Rice shows off her fitness regime
Thursday, March 2, 2006; Posted: 10:28 a.m. EST (15:28 GMT)
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Condoleezza Rice, the nation's top diplomat, is appearing in a three-part TV interview in which she rides a bike, works on her abs, pumps iron and talks about her weight.
Public figures usually do not go public when they work on their figures, though when they do, it can help humanize their images. President George W. Bush is sometimes photographed trying to stay fit on his bike, and President Clinton took some high-profile jogs.
But secretaries of state, a job most people associate with the stiff, inscrutable language of diplomacy? Three days on TV in the gym?
Hard to picture her predecessors Colin Powell or Madeleine Albright doing the same. How about Warren Christopher? Alexander Haig? Not likely.
Speculation about Cheney's tenure at number two have ramped way up since he Shot. A. Man. In. The. Face. But I'm increasingly a believer in Cheney only leaving office feet first or in shackles (oh, to dream). And in that event, they will go outside the Administration for a guy like George Allen, which would then slot Rice in for Veep in '08.
This is probably the republicans best-case scenario, since they really don't want McCain to be the nominee. By doing this, they can short-circuit McCain's chances by pre-ordaining a nominee from the VP office. Then they can trot out Rice to try and broaden their appeal, but her at VP won't drive away the base as fervently as running her in the top slot.
All of that said, I hope Americans have had their fill of leaders intent on working out, and actually elect someone who will actually work.
[h/t Kos diarist]