Monday, August 01, 2005

Does the President's physical really need to be a partisan issue?

You would think that some pieces of news really don't warrant partisan comment. One of those pieces of news, you'd assume, would be the results of the President's yearly physical exam. The President gets checked out, he's in good health, everyone moves on, right?

Wrong. Everything - EVERYTHING - is apparently a partisan issue now. So, how do the Democrats respond to news of the President's physical?

Contact: Josh Earnest of the Democratic National Committee Staff

The White House this weekend announced that President Bush received good news during his annual physical. Doctors pronounced the President to be in "superior" physical condition, which media reports attributed to his rigorous, six day a week exercise routine. While President Bush has made physical fitness a personal priority, his cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes and his Administration's efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women's college sports programs.

"President Bush's has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women's athletic programs at the college level," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Josh Earnest. "His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don't our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs."

No, that's not from the Onion. It reads like it, but it's not. "Josh Earnest" is, apparently, a real DNC spokesman, hard as that is to believe.

One could legitimately question the press release, ask what constitutional authority or responsibility the Federal government has to "make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs," but what's the point? The Democratic party has officially passed beyond pathetic on its way to becoming just a parody of a political party...

Update: Welcome PoliPundit, Captain's Quarters and Michelle Malkin readers! There are a some more posts you might find interesting here, here and here...

Update: The line that I wish I'd written to finish this comes from BulldogPundit:
Honestly, if George Bush walked on water tomorrow, the DNC would issue a press release entitled "Bush Can't Swim".



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