Friday, 13 July 2007

Jogging: How American

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In the morning, French President Nicolas Sarkozy did what many people in America do every morning. He pulled on his favourite NYPD t-shirt, laced up his running shoes and went for a jog. Sounds pretty mundane, huh? But it's sparked a lot of reaction, both in Europe and across the pond -- because not only is jogging too conservative and American, it's bad taste to be photographed with your knees exposed.

A British Politician has this to say: "The Sarkozy jog, say his critics, is a sad imitation of the habits of American presidents ... as bad as the influx of Hollywood movies ... The very act of forcing yourself to go for a run, every morning, is a highly conservative business. "

And from another source: "No decent conservative would dream of jogging. It's a vulgar, untraditional form of self-advertisement that might frighten the horses. What's wrong with croquet?"

Huh? Am I missing something here? Maybe jogging isn't a political statement -- did anyone consider that Sarkozy might simply be trying to get healthy?

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