US Ambassador Shows Muscle in Holiday Card

(Image credit: Bruce Oreck/ Facebook)

U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bruce Oreck is offering Helskini "a different take on the elder statesman" for the holidays.

Oreck posted a special edition of the embassy's 2012 holiday card, featuring his bulging bicep, to his official Facebook account Tuesday and reportedly also mailed copies of it to friends.

The image comes from a photo shoot Oreck did last month for the Finnish fitness magazine "ProBody." A similar shot donned the cover of the Dec. 4 issue, which included an interview with the ambassador.

"I say 60 is the new 40. My wife says, in my case, 60 is the new 58," Oreck said of the shoot in a Facebook post. "One way or the other, fitness is important."

How does he keep his arms so big? Oreck offered this advice to Finns in a video on the ProBody blog: "You never get to stop. You've got to do it every day - or all the time, I should say, for the rest of your days. That's how it counts. Can't quit now."

Bruce Oreck, whose father is vacuum-maker David Oreck, was appointed ambassador by President Obama in 2009. He was one of Obama's top campaign financiers four years ago, bundling more than $500,000 in donations for the 2008 election.

The U.S. Embassy's official holiday card includes the ambassador's wife, Cody Oreck:

(Image credit: Ambassador Bruce Oreck/Facebook)