Obama's "Fitness Flip-Flop"

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Predictable. You just can't win with Dowd and Politico. Today, Dowd wrote that Obama would be wise to showcase healthy food in his next photo-op because that's what "America really needs." Politico44 then linked to her column with the headline "Fitness flip-flop?"

(You know, just asking!)

Dowd wrote:

[M]aybe when Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer come next week to broadcast a special on health care from inside the White House, the president should forgo the photo-op of the grease-stained bovine bag and take the TV stars out for what he really wants and America really needs: some steamed fish with a side of snap peas.

Yes, that's the same person who wrote:

As Margaret Carlson told Mike Barnicle on "Hardball," in a segment called "Is Obama Too Cool?" about whether he relates to average Americans, sometimes you just want to tell the guy, "Eat the doughnut."

The person who wrote:

At the Wilbur chocolate shop in Lititz Monday, he spent most of his time skittering away from chocolate goodies, as though he were a starlet obsessing on a svelte waistline.

Yes, that's coming from the same person who offered the following advice just last year:

If Obama offers only eat-your-arugula chiding and chilly earnestness, he becomes an otherworldly type, not the regular guy he needs to be.

He's already in danger of seeming too prissy about food - a perception heightened when The Wall Street Journal reported that the planners for Obama's convention have hired the first-ever "director of greening," the environmental activist Andrea Robinson.

Maureen Dowd
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