President Barack Obama, whose dadness has inspired multiple side-eyes from teen-in-chief Sasha Obama, was spotted doing lunges and squats in a Polish gym, cementing his status as lamest dad leader of the free world.
The Daily Mail got footage of the wonderfully cringeworthy workout, shot by whoever happened to be working out in the hotel gym that day, we guess. In addition to the footage, we have these images of the president working out from Facebook user Jean Ekwa:
Obama covered a number of important exercises during his apparently high-rep-low-weight workout. He did squats, several arm lifts, and that thing where you step up until a bench with one leg and then the other. He also did the classic yawn'n'lunge, and apparently ran on a treadmill, for his heart.
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren noted in a blog post that easy access to the president could pose a security concern. She said:
THIS IS SO DANGEROUS!!! What is WRONG WITH THE SECRET SERVICE???!!??? If Polish tabloids can get these pics (and video) with a camera lens, is there anyone who doesn’t think the President is vulnerable to someone armed?
But a spokesperson for the Secret Service said that the president was not in danger,
explaining that the incident was "no different than if the president visited a restaurant off the record and other diners took pictures of him." He added, "Hotel guests were not asked to leave the gym during this off the record movement, nor were they asked to refrain from taking pictures."
We've seen Obama work out before, but he looked more official doing it, so this is delightfully jarring. For us, not for the Obama girls, who are just getting started on their summer vacations and presumably preparing to take the white house by storm. You can watch the highly recommended video below:
Have a great summer, Obama kids. At least you've got one parent who looks OK while burning calories.
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