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Too Fat For Public Office?

December 13, 2012
Again, via MSNBC, I caught this story on an interview with New Jersey govenor Chris Chrisie where he's repeatedly asked about his weight and potentially running for president in 2016. You may remember that the north east coast of the US just got it's ass handed too it by Hurricane Sandy, but instead of asking the govenor how the recovery work is going, the man is being told "Did you know some people think you're too fat to be president?" That sound you just heard is my head hitting my keyboard.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has faced similar criticisms and worse vitriol in the past for his weight, and I wrote about it way back when he was running for the position. From what I understand, Ford has been removed from his position for some kind of integrity issue and it remains to be seen if he's going to stay on as mayor. There is PLENTY to criticize both Christie and Ford for in their politics, but their weight should be off limits. Our bodies are our own business, yes, even if we run for public office and/or are in the public in some other way. I don't care if you're the President or a mega star from a movie. What we do about our health is between us and our doctor, and sometimes maybe our immediate family.  

On the one hand, I want to be surprised that something like body type can become an issue on something important like who will be President. On the other hand (the other really, really disappointed hand) yeah, I'm not really surprised at all.


How things change!

When William Howard Taft became President over a century ago, a special extra-large bathtub was installed in the White House for his use, and a popular rhyme referred to "A solid man both 'fore and aft/ is he who's known as Mister Taft". This was NOT perjorative, mind you, but a compliment.

Governor Christie has worked SO hard to help the citizens of New Jersey begin to recover from Hurricane Sandy's destruction, and THAT'S what he ought to be asked about by the media: does he think he's doing his job and what more can he do for his constituents? In truth, I'd LOVE to have a governor like him in a time of crisis, and wouldn't care if he were half or three times my own size.

As Issa Waters comment says, I'm REALLY disappointed but certainly not surprised.



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