Richard Simmons Gets Congress Sweatin' to the Oldies
This could be the most high-energy week Congress has seen in a very, very long time. The man who is arguably America's most famous fitness icon of all time is coming to Capitol Hill to shake things up -- literally.
That's right, Richard Simmons, who turned 60 this month and whose "Sweatin' to the Oldies" video is about to turn 20, is slated to testify Thursday before the House Education and Labor Committee about expanding physical education in public schools to combat childhood obesity.
And while he still has his loud helium balloon-like voice and big hair, unfortunately, Simmons is hinting he won't be wearing his signature short shorts and tank top at the hearing.
"When I stand in front of Congress to testify I will speak from my heart but I will look like and talk like a Congressman," Simmons told the Sleuth. "That's right," he added, "no dolphin shorts and tank top."
But keep hope alive. Maybe Simmons will be sporting short shorts and a tank top underneath his congressman costume, which surely he'll have to remove for the "pro-PE" rally he plans to lead immediately after the child obesity hearing.
Simmons told us via email, "We will have a rally in which I hope all of the congressmen (and women) will join us in this one-of-a-kind patriotic workout."
Simmons is so excited about his trip to Washington, he's been touting it on his Web site where he invites fans to watch him "LIVE on C-SPAN." His site also promotes the pro-PE rally, saying, "Richard will be 'Dancin in the Street' on CAPITOL HILL! Who would have ever thought it?!"
"For a fat kid who never took a PE class, here I am with a vision to have every child in every school being physically active everyday," Simmons told the Sleuth.
Simmons won't say whether he's leaning toward Barack Obama or John McCain in the 2008 presidential race. His publicist, Tom Estey, says Simmons is "undecided."
But Simmons did tell the author of this recent article that he doesn't think a bill to expand PE classes in public schools will be signed into law until the next president is inaugurated. And considering Obama's tough workout regimen, the Sleuth strongly suspects Simmons is betting on Obama to get that bill signed into law.
Maybe we'll find out for sure on Thursday.
Mary Ann Akers
July 23, 2008; 8:00 AM ET
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