The headline at the New York Post says “Obama snapped pumping iron at hotel gym.”
That’s so misleading. Obama is not “pumping iron.” He’s engaged in a desultory, aimless workout that involves hefting weights, many of which I, a foot shorter and a few pounds lighter than he is, would find reasonable to use.
There’s nothing wrong with a light work-out. If you worked out hard the day before, or if you have an injury, or if you have an important evening event and don’t want to be too tired later, or any number of other reasons could justify taking it easy. That means that, while I just sneered a bit at the light weights Obama is using, I also know that he could have a shoulder injury. I’ve certainly lost my shoulder mojo since my rotator cuff got pinched.
What I find less easy to excuse is how unfocused his work out is. When I work out, I work out. Even if it’s a light workout, I give 100%. Otherwise, why bother? You’re just a poseur. And that’s, of course, what we see with Obama.
Last word: Putin’s going to have fun with this one.