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Leonid Bershidsky

Russia's Loving Obama's Wimpy Workout

The leaked video of Obama working out in a hotel gym shows he is no match for Vladimir Putin in machismo but a more human and accessible leader.
Russians take pride in Putin's athletic prowess.
Russians take pride in Putin's athletic prowess.

The viral video of U.S. President Barack Obama working out at a hotel gym in Warsaw shows he would probably lose a physical fight to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. It also shows that America is light years ahead of Russia when it comes to giving government a human face.

Obama was in Warsaw for the 25th anniversary of the fall of Poland's Communist regime and, among other things, for a meeting with Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko, designed to highlight the importance Washington attaches to resolving the Ukrainian crisis. He stayed at the Marriott and found time for a 30-minute workout at the gym.