAO

go bowe
03-02-2011, 12:05 PM
its ok because he flies commercial not private, so there's no carbon increase since the flights were going to fly anyway whether he was on them or not
/politicianwell, what would you say to that politician?

chiefsnorth
03-02-2011, 01:00 PM
Don't they fly their personal chef back and forth too?

The Mad Crapper
03-02-2011, 01:09 PM
Don't they fly their personal chef back and forth too?

They've had pizzas flown in from out of state, for crying out loud. Fucking Mickey. Her and her fucking "organic" garden.

go bowe
03-02-2011, 01:21 PM
They've had pizzas flown in from out of state, for crying out loud. Fucking Mickey. Her and her fucking "organic" garden.mmmmmm...

chicago deep dish pizza...

nothing like it...

well except for the pizza shop in ct that claims to have invented it...

theirs is even better...

nstygma
03-02-2011, 01:21 PM
well, what would you say to that politician?
i'd ask him to have more gov people switch from private to commercial

go bowe
03-02-2011, 05:28 PM
i'd ask him to have more gov people switch from private to commercialseems like a good idea...

stevieray
03-02-2011, 05:41 PM
well, what would you say to that politician?

that he missed the point.

go bowe
03-02-2011, 10:46 PM
that he missed the point.what is the point?

Chiefshrink
03-02-2011, 11:19 PM
well except for the pizza shop in ct that claims to have invented it...

You do know the kid who delivers the pizza for that CT pizza shop who did register for his SSN in CT somehow has a Hawaii SSN?:p

go bowe
03-03-2011, 10:55 AM
You do know the kid who delivers the pizza for that CT pizza shop who did register for his SSN in CT somehow has a Hawaii SSN?:pyeah, and he was actually born in kenya... :p :p :p

Baby Lee
03-04-2011, 07:37 AM
mmmmmm...

chicago deep dish pizza...

nothing like it...

well except for the pizza shop in ct that claims to have invented it...

theirs is even better...

Or the ST. FUCKING LOUIS shop he actually ships it from.

Recognize fool.