And now the French left is mad at their new President because he jogs
July 6, 2007 10:04 PM
No, I'm not joking. From the Times of London:
President Sarkozy has fallen foul of intellectuals and critics who see his passion for jogging as un-French, right-wing and even a ploy to brainwash his citizens.
You got it. Jogging is un-French, right-wing, and a brainwashing ploy. C'est incroyable!
Attacks on Mr Sarkozy’s pastime, which he has made a symbol of his presidency, began on the internet as soon as he bounded up the steps of the Elysée Palace in shorts when he took office in May. That moment has become the icon of his hyperenergetic administration. The grumbling has now moved to television and the press.
“Is jogging right wing?” wondered Libération, the left-wing newspaper. Alain Finkelkraut, a celebrated philosopher, begged Mr Sarkozy on France 2, the main state television channel, to abandon his “undignified” pursuit. He should take up walking, like Socrates, Arthur Rimbaud, the poet, and other great men, said Mr Finkelkraut.
Jogging is not right-wing, you idiots. You want right-wing, try brush clearing. I love brush clearing. It is satisfying and healthful. But not for the French, who don't care about such things:
“Western civilisation, in its best sense, was born with the promenade. Walking is a sensitive, spiritual act. Jogging is management of the body. The jogger says I am in control. It has nothing to do with meditation.”
How arrogant. And unintellectual to not realize the connection between a sound body and sound mental health. Exercise literally cleans the brain. It scrapes out all the junk, and helps you think clearly. And to think the French left claims the mantle of Western Civilization! It's not theirs, and they obviously only claim it when it suits them.
Mr Sarkozy’s habit infuriates his critics – and some supporters – because he flaunts it so hard. Le running du Président, often clad in his favourite NYPD T-shirt, has become a ritual, like King Louis XIV’s rides at Versailles....
The NYPD t-shirt must really make them mad. Perhaps that is what this is all about?
Until “Speedy Sarko” won office, French heads of state shunned physical exercise in public. The late François Mitterrand was privately partial to golf, but the reflective stroll was his public trademark. Jacques Chirac, Mr Sarkozy’s predecessor, was famous for his energy, but in public he moved at walking pace and in suit and tie.
What a hideous culture they have. No public exercise for their leaders? Disgusting.
Le jogging, originally known as le footing and now more fashionably as le running, caught on in France, as elsewhere, in the 1980s and eight million claim to indulge. But Mr Sarkozy has rekindled a French suspicion that the habit is for self-centred individualists such as the Americans who popularised it. “Jogging is of course about performance and individualism, values that are traditionally ascribed to the Right,” Odile Baudrier, editor of V02 magazine, a sports publication, told Libération....
I love that. "Jogging is of course about performance and individualism, values that are traditionally ascribed to the Right." Isn't amazing that someone would say that like it's a bad thing?