Yesterday on her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 show, Barbara Walters asked New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, if he was too fat to be President. I don't know about you, but I found that question to be totally out of line.
Chris Christie's weight is visible, so he's an easy target. But what about a person with diabetes? Or a chronic heart patient? How about someone over sixty-five? I mean, should the fact that FDR had polio disqualified him? How about Ronald Reagan, who was just shy of 70 when first elected, and already showing signs of Alzheimers when reelected to a second term? Should Dick Cheney have been disqualified for the Vice Presidency because of his ongoing heart problems?
I find bringing a person's weight into the equation when qualifying him or her for a job as tacky and disrespectful. Rate the work not the person. And specifically in Chris Christie's case, he has proven quite capable of doing his job as the Governor of New Jersey. I don't agree with most of his policies, but I can't deny that he has been effective in getting his agenda through. And I never saw him miss a step during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
It time for you, my fellow Viners, to weigh in on this issue. How do you feel about correlating a person's weight with the office of the Presidency? And, just to make it more interesting, are you a Democrat, Independent, or Republican?