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Obama is Fit to Lead

More than three years before he became president-elect, Men's Fitness predicted history

Back in our June/July 2005 issue (and again in 2008), Men's Fitness featured the rising star of the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama, on our annual list of the 25 Fittest Men in America. Even then we knew the young senator was destined for historic greatness.

In fact, Obama embodies everything it means to be one of MF's fittest: A hard worker who has endured ups, downs, and myriad challenges along the way. Congratulations to President-elect Obama for his winning presidential campaign — and for showing us all that change, at any level, is possible as long as you're willing to put in the hard work.

From our June/July 2005 Issue

BARACK OBAMA, 43 — THE POLITICIAN
MF-approved because: With a few thunderously passionate words, Illinois senator Barack Obama became the undisputed heavyweight champ of last summer's Democratic National Convention. Now he's also everyone's favorite answer to the question: Who will be America's first black president?

Fit factor: The slim senator runs and works out regularly. More impressive, he's helped liberals shed that hand-wringing, wussy image they've lately been fighting to change. And that takes muscle! - June/July 2005

From our June/July 2008 Issue

BARACK OBAMA, 46 — THE CANDIDATE
It takes a certain stamina to endure months of 16-hour days in pursuit of the land's highest office. Obama is not the first politician dedicated to fitness, but the Illinois senator starts every day with a morning workout, whether it's machines at the hotel gym or a brisk 45-minute run. He's also quit smoking. Obama can be excused for enjoying the occasional state-fair corn dog because he mostly stays away from fatty foods.

He's also, as we've seen, a bit of a baller. Nicknamed "Barry O'Bomber" for his jump shot, the former high school hoopster now releases stress during pickup games—including one on every primary day. "He's wiry-looking but actually pretty strong," former Duke player and Obama staffer Reggie Love has said. "And he hates losing. He plays hard." Now that we know. - June/July 2008

See Also:
Is Anyone Fit to Lead? (From Nov. '07)
Prior to the 2008 election, Men's Fitness highlighted what each presidential candidate does to keep themselves fit, and what they've done (or plan to do) to help you get there as well. Read more

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