The White House this weekend announced thatreceived 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."
Yet another example of how the Democrats are not only shameless, but willing to turn anything Bush does into something negative. They can't just be happy for him that he's healthy- that would be "un-Democratic" of them. Bush's job is not to throw money athletics programs that already get obscene amounts of money. Lorie Byrd had this to say:
Correct me if I am wrong, but I don’t recall any Republicans (not even those joking) tying Clinton’s love of Big Macs or his occassional weight gain to his policies and using them to attack Clinton policies. I wish the same could be said for Democrats and the excellent physical fitness of the current President. LyfLines has the unbelievable story of a DNC press release doing just that.
She goes on to say how she'll file this story away and pull it out the next time a Democrat starts whining about how Bush is a divider not a uniter. I don't think that's entirely necessary since the Democrats have proven reactionary and confrontational on just about anything else Bush has done regardless of the plan's merits.
I don't recall Bush needing federal funding to go jogging or weight-lifting on his own. I believe it was his own choice to do that. Similarly, I don't think students need federal funding to exercise. I know the only reason I took an athletics class in middle school, high school and college was only because I was required to. Giving the respective athletic departments more money would not have motivated me any more to take physical education than it already did.
Athletic programs, at least whenever I've seen them, get disproportionately larger allowances in budget while the band/arts programs are continually cut. Whining about cuts to P.E. when they make $20+ Million stadiums is just that- whining. I remember at my high school the band director put in a request for funds to buy new marching uniforms for the band and was denied due to "budget issues," but then that same year (or the year after, I can't remember) the football team got all new uniforms. Athletic equipment for football was always updated and new while the budget for the band continually shrank because we had fundraisers to supplement our pitance from the district which they then used as an excuse to cut our funding even more.
So the fact that Bush has cut funding to athletic programs does not bother me. If anything, I'm happy about it because they already get too much money as it is. Being true to Democrat style, however, they criticize anybody that's for cutting funding to a government program- regardless of what it is.
Ryan James has a lot of good insights too. Make sure to swing by his site.