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Strategist: Arnold can make digs, but Obama is fit

Published: Sun, November 2, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.

Los Angeles Times

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fitness advice for Barack Obama — squats for his “skinny legs” and biceps curls “to beef up those scrawny little arms” — got the Democratic nominee’s chief strategist wondering: How are the California governor’s basketball skills?

Schwarzenegger might not know it, strategist David Axelrod said, but “Sen. Obama’s pretty fit.”

Schwarzenegger poked fun at Obama’s lean physique Friday as he campaigned for Republican John McCain in Ohio. In fact, Obama has been adamant about working out 45 minutes a day during the presidential campaign. On Saturday morning in Las Vegas, he hit the fitness center at Caesar’s Palace.

Obama also plays basketball, although games are rare of late. It’s an Obama tradition to play on Election Day.

So on Saturday, Axelrod suggested it would be interesting to “get Gov. Schwarzenegger on the basketball court and see what he can do.”

At the campaign stop in Columbus on Friday night, Schwarzenegger told the crowd: “I only play an action hero in my movies, but John McCain is a real action hero.”

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1PragmaticSubstance(34 comments)posted 5 years, 11 months ago

Here I think is the real reason McCain has never been able to pull it together in this race. Two two debt-financed wars and a domestic policy rivaling the incompetence of the Katrina disaster have left every American man, woman, and child owing $35,000 on the national debt. Senator McCain’s only real economic idea is to make permanent our existing tax policy, despite its having had several years to work already. Instead, his campaign’s main strategy is to change focus almost completely every few days, usually from one tangential issue to the next, stressing William Ayres, then ACORN, then Joe the Plumber, and now for a few days it’s been that Obama, because he means slightly to modify one of the world's most regressive tax systems, is a “socialist." (That one’s a bit ironic after the Republican government took the single largest equity stake in the previously private financial sector.) McCain’s administration would also be overrun with business lobbyists; his very campaign manager and several other advisers were millionaire lobbyists for, of all things, mortgage bankers.

The tragedy is what his chances of winning show about us as people. By not making utterly inevitable an Obama landslide, we Ohioans have shown ourselves a flock of callow children who’ve earned no right of self-government. How long must we stand like fools in the same burning building before we just step outside?

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