DNC: Bush Should Stop Playing Games with Physical Fitness
The Democratic National Committee has taken the occasion of President Bush’s physical to chide him for cutting funding for school P.E. programs.
The following is a fact sheet released today by the Democratic National Committee:
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.”
First they put Howard Dean in charge and now this. Are the Democrats trying to make themselves look foolish?
Let’s leave aside, for now, the question of whether the federal government has any business subsidizing gym classes for tykes or mandating intercollegiate athletic programs for women.
President Bush is fit because he is blessed with good genetics and spends a lot of time doing vigorous exercise, not because of government programs. Our kids are fat because they eat a lot of junk food and spend their after school hours watching television and playing video games, not because we’re cutting funding for P.E. These trends have been in evidence since long before Bush was elected governor of Texas, let alone President of the United States.