June 5th, 2014
02:19 PM ET

P90X Founder Gives President Obama 'Solid B' for his Workout

A candid video of President Barack Obama during his trip to Poland is attracting both criticism and praise - and has nothing to do with his foreign policy.

Someone in the Marriott hotel gym captured every grunt and stretchof Obama working out in Warsaw, then leaked the video.

While some were shocked the Secret Service didn't keep the individual from shooting the video and others bashed Obama's form, at least one fitness guru is giving the President strong marks on his workout, and some advice.

"In general, his form is pretty good," P90X founder Tony Horton said Thursday on CNN's New Day. "I'd give him a solid B-plus, maybe an A-minus."

Horton, whose workout has been adopted by Reps. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, and Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, advised the President to "breathe a little bit more," but said he was glad Obama decided to hit the gym while abroad.

"I'm just thrilled that our President shows up to Poland and ends up doing a workout for a half an hour before going to bed instead of grabbing a Scotch and a cigarette," Horton said.

Comments online ran the gamut, as some Twitter users knocked the weight of the President's dumbbells while others cheered him for staying active.



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June 5th, 2014
12:34 PM ET

Five Things We Learned: White House Defends the Bergdahl Deal With 'Proof of Life' Video


By CNN's Lindsay Perna 

Kate Bolduan’s interview with Senator Angus King on "New Day" gives new insight as to why the White House made the deal to trade Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban leaders detained at Guantanamo Bay.

PROOF OF PURCHASE: For the first time, White House officials showed senators a “proof of life” video they said justified the exchange. Sen. Angus King, who attended the closed-door meeting, characterized Bergdahl as looking “terrible,” saying the soldier “could barely talk. He couldn't focus his eyes. He was downcast. He was thin.” Most notably, King detailed the dead silence in the room after the 30-second video played, challenging those who say Bergdahl wasn’t as sick as had been let on.

LIFE ON THE LINE: King says he understands the urgency behind the administration’s action - its concern that if Congress was notified sooner, leaks might have spoiled the agreement and resulted in Bergdahl’s death. “There was a reasonable chance Bowe Bergdahl would have been killed and that was one of the pieces of information that we learned yesterday that gave it some credence in terms of why it had to be kept quiet so long,” King said.

Still, King says it was a mistake not to inform at least limited members of the intelligence committee.

NO GUARANTEE: But, when asked as to whether officials assured the five detainees wouldn’t return to the fight – King says, “There was no such guarantee… the intelligence people explicitly said that is a risk. I think it is a risk.”

IN DEFENSE: King argues two points in the administration’s defense: “What if this deal hadn't been made and the story today was 'American POW dies in Taliban camp and beheaded in Kabul' and the president didn't take a deal that was offered? We’d be having all of the same criticism coming from the opposite direction."

Secondly, King said that under laws of war, Taliban officials could be released from Guantanamo Bay when the war in Afghanistan ends.

“This may have been the last chance to get Bergdahl where these guys had true value to us as a negotiating tool,” he said.

WHO'S TO BLAME?: King blasted Congress for the resulting political firestorm, calling the partisan issue "tiresome":

“This is an outfit that can't decide its way out of a wet paper bag and, all of a sudden, everybody is saying, 'Well, I would have done it this way and I would have done it that way,' meanwhile, we are not getting anything done.”

King said that it’s disturbing that people are trying Bergdahl in public and in the media.

“Let's take a deep breath, get the facts so we know what we are talking about, and then assess and we will have plenty of time to assess, A. what kind of soldier he was, and B. whether this was a reasonable deal.”

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June 5th, 2014
12:29 PM ET

What to do After College? Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger's Daughter

Have you ever felt lost or confused about what's ahead for you in life? These pangs of hesitation or confusion can be especially common for people right after they graduate college.

'I Just Graduated ... Now What?' is Katherine Schwarzenegger's new book that addresses this subject.

The daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger says when she faced her own life after college, she didn't have an answer for the probe:  What comes next?

While some may suspect that with famous parents she would have no insecurities in approaching the 'real world,'  Schwarzenegger says that's untrue.

"Having privilege doesn't exclude me from feeling nervous or worried about my future," she says.

After speaking with 31 notable people and 2 financial experts, the messages in the book are clear: work hard,  stick to your dreams, don't freak out, and perhaps most importantly –  the process is different for everyone.

“I found there is no specific answer, there is no right answer or wrong answer, there’s only your way and your path.”

From Spanx founder Sara Blakely to musician John Legend, Schwarzenegger shares a diversity of paths notable people found to financial freedom and success.


From law school to Disney World to Spanx billionaire!

Schwarzenegger says one of the most relatable stories in the book belongs to Sara Blakely.

She was going to be a lawyer until she bombed the LSAT. Then Blakely wanted to be Goofy at Disney World, but she was too short. After selling fax machines door to door for seven years, one day she needed footless control tights for a pair of white capris.

After making the garment herself and eventually emptying her savings account of $5,000 into her big idea, the entrepreneur is now at the helm of a multi-million dollar company.

Sara Blakely was working as a sales trainer by day and a stand-up comedienne at night before she started Spanx. (L: David Shankbone/R: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images/file)

Sara Blakely was working as a sales trainer by day and a stand-up comedienne at night before she started Spanx. (L: David Shankbone/R: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images/file)

READ:  From broke to billionaire


You may know singer/songwriter  John Legend for his smooth voice and various hits but his success wasn't always guaranteed.

Schwarzenegger discovers Legend was once a finance guy graduating from Wharton business school with a dream to make it big in the music industry.

He quit three years in and worked part-time, Schwarzenegger said.

"He used his first paycheck to pay back student loans."


"All of Me" singer John Legend stops by BBC Radio 2 studio on March 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo credit: FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES)


The author of course includes her father  Arnold Schwarzenegger  in her book.

The former governor of California  went to trade school, but he knew he wanted to become a bodybuilder – so he worked on it continuously.

Schwarzenegger studied English because he felt he wanted to go to Hollywood after winning Mr. Universe.

He took some credits and got a diploma from the University of Wisconsin.

Then his film career took off, and he kept buying real estate that he rented.

Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to city hall with London mayor Boris Johnson in March 2011.  (Getty Images)

Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to city hall with London mayor Boris Johnson in March 2011. (Getty Images)


See more from the author in the video above 


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June 5th, 2014
10:12 AM ET

Look What Happens After Man Finds $125,000

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff," a man finds $125,000 and does - for some - the unthinkable. CNN's Chris Cuomo reports.

Joe Cornell needed a stroke of luck.

He's a recovering meth addict in Fresno, California, trying to get clean while living at a Salvation Army rehab center.

He was going about his business recently when a Brinks armored truck drove by, and a bag containing $125,000 fell out.

Cornell could have literally taken the money and run - he was the only one who saw the rogue bag.

Instead, Cornell returned the money to Brinks. He thought about the impact the missing cash would have on others.

"Deposits from businesses and stuff, so that could have trickled down to a lot of people's jobs, who knows what," Cornell said. "So I just figured it was the right thing to do."

Brinks agreed. The security company rewarded Cornell and his wife, Virginia, with a $5,000 debit card.

Cornell graduates from his rehab program in July, and Virginia hopes her husband's honest actions help land him a job.

See the full story at CNN affiliate KMPH.

And if you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

You can reach out to us on Facebook, tweet @ChrisCuomo or @NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.

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