1/08/2009

Obama is aging and needs bliss


All U.S. presidents physically age more rapidly during their tenures due to the pressures the office puts forth. However, President-elect Barack Obama's aging process will hasten exponentially because of the troubling economy and the ongoing war on terror, and not to mention the stress of being the first black leader of the free world.

From CNN:

..."Chronic stress can produce lots of wear and tear on the body," said James A. McCubbin, a Clemson University professor of psychology and senior associate dean of the College of Business and Behavioral Science. "This is what we see in the changes in the appearance in the beginning and end of the presidency."

Roizen points to the experience of Ronald Reagan.

"When Reagan came into office, he stood up absolutely straight. He was joking and incredibly quick-witted about current events. When he left office, he was hunched over. The age signs on face was there. His jokes were those of olden days rather than current events," he said...


While it was obvious that he was aging during the last few months of the campaign, Obama regularly exercises and has a healthy diet including arugula and Hawaiian pizza, which will contribute to his longevity (of course this is based on him staying away from cigarettes).

Like me, I think he needs more bliss in his life.



I saw the above image on the back cover of the February 2009 Yoga Journal the other day at the gym. The president-elect and I have many things in common; we are both embarking on work this year that will create much physical and emotional tension. For me, I am thinking about doing more exercise, maintaining my diet and experimenting with yoga.

I am even looking more closely at Eastern philosophies these days. No, I am not going Buddhist anytime soon, but this quote interests me.

The Drepung Loseling Institute states:

"Like all major religions, Buddhism contains an explanation of the origin of existence, a morality, and a specific set of rituals and behaviors. ... Buddhism presents a transformational goal, a desire to improve one's situation, and a distinct moral code."

I can already see more chanting opportunities in the Oval Office.

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2 Comments:

At Friday, January 09, 2009 12:58:00 PM, Anonymous a miracle at 1600 Penn. Ave said...

if barack needs bliss, he needs to get off that crackeberry of his. did you all read this in NYT?

President-elect Barack Obama is having a hard time parting with the sleek, black gadget glued to his palm. “I’m still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday in an interview with CNBC and The New York Times. “They’re going to pry it out of my hands.” Obama acknowledged in a nationally broadcast interview Thursday that the Blackberry is a concern, “not just to the Secret Service, but also to lawyers.” White House officials have worried that a president’s e-mails can be subpoenaed by Congress and the courts, and may be subject to public records laws, according to Yahoo! News. While Mr. Obama is dreading the prospect of being forced to give it up because of legal and security concerns once he takes office, makers of Blackberry can’t complain, considering the free advertisement they’re getting out of the deal. Obama doesn’t have a contract to promote the handheld device, but if he did, it could be worth millions. “This would be almost the biggest endorsement deal in the history of endorsements,” said Doug Shabelman, the president of Burns Entertainment, which arranges deals between celebrities and companies. “He’s consistently seen using it and consistently in the news arguing — and arguing with issues of national security and global welfare — how he absolutely needs this to function on a daily basis.” Mr. Obama is an ideal marketing representative, other agents say — popular, constantly in the news and explicit about his attachment to the product. “You always want the celebrity to be a good fit with your brand, and is anybody considered a better communicator right now than Barack Obama, or a better networker?” said Fran Kelly, the chief executive of the advertising agency Arnold Worldwide, who estimated that an endorsement by Mr. Obama would be worth $25 million. “It couldn’t have a better spokesperson.” Mr. Shabelman put the value even higher, at $50 million or more, because the endorsement is worldwide, according to The New York Times.

 
At Monday, November 14, 2011 9:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That aging comparison photo is clearly photo-shopped. That exact same pose is not likely.

 

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