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Obama Fitness Watch, Cont'd

Our 44th president, it appears, will be every bit as exercise mad as the 43rd. Here's the early bulletin from this morning's Obama pool reporter, Janet Adamy of Dow Jones:

"At 7:35 a.m. central time, Barack Obama left his home in Hyde Park. About five minutes later, he arrived at the Regents Park luxury apartments for a workout."

This demanded further inquiry. A check of the Regents Park website reveals the following about the health club:

"Become part of a remarkable group of neighbors who enjoy top award-winning amenities. Relax and unwind in a year-round tropical environment lush with greenery and serene waterfalls. Take an invigorating swim in our 20 yard pool or get your heart pumping in the fitness center! The Regents Club offers beautifully maintained equipment from Cybex, Life Fitness, and Precor along with a sauna, whirlpool and free weight room."

Still, this gave few clues about the president-elect's regimen. Cardio or weights? Elliptical or treadmill? Shower at gym or at home? The questions were put to ace Obama spokeswoman Jill Psaki, whose answers were prompt and direct:

1. "Usually a combo of cardio and weights."

2. "Uses both elliptical and treadmill, depending on the day."

3. "Showers at home."

Or at least he claims he showers at home. The only people close enough to him recently to know for sure are Michelle, the Secret Service and President Bush -- and they're not talking.

By Dana Milbank  | November 11, 2008; 9:27 AM ET
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So, so sad, Dana, that this is what the Rough Sketch is reduced to. I feel for you, I really do. Is this how you're gonna spend the next four years, writing about Obama's shower routine? Snap out of it! You used to be a journalist; I'm sure you can get back to it. Go cover Darfur or Zimbabwe or someplace--eventually you'll enjoy doing real work again, trust me.

Posted by: Dan4 | November 11, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Get a life Dana ! Leave the man alone alteast for his daily routine. What next toilet details ?

Posted by: yeda924 | November 11, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

More important: Is the cigarette habit gone, for sure?

Posted by: ronemerine | November 11, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

I'm enjoying this little respite in the coverage. Please continue, Dana.

There will be plenty of time to return to your delightful congress-watching ways. My favorite was the column about the press conference by congressional leaders who wanted to stop global warming, which was held within walking distance from the Capitol and to which they all zoomed up in heavy, gaz-guzzling SUVs.

I am confident that Washington will continue to offer you (and thus, us) more than enough of such occasions.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | November 11, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

who is he meeting at these health clubs.

at 160 pounds he's not doing any working out. the basketball thing is s scam.

Posted by: stargirl1991 | November 12, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

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