By now, I am sure everyone has seen the photographs of President Obama shirtless on the beach, sporting an abdominal six pack. It is my understanding that achieving this particular feat of human anatomy requires two things: being unusually thin and doing a lot of crunches.
Should the president be doing crunches? I can see a case for it. If nothing else, it must confer a certain level of humility for the most powerful man in the world to have to spend the time moulding the largely useless muscles in front of his intestines. At the same time, I cannot help but feel like he should be using his time more productively, working on pressing issues of domestic or foreign policy.
Perhaps he finds crunches to be similar to how I find cycling – a good bodily distraction that aids with thinking. If so, perhaps he is getting his attractive photo shoots without a productivity cost.
One other thing that occurred to me recently is that Democrats in the United States must find young voters a bit maddening. If their turnout rate wasn’t so abysmal, Democrats would win more elections. At the same time, U.S. laws and policies overall would be more aligned to the needs and preferences of young people. When young voters stay home on election day – at least in most areas – they are probably sabotaging both the Democrats and themselves.