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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Not since Teddy Roosevelt...

this is just too rich. Apparently, Obama studied Taekwondo in Chicago. The following from the Washington Post:

"The Illinois senator...took taekwondo classes in the early 2000s at the schwanky East Bank Club, whose membership includes everyone who's anyone in the Windy City.

We tracked down Obama's former instructor, David Posner, a financial capital planner who taught taekwondo at East Bank for eight years and still practices and teaches classes at another "dojang." He remembers his famous student as "very disciplined, very diligent."

Posner said Obama "has phenomenal balance, very good foot work" and "really good solid stances."

But because the senator, who is now 45, started studying the Korean martial art at an older age than most, he "was not the best kicker, not the best puncher," Posner said.
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Jeeze, I'm having fun. The first and probably last time I'll pay this much attention to an election. If I dreamed this guy up, it couldn't have been much more perfect. If he gets the office, I REALLY hope he can knock it out of the park.

I wonder if all this means that Will or Denzel could finally get laid in a movie without tanking the box office..?

11 comments:

LaVeda H. Mason said...

:laughing:

You are right... this is something else!

Pass the popcorn! :smile

mjholt said...

I like Obama more every day.

jeff hotchkiss said...

I'm generally not political. I generally don't vote either. My view is that all politicians are conniving liars who are in it for personal gain. They really don't care about the people they serve.

For this election, I plan on voting. Why? Because I don't feel that way about Obama. Again, I'm not political, so my knowledge comes from the random things I DO read about the election. But I really feel like Obama would be a good move for this country after the travesty that governs us now.

Steven Barnes said...

Yeah, I really think he's sincere, and brilliant. Can he govern? Jeeze, I don't know. But he looks to be the best of the bunch. At the least, it would be a fascinating four years...

Adam said...

I love the fact that he was willing to step up and try something new... love it even more that it was a martial art.
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What really raises my glee level is his overall approach to science and tech...
http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/
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He can have my vote for Prez. right now.
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Good external ref tool:
You can compare all candidates at GeekTheVote (pop.mech. website)
http://www.popularmechanics.com/geekthevote08

Anonymous said...

This is a little off topic for this post, but relevant I think to previous discussions as it shows the problems women still face. If the lobbiest John Mccain was friendly with and had a dinner with was a man there would have been no NY Times article.
If a woman and a man in the work place get friendly there is immediate suspicion of a romantic relationship, yet networking is an important part of many jobs.

Marty S

Steven Barnes said...

Marty--

You are absolutely right. But I ask: is there any balancing advantage that a woman has in this context? The number of times I've heard women laugh about using sex appeal to get out of speeding tickets and get access to men of power makes me suspect the answer is "yes." Hard to completely negate biology there.

Steve Perry said...

/Not Wesley, not Denzel, not Keenan, not Morgan, not Will/
not a willie to be seen wavin' on the screen/
You know it's true, I wouldn't lie to you/
The black man movie star never ever gets laid/
Sometimes he gets well-paid (if he's a pimp)/
Sometimes he winds up daid (saving the white boy)/
Ahh, but he never ever gets laid ...

Dan Gambiera said...

He's already said he wants Denzel to play him. I quote "He has the ears for it."

Mike Blessing said...

Mr. Barnes, the Wikipedia article about you says that you're a pistol shooter. (Good for you!) While Obama seems to be the most sincere of the "major-party" candidates, I've thumbed through his book, _The Audacity of Hope_, at the bookstore, and I remember him saying that he regretted missing a vote against gun owners while he was a state senator in Illinois.

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