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Watch Obama and Biden Jog Through the White House

Unsmiling, just like the rest of us look while working out.

President Obama running in 2008.
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Marina Koren
Feb. 28, 2014, 2:52 a.m.

Re­search has long shown that ex­er­cise can make people feel hap­pi­er, but that doesn’t mean they have to look happy do­ing it.

That in­cludes the lead­ers of the United States. In a one-minute video re­leased Fri­day morn­ing to pro­mote the Let’s Move! ini­ti­at­ive, first lady Michelle Obama’s cam­paign to com­bat child obesity, Pres­id­ent Obama and Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden jog around the White House in their work at­tire. And like the rest of us, they look like they hope it’ll be over soon.

“Mr. Pres­id­ent, are you ready to move?” Biden asks as he steps in­to the Oval Of­fice.

“Ab­so­lutely,” Obama re­sponds, get­ting up from his desk. “Let’s do this thing. Let’s move.”

The pres­id­en­tial pair jogs through the White House to a get-pumped tune that sounds a little bit like the 2004 song “Shine” by The Love­freekz. Bo and Sunny make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance. After a few stretches, they re­turn to the Oval Of­fice, where two glasses of wa­ter await. “After a good workout, gotta drink up,” Obama says, ref­er­en­cing the first lady’s cam­paign to en­cour­age Amer­ic­ans to drink more wa­ter.

In real life, both politi­cians ex­er­cise reg­u­larly: Obama is “al­most re­li­gious about get­ting in his workouts,” and Biden, at the age of 71, con­tin­ues to lift weights.


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