- Politics and Social Issues
Would You Elect a Fat Person to be President of the United States?
Does the physical appearance influence on how you vote? Do you always vote for a candidate's position on the issues, knowing they may be telling you half-truths to get elected? Do you think about how the world might look upon a person who is obese and is the leader of the free world?
Look, we all are human with faults and bad habits, many stemming from childhood. Yet as the 2016 presidential candidates begin to position themselves to run, how much of an impact does their physical appearance persuade your voting decision?
The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, born in 1962, will no doubt be one of the Republicans running in 2016. Hillary Clinton is another for the Democrats. Rand Paul is another likely one for the Republicans.
Christie does have an appeal to reach many middle roaders both Republicans and Democrats. He is a common sense guy and grew up like move kids. Of course, Obama is one also. But Christie's achilles heel, in my opinion, is his appearance. He is so obese it is bad for health and it would portray a not so flattering image of America. Yes, I know it sounds shallow and cruel, but despite all his lip service about agreeing that he has a serious weight problem and promises to do something about it, nothing changes. I like his positions on many issues, he seems fair most of the time and at one time, was the "little"guy on the street, a working class dude.
You can say his weight is a personal issue, well, not if he is going to be president of the United States. His health is important because if something should occur while he was president, his VP would act in his behalf. How the world looks at him and what he represents is also important because America is not always in favorable light for a variety of reasons and his obesity would just add to the bad impressions.
By the same token, a person who had another physical problem, would pose the same dilemma because the office of the President of the United States is the highest and high visibility that people may aspire to. When the president speaks, people listen and there is no need to be distracted because of appearances.
If Dick Cheney had ran for president, his serious heart condition and past history would make voters think twice about voting for him. He knew this and decided not to run, among other reasons. I suppose even Clinton may pose a problem with those who simply refuse to vote for a woman for this office because of their beliefs, so it is easy to see how obesity in political candidates would be a turn off for many.
What kind of person knows he has a serious problem, yet, does nothing about it? Or, is secretly in denial about ? Or, simply will not address the issue head-on and begin to correct it? If they are acting like this with their own being, would they act the same way with national or foreign issues?
I don't know. But, how a candidate looks DOES matter to voters.