Lewis Diuguid

June 13, 2014

Obama in good health; he’ll need to maintain it

The White House announced that President Barack Obama is in great shape having quit smoking. The president exercises regularly and has a good diet. With the political heat he’s taking on, Obama will need to stay in good health.

It’s great that President Barack Obama is in great health.

The White House made that pronouncement on Thursday in the first update of the president’s well-being in almost three years. Obama, 52, has quit smoking, he exercises regularly and has a good diet.

Let’s hope he gets some fresh, organically grown food out of first lady Michelle Obama’s garden, too. The president will have to stay in tiptop shape to keep up with all of the rigamarole the Republicans continue to put him through.

That will include GOP opposition to Obama blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline. The president will have to be in good shape to keep from caving to the political pounding he’ll take on that issue as well as forcing the country to go green with more renewable energy sources.

Immigration is another concern. The Republicans want to do nothing while Obama wants to get something done for the 11 million illegal immigrants in this country.

The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system is a concern that won’t go away. Veterans deserve better than what they are getting.

The VA issue ranks up there with the political rancor over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi. Militant threats in Iraq have jumped in front of Obama with House Speaker John Boehner accusing the president of being asleep while the Iraqi government has been imploding.

When Obama’s second term in the White House is done, maybe he can follow in former President George H.W. Bush’s footsteps and jump out of airplanes on his 75th, 80th, 85th and 90th birthdays as a sign of having maintained his good health in addition to thumbing his nose in his latter years at the stress the opposing political party put him through.

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