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Would You Elect a Fat Person to be President of the United States?

Updated on November 7, 2013
Chris Christie
Chris Christie
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

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.

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      Jayfort 

      4 years ago

      Yes, I have seen the quality of politician and I agree that our country has been in trouble for a long time. I would add that I feel Kennedy and Reagan were the last two really good Presidents.

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      William Grant 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      Jayfort: Have you SEEN the quality of the politicians we've had for decades now? I can't name one after Kennedy who was worth spit except possibly Ron Paul (and he is crazy), and damned few since the Great Depression. Our nation failed a long time ago. It's just taken this long for the really huge crisis to be felt...... and we're still in denial.

      If Hillary manages to secure the nomination, that's the Democrats fault. If she manages to be elected President, then we're all at fault, and God help us.

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      MG Singh 

      4 years ago from Singapore

      Frankly it doesent matter for a leader

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      Jayfort 

      4 years ago

      And if the only reason people wouldn't vote for Christie is because he is overweight, then our Nation has utterly failed. We're supposed to look for leadership and managerial qualities, not someone's waist size, gender, or ethnicity. Christie is too much a centrist for me right now but if it came down to Christie or Clinton, I'd vote Christie because his beliefs are much closer to mine than Clinton's.

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      perrya 

      4 years ago

      I suspect the 2016 will come down to Christy and Clinton, in which case, she will get it.

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      William Grant 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      You said "I would not like an overweight clown who waddles around as president of the US, even if I liked his policies."

      Then you throw your weight behind "Barns are red because all barns are red" crowd?

      They way you get people to look behind the superficial and see the substance is to do it yourself FIRST. Will it work? Maybe... Maybe not, but voting for or against someone based on how OTHERS will see him or her?? That CERTAINLY won't.

      I think it's past time we had a women as President. I think it would show the world that we are possibly as progressive as we claim to be, but I would never vote for Hillary. I would never vote for Christy either, but not because he's fat.

      Our standards have to be high enough that superficial things like this DON'T carry elections. The very fact that they do means that something is fundamentally broken, and I'm not going to accept that as "just the way things are" That's how broke things stay broke.

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      perrya 

      4 years ago

      But, we all know that appearance does matter- in an job interview, when meeting someone for the first date etc. I would not like an overweight clown who waddles around as president of the US, even if I liked his policies. I would look for another or second best. world image is important because that is all most see.

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      William Grant 

      4 years ago from Wisconsin

      No. I would elect a person who I thought could do the job. If he wore a clown nose, was 400 pounds and had a monkey with him at all times, I'd still vote for him.

      Exactly why should we care about what he LOOKS like? It's the same problem Nixon had when he first ran against Kennedy; he didn't look good on camera. It makes me angry just thinking about it. This is what makes elections a superficial popularity contest and not a serious issue debate. If Hillary wins over Christy, it proves only one thing; Democrats are dumb.

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      Jayfort 

      4 years ago

      I don't look at a person's appearance. I look at their character and capabilities. Based on content of character and capability, I would vote for Christie over Clinton any day.

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      perrya 

      4 years ago

      Well, if Christie will act on his obesity issue, two years could make a difference.

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      CJ Kelly 

      4 years ago from Auburn, WA

      You're right. Christie's appearance hurts any chance of him becoming President. Hillary is already outpolling him. The press corps will give her the royal treatment, so running against her is like running against two opponents. It's a shame, he would have made a great President. My only hope is that Rand Paul does not run.

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