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    Posted: Feb 17 2013 at 3:54pm
So, I'm watching MSNBC and they're having a panel discussion on Chris Christie's(Repub gov of NJ) future in politics and whether he could be on the ticket for 2016.  The discussion progressed to...would it help his chances if he lost 150 lbs..."when you're leader of the free world, the expectation is that you're reasonably healthy and able to fulfill your term"...

As a blk fem panelist pointed out, if it's not weight it would be something else(religion, race, gender, etc) but it's a valid concern.

Just based on history, it's been noted that with the advent of television, politicians have gotten more attractive(relatively speaking).


So, do you think America is ready to elect an obese politician as President?  Would you elect an obese person as president?

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Why not ? We have several members in congress. I thought about Ted Kennedy. Cry
 


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depends on who his running mate is...chris christie might have a heart attack in the middle of his first term.
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We've had obese and handicapped presidents...but that was way in the past.

Anyway, I actually think an obese person could get the nomination just based on the number of overweight and obese people there are in America. Obesity is acceptable in America so I don't think it's an automatic deal breaker for a candidate.
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No...Even if he ran for office a lot of his campaign would consist on him attempting to look  as though hes trying to get in better shape. 
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Yes


ETA: Only if it's an obese White guy




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ms_wonderland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Feb 17 2013 at 4:22pm
Originally posted by maysay1 maysay1 wrote:

We've had obese and handicapped presidents...but that was way in the past.

Anyway, I actually think an obese person could get the nomination just based on the number of overweight and obese people there are in America. Obesity is acceptable in America so I don't think it's an automatic deal breaker for a candidate.


this is an interesting perspective...but doesnt it seem like people have a lack of self awareness when it comes to things like that?  there's always conversations about women and men not being looking enough to play certain roles when they're much better looking than the person saying it.  i know politics =/= hollywood but i think the psychology might transfer over.  

I'd elect a big guy as Pres though.

@India, the Kennedy's can do/buy anything so i could see that. LOL


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Yep.
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yeah, especially if its Christie.
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