Some call them man-crushes. Others refer to them as role models or inspirational figures. And just when I welcome Paul Ryan, the most ripped politician we’ve seen in recent history, he had to go and exaggerate about his marathon time. Yes, when asked about his personal best marathon time, Romney’s running mate overstated his personal best by about an hour–an unpardonable sin according to various pundits and the super sleuths at Runner’s World.
Ryan is a “liar,” and we can all squeeze out a smug sigh of relief because golden boy is just a dirty politician like the rest of them, and the best he can manage is a 4 hour marathon.
So why do I feel more disgusted with the people ripping Mr. P90X than I do with Ryan and his exaggerated time? I’ll admit to being disappointed by Ryan’s overstatement, but the round of criticism he’s receiving smells a lot like jealousy, or at least like a pack of wolves sniffing for something to take the guy down.
The dude ran a marathon 20 YEARS AGO, and he’s getting called a liar for exaggerating his time. Please. That’s like calling me a liar for overestimating my batting average during my 12 year old little league season. Yeah, I hit .750 that year. I was a machine. Oh. You looked up the stats? I hit only .610? MY BAD.
Paul Ryan only gets asked that question because he’s had the discipline and fortitude to maintain a phenomenal physique in the midst of what has to be an insanely demanding schedule. He get mad props from me on that front. Add to that the fact that he even RAN A MARATHON, and he’s getting up there with Mark Wahlberg in my little black book.
The fact that the one dimensional folks at Runner’s World can’t fathom how he could misremember his time because “runner’s don’t do that” is no big deal to me. And for all the folks like Harry Reid calling him a liar and questioning his character–well, one way to spice up the Republican National Convention would be to get ’em all in the ring with Ryan for a rousing round of P90X. Then they should get a quiz on all their personal activities from 20 years ago. All incorrect responses will result in disqualification due to being dishonest.
For now, let’s just say I think Ryan sets a good example, at least when it comes to taking care of himself. Obama does the same. “W” took care of business as well. If it ever comes down to our leaders needing to throw down with some hostile dictators, I like our chances. And what if Ryan shows himself to be the lying sack they say he is? Then rip that ripped politician to shreds like he deserves.
For now, I’ll cut him some slack for screwing up the numbers on something that happened half his lifetime ago.