Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bizarre Leader Worship

A Washington Post news story, reporter Eli Saslow describes President-elect Obama's exercise:
The sun glinted off chiseled pectorals sculpted during four weightlifting sessions each week, and a body toned by regular treadmill runs and basketball games.
The unbiased story continues:
The more Obama's life intensifies, friends said, the more he relies on the gym....

Even Obama's closest friends said they marvel at how he has maintained his commitment.
Michele Malkin contrasts this the Washington Post op-ed's treatment of Pres. Bush's exercise routine ("Bush has an obsession with exercise that borders on the creepy”).

PREVIOUSLY, leader worship of Obama was covered here ("it's not merely his youthful vigor, or handsomeness, or even inspiring rhetoric") and here ("25 fittest"). It is easy to forget that only a year ago, Sen. Clinton was the one receiving the leader worship.

Go back a few more years to 1927 and the New York Times was enthralled by Stalin, described as the "calm" "steady" "Buddha of the Kremlin." Obviously, 1927 was back when the mass-murderer Stalin was still cool, before the Hitler-Stalin pact which caused liberals to re-evaluate him.

RELATED, reporters for the Washington Post Foreign Service describe Al Gore this way: "sexy man. The thinking girl's thoroughbred." (hat tip: BMI) Contrast that with the way that Salon sexualizes Gov. Palin.

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