Obama’s ‘rejected me totally’: Richard Simmons says he wanted to help

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One-time fitness personality Richard Simmons said the Obamas have “rejected” his attempts to meet them and help the nation get fit and healthy.

“I love Michelle Obama. I wanted to meet them, both of them. They have rejected me totally,” Simmons said in a Huffington Post interview with Ricky Camillari Wednesday.  “I’m just not their set of sheets.”

Simmons wanted to help out with Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign, but he was met with a cold shoulder. But that didn’t appear to dampen his opinion of the first couple.

“I do think the president and lady Obama are doing a good job,” Simmons said, according to the Huffington Post. “We need to try to get along in this country and make things happen, and no one has insurance. It’s just a mess.”

In an October interview with CQ Roll Call, Simmons spoke of his longstanding wish to help the Obamas with an effort dear to his heart.

“I was with childhood obesity long before any of them,” Simmons said. “You know, everyone can’t like you. I found that out in my life. Everybody can’t like you or appreciate you. So you really have to focus on the ones who do. We all feel hurt when we get rejected.”

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