In the wake of President Bush’s latest physical exam declaring him “fit for duty” and in “superior” health for a man of his age, the Democratic Party is attacking Bush for his health-related policies.
The Democratic National Committee claims cuts to education funding have forced schools to roll back physical education classes, and Bush’s efforts to undermine Title IX sports programs have threatened thousands of women’s college-sports programs.
“President Bush has dropped the ball when it comes to fully funding physical education in public schools and women’s athletic programs at the college level,” said DNC spokesman Josh Earnest.
“His personal habits indicate that physical fitness is not just fun and games for him. Don’t our kids deserve the same opportunities to be physically fit? President Bush should stop running from his responsibility and make sure that all American children have access to physical fitness programs.”
According to the Heritage Foundation, spending on education has actually surged 72 percent since 1998.
A so-called “fact sheet” issued by the DNC states, “the rate of childhood obesity has skyrocketed in recent years, and more than 9 million children over age 6 are now considered overweight.”
The attack by the Democrats prompted instant reaction on the Internet and the airwaves today.
On the politically conservative blog site PardonMyEnglish.com, Aaron Margolis juxtaposes photographs of Bush and a well-known Democrat, stating:
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.
“What the Democrats can’t stand is that President Bush is setting an outstanding example for America’s youth, unlike some Democrats. While Democrats want to blame Bush for the influx of child obesity, let’s look the example that President Bush is setting for children versus the example set by the senior senator from Massachusetts, Democrat Ted Kennedy.”
On his nationally broadcast radio show, host Rush Limbaugh admitted he at first thought the DNC release was a spoof, but then opined, “When Bill Clinton was in the White House, Bill Clinton [was] eating Big Macs, his weight was fluctuating up and down, he finally had open-heart surgery. Does anybody recall the Republicans using those incidents to attack Clinton’s policies? Of course not.”
Limbaugh said he doesn’t think it takes “one bit of school time to go jogging or whatever you want to do for exercise,” and said the Democrats only embarrass themselves with this sort of strategy.
“It is outrageous and it’s hilarious and it once again shows the absolute nothingness that these people have. They’re just throwing things up against the wall hoping that they will stick. … When are they going to learn that this is not getting them anywhere? I hope they don’t but at some point you’ve got to think that somebody will figure it out eventually.”