|Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey|
The real problem here is the way the media is bullying this man for being fat. This is what children do to each other on the playground, and bullying is about the most heinous behavior a child can exhibit, and the most demoralizing for a child to experience. So why is it ok to attack a man who is in the public eye for being fat? Can you imagine if the talking heads did this to a woman? The outcry would be instantaneous and furious.
It seems to me that everyone, even those who are slim, fit, and committed to healthy eating and exercise in a big way, struggles with their weight. Some are much more successful than others at being able to control their appetite, work out consistently, and live a healthy life. Because Governor Christie is fat, he is assumed to be undisciplined, lazy, unmotivated and slovenly - which seems a bit unfair. Who knows why he's fat? And frankly, who cares? If a candidate was pockmarked, or short, or bald, or just plain ugly, we all might think those things would keep him or her from getting elected, but the commentators on television and in the papers would never say anything about it, because mentioning those things is not politically correct.
If Dick Cheney could be vice president after 5 heart attacks, and George Bush, a recovering alcoholic, could be elected president, and if Jack Kennedy, who lived in chronic pain and took multiple medications could effectively lead our country, a fat guy should be able to be in the oval office too, if he's qualified and intelligent.
It's commonplace for children to bully the fat kid, and its acceptable for news anchors and editorial writers to bully the fat politician...and that's not right. Let's try and show some restraint, some respect, and some self-control when going after a candidate. Criticize what they have to say, what they've done, or what their ideas are. But really - let's leave the fat guy alone. Because, believe me, he knows he's fat. And so does the kid on the playground, the one who's being bullied right now.
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