Barbara Walters asked Chris Christie if he is too fat to be president…is he?

Last night Barbara Walters interviewed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Walters asked him if his weight would disqualify him for being the president. Christie said “that’s ridiculous”, but is this wishful thinking on his part? Christie is not pleasantly plump, fluffy, thick or slightly overweight. In a word he is obese. Like it or not we do not live in a fat friendly culture. When the CBS show Mike and Molly first launched a no name blogger wrote that she did not want to see the love story of two fat people. She was crucified and today many people are criticizing Walters for asking the question, but what was she supposed to do? Ignore the elephant in the room? It is interesting to watch people come to the defense of high profile obese people, but these same people don’t seem to show this kind of sympathy or understanding to the obese people they encounter in their everyday life. A friend of mine who is obese once told me that fat people are the only people that you can make a joke about without any repercussions. I never thought of that, but it is true. We don’t respect fat people. Too many of us look at a fat person and we make a lot of assumptions. They are lazy, they don’t care how they look, they eat all the time. None of these assumptions are based on facts. We are an image obsessed nation. Name one overweight news anchor or an overweight presidential press secretary (current or former), you can’t name one because there are none. So the reality is if Christie wants to occupy the Oval Office in 2016 he needs to start changing a lot of things, and one of them is his diet.

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  • Spanish Inquisitor  On December 13, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Three words – William Howard Taft

    • Bill  On December 15, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Or as Joe Biden would say, two words- William Howard Taft.

  • elogam  On December 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    >>what was she supposed to do? Ignore the elephant in the room?<<
    Rimshot! Expect a call from jay Leno or David Letterman any moment now….

    Maybe the Mayans were right, the world IS coming to an end in a few day. As evidence of this, I submit that Spanish Inquisitor and I had the same identical thought for a post. When we agree, that's rare and a cause for either serious contemplation, or expect the four horses of the Apocalypse to appear soon.

    There are two questions here; Is Christie too fat to be president is one. Is Christie to fat to be ELECTED president is the other. The short and sweet answer is NO to the former and YES to the later. Clearly this nation's first requirement for their president is to be young, attractive, photogenic and hip. Competence and ability are a distant second. From GWB being the kinda president you'd most like to "sit and have a beer with" to, well, our current offering, The American public wants a TV friendly image occupying the White House.

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