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Is Chris Christie Too Fat to Be President?
The Week ^ | February 6, 2013 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 02/06/2013 6:13:31 PM PST by nickcarraway

I think the answer is clear: no. I also think the question deserved to be asked.

My own history with obesity is here, in all its gory glory. Fat stigma is an anathema to me, and I wish that we could ignore the issue entirely. We can't. And that means that the fat of Christie's will inevitably bleed over into the zone that perpetuates stigma and stereotypes. We have to find a way to judge Christie's weight in the context of what the job of being presidential entails, and then, at the same time rigorously segregate it from any other type of judgment. If we can answer the question, then we ought to accept that answer and move on.

Christie himself has acknowledged that his weight raises the probability that he will acquire debilitating medical conditions, and has thus admitted to the public square a fact about his body that requires communal judgment. We should base our judgment on independent assessments performed by doctors. Should Christie run for president, he will submit himself to an examination, and when the results are known, they ought to be debated.

Is Hillary Clinton too prone to blood clots to be president? No. But the question will be asked and ought to be asked. Health matters. Endurance, as a quality of health, matters more than other qualities, like the propensity for certain types of cancer. Christie has proven by his actions as governor that he can endure a punishing schedule. Being president is tougher than being governor. It is stressful. Being overweight in high-stress jobs is not pleasant, it taxes the body, and it increases the likelihood that he'll have a heart attack. (He's not a ticking time bomb; the actual chances of any one person who is fat and in a stressful job having a heart attack are not insignificant but not necessarily in the realm of "likely" either.)

It is not entirely instructive to look to past presidents who were overweight; Teddy Roosevelt's body type and lifestyle are not comparable to Christie's. The eras are too different. But it might be helpful to realize that as president, Christie would have medical care second to none. He'd have a doctor with him at all times. His diet would be monitored rigorously. The chances that he'd stick to an exercise plan and a medication regimen designed to mitigate the effects of his obesity are high. And that would reduce the likelihood of any sudden problems.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; chrischristie; christie2016; hurricanesandy; newjersey; obesity; williamhowarddaft
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1 posted on 02/06/2013 6:13:38 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

He’s too much of a CSer piece of sub-human filth to be president, that much I know. Just one more doughtnut, you fat, scum-sucking, puddle of monkey vomit! Just one more!!!!! Please!!! And then you’ll get the reward you so richly deserve.


2 posted on 02/06/2013 6:17:13 PM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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To: nickcarraway

His weight is the least of his problems.


3 posted on 02/06/2013 6:18:26 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

Let’s try to hide the fact that he is a traitorous RINO behind his corpulence.

What about Zero? A smoker with a history of bath house liaisons.


4 posted on 02/06/2013 6:20:30 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: nickcarraway
Too fat to be elected President. Comedy Channel already has all the jokes written.
5 posted on 02/06/2013 6:22:19 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s too fat-HEADED.


6 posted on 02/06/2013 6:23:19 PM PST by steerpike100
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To: nickcarraway

No problem. Just use a C 17 as AF 1, and a CH 53 as Marine 1.


7 posted on 02/06/2013 6:23:23 PM PST by lurk
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To: nickcarraway

yes


8 posted on 02/06/2013 6:27:19 PM PST by bigdaddy45
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To: nickcarraway

Most of his fat problem is between his ears.


9 posted on 02/06/2013 6:28:01 PM PST by WorkingClassFilth
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To: cripplecreek
"His weight is the least of his problems."

I doubt he'd ever be elected. I see a future for him at Fox News with the rest of the Rinos.

10 posted on 02/06/2013 6:28:59 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: nickcarraway

His weight shows a lack of self-discipline just as does his emotional instability. Obama says what you want to hear and smiles at you and you fall all apart in thanks? I’ll pass on Christe.


11 posted on 02/06/2013 6:29:10 PM PST by JimSEA ( “what difference does it make?”)
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To: nickcarraway

The problem is that he’s a big, fat, slimy, lying liberal.


12 posted on 02/06/2013 6:33:17 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway

Theodore Roosevelt put on weight late in his second term. His successor William Howard Taft tipped the scales at 300 pounds for most of his adult life & he required a custom bathtub in the WH.

Governor Crisco is wider than Taft ever was. After seeing him on Letterman and after getting a good look at myself sideways in the hall mirror, I have started Atkins & gone on the water wagon, lest I share a similar fate.

Somebody said the skinny crook Corzine lost reelection because when he insulted Christie’s obesity he also insulted many Jerseyites.

Anyway, Christie ought to jump on the stockyard scales, call out his weight & then yell, “There, youse happy now!!?”


13 posted on 02/06/2013 6:33:48 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: nickcarraway

Nope ... but the fact that he is an Obama Ass kisser may cause a few problems...

Yo Crispy Have a doughnut ya loser

TT


14 posted on 02/06/2013 6:34:12 PM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

The whole guy, or just his head? Thanks nickcarraway.


15 posted on 02/06/2013 6:35:48 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I don’t know. We’re all paying for the cleanup after Sandy.

How much will it cost for the cleanup when that bag of crap explodes???


16 posted on 02/06/2013 6:35:53 PM PST by bigheadfred (wogga wogga)
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To: nickcarraway

No, he is too stupid.


17 posted on 02/06/2013 6:39:10 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: cripplecreek

“His weight is the least of his problems.”

Yeah, for sure. We got to see Christie’s inner self during the Sandy aftermath and his on his knees serviicing of Obama. There’s no way this blubbering tub of fat could carry any of the Red L. He would do much better if he would flip over to the other side. Ok, so he’s too fat to flip. So, he can roll over to the other side, lol !


18 posted on 02/06/2013 6:40:58 PM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: nickcarraway
Is Chris Christie Too Fat to Be President?

YES!

19 posted on 02/06/2013 6:46:22 PM PST by VideoDoctor
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To: nickcarraway




Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

20 posted on 02/06/2013 6:46:52 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: nickcarraway

Christie will never be considered for POTUS, but not because he’s fat. He’s Willard with a NJ mouth and RINO credentials.


21 posted on 02/06/2013 6:47:19 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: nickcarraway
Mark Ambinder is an ass. The answer is 100% certainly, yes. If fat Christie were to get the nom, he would be torn limb from limb by the whorehouse media. Stupid fatso has eaten himself out of the White House and all he can do is joke about it. Anyone who maintains otherwise is psychotic.
22 posted on 02/06/2013 6:47:19 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: snoringbear
So, he can roll over to the other side,

Oomp A Oomp A

Oompa Dee Doo

We'll get a fork lift and send him to you.

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23 posted on 02/06/2013 6:48:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JimSEA
Well said. Morbid obesity is not an indicator of mature judgment and self restraint.
24 posted on 02/06/2013 6:49:48 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: nickcarraway

Was Hilary Clinton too fat ankled to be Sec. of Hate?


25 posted on 02/06/2013 6:52:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: nickcarraway

His head is too fat and his mouth is too big. Too many stupid things come out of it.


26 posted on 02/06/2013 6:57:29 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Right Wing Assault

I believe his crying when Bruce springstein called him is all I need to know. Also...he went to over 100 bs concerts. Something is very very wblimp with this blimp.


27 posted on 02/06/2013 7:04:33 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: nickcarraway
Is Chris Christie Too Fat To Be President?

You be the judge!


28 posted on 02/06/2013 7:07:05 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: nickcarraway

His body; his business. Christie’s ‘ego’; however... definitely a political consideration; along with his judgment and the political narcissism that frames it. Think he is very close to Obama; on the ‘megalomania’ scale. Not as dangerous; but not good, in any event.


29 posted on 02/06/2013 7:09:38 PM PST by cricket (Push Back Lib Agenda's; Lib propaganda; Lib/Marxist PC; Lib Leaderhship)
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To: nickcarraway

Christy is too left to be president. I don’t care if he is fat. I don’t care if he is purple. I care that he isn’t a conservative on most issues.


30 posted on 02/06/2013 7:10:43 PM PST by stilloftyhenight
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To: LostInBayport

Definitely a ‘wow’- or rather a ‘yikes’....could offer more; but no need to.


31 posted on 02/06/2013 7:12:44 PM PST by cricket (Push Back Lib Agenda's; Lib propaganda; Lib/Marxist PC; Lib Leaderhship)
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To: nickcarraway

His weight is the least of his issues; he is a liberal gun grabbing, obama fart catcher..


32 posted on 02/06/2013 7:20:41 PM PST by cardinal4 (Constitution? What Constitution?)
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To: LostInBayport

Is that really Christie or is his girth Photoshopped?


33 posted on 02/06/2013 7:21:18 PM PST by Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage (Yes! Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!)
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To: nickcarraway

now wait, can someone be “Too Skinny” and “Too Boring” to be president? so boring that he needs a Teleprompter to speak and answer questions to the press?


34 posted on 02/06/2013 7:30:49 PM PST by Seventh_Tiger
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To: nickcarraway

William Howard Taft, not only was he President at age 52 years, he became the 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court at age 64 years and he died at age 72 years. That’s 20 years of service not including his previous years of service, which I must say reading over the list which is quite an impressive list.


35 posted on 02/06/2013 7:31:41 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: MasterGunner01

You are right, Christie is just Willard with a Jersey accent. And I will NOT be pushed to support Christie for ANY political office.

Christie’s weight is not the reason I don’t like him.


36 posted on 02/06/2013 7:32:31 PM PST by conservaKate (R got it wrong in 2012. We must get it right in 2014 & 2016.)
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To: nickcarraway

No, he is too liberal and smitten by the liberal media whores and Hollywood to be Prseident.


37 posted on 02/06/2013 7:41:25 PM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: nickcarraway

The wookie needs a successor.


38 posted on 02/06/2013 7:49:18 PM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Mountain Bike Vomit Carnage

My guess is there was some photoshopping done, because the back of his shirt is blurry where the rest isn’t.

But I don’t think all that much was done. All I can think of when I see that picture is the old toy ad “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down”.


39 posted on 02/06/2013 7:56:11 PM PST by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s a liberal stinking pile of dung that we don’t need as President!


40 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:10 PM PST by dalereed
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To: nickcarraway

See:http://www.mikeswashingtonwatch.com/archives/2007/05/presidential_height_weight_and.shtml


41 posted on 02/06/2013 8:01:19 PM PST by leprechaun9
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To: nickcarraway

Yes.His head is too fat.As Archie Bunker would say,”He’s a meat-head!”


42 posted on 02/06/2013 8:11:22 PM PST by ohiobushman
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know if he’s too fat. But he’s too fake.


43 posted on 02/06/2013 9:15:36 PM PST by Terry Mross (Who long before America is no more?)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

He’s gets pissed off at anyone that tells him to lose weight because he knows he’s a fatass. And if I was 5-6 and weighed 400 pounds and wanted to be taken seriously as a presidential contender, and had the money this lardass has, I would hire a professional trainer and dietitian to get rid of the weight.
He shows a lack of discipline, control and good sense by not losing the weight. He looks like a 400 lb bullfrog. I have seen pictures of him from his college days. He was a normal size man.


44 posted on 02/06/2013 9:29:02 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: cripplecreek

Cleveland, Taft and even TR were about as fat. His weight is irrelevant.


45 posted on 02/06/2013 9:54:51 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s much too much of a fatheaded RINO to be President.


46 posted on 02/06/2013 10:38:49 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: nickcarraway

The writer admits to the same problem so he’s asking for a change in people’s perception of fat people in general, but especially if they run for office.

Objectively he is correct, even if his pro-Christie essay is essentially a plea for himself. Life is tough for fat people and I carry about 20-25 extra pounds myself and I’m 5’9”.

The reality is that people have always responded to other people with a visual perception that is made up in the first few seconds of meeting them. Lots of tests prove that.

And the tests show that tall, good-looking people are usually perceived as better stronger leaders than short people, even if they are equally good-looking.

Intelligence and political philosophy can’t seem to beat the immediate impression given by the first visual contact, especially if the contact is brief or via TV or news photos.

You knew that it was all over for Michael Dukakis when he got photographed in that tank, looking like dorky Alfred E. Newman of Mad Magazine fame.

In politics, business and love, stature and good looks count more than anything on a first, and mostly lasting, impression.


47 posted on 02/06/2013 11:31:39 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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48 posted on 02/07/2013 1:39:10 AM PST by mirkwood (project gutenberg)
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To: nickcarraway

Yes and Michelle’s ass is to big to be in the White House,as is Hillarys,and her cankles disqualify her as well,not to mention that she has dementia,evidenced by the fact that she can’t remember anything


49 posted on 02/07/2013 3:29:50 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: nickcarraway

If he became president our nation would have to borrow a lot of money from China just to pay his grocery bill!


50 posted on 02/07/2013 4:43:25 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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