Obama Is TOO SKINNY to be President!

@anniepa (27244)
United States
August 2, 2008 1:59am CST
That's absolutely right, Rupert Murdock, new owner of the Wall Street Journal as well as owner of Fox Noise, wrote a 1400 word article on this very subject in the WSJ. I couldn't make this stuff up. http://groups.google.com/group/alt.gossip.celebrities/browse_thread/thread/05673cecc6cacbb4 This isn't meant as a fluff piece or satire but it's a news article actually saying that the electorate may not be comfortable voting for someone who is too fit to be President. Since 66% of Americans are estimated to be overweight, obviously a "skinny" candidate isn't "one of us", right? What do you think? Should be be wary of voting for someone who is too healthy, spends too much time at the gym and actually doesn't eat a lot of junk food? Geesh, what a horrible example to set for our children! Annie
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@shrashira (438)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Being too skinny is not a reason not to vote for anyone. Unless the vote is for the heaviest person in the room. Then sure don't vote for him.
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@xialinye (1403)
• China
3 Aug 08
putin - Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: ?????´??? ?????´??????? ??´????·i Russian pronunciation: [vl?'d?im??r vl?'d?im??r?v??t?? 'put??n]) (born October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, USSR; now Saint Petersburg, Russia) is a Russian politician who was the 2nd President of the Russian Federation (from 2000 to 2008) and is the current Prime Minister of Russia as well as chairman of United Russia and Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Union of Russia and Belarus. He became acting President on December 31, 1999, succeeding Boris Yeltsin, and then won the 2000 presidential election. In 2004, he was re-elected for a second term lasting until May 7, 2008.

Throughout his presidential terms and into his second term as Prime Minister, Putin has enjoyed high approval ratings amongst the Russian public. During his eight years in office, the economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase six-fold (72% in PPP),[3][4] poverty cut more than half[5][6][7] and average monthly salaries increase from $80 to $640, or by 150% in real rates.[8][3] At the same time, his conduct in office has been questioned by domestic dissenters, as well as foreign governments and human rights organizations, for his handling of internal conflicts in Chechnya and Dagestan, his record on internal human rights and freedoms, his relations with former Soviet Republics, and his relations with the so-called oligarchs: Russian businessmen with a high degree of power and influence within both the Russian Government and economy (See Criticism of Vladimir Putin). This was seen by the Kremlin as a series of anti-Russian propaganda attacks orchestrated by western opponents and exiled oligarchs.[9]

Due to constitutionally mandated term limits, Putin was ineligible to run for a third consecutive Presidential term. Following the success of his successor, Dmitry Medvedev, in the 2008 presidential elections, he was then nominated by the latter to be Russia's Prime Minister and took the post on May 8, 2008.
agree with you. but sometimes,you know,if that person is not strong in physical condition.i don't think he's strong. vladmir putin is like a president.
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I read the entire article. It is just as silly as the link given by Annie. His weight, his dedication in going to the gym, his quitting smoking, and his screwing up by asking if anyone has been in a "Whole Foods" lately, are all shallow reasons to consider, or not consider, someone for president. He is too fit! He is too popular! He is too. . . blah, blah, blah! When will we start talking about what really matters? Obama has the values many of us do. He has goals, for our country that are necessary for all of us if we want to see a turn around. I hope we are not a nation easily influenced by these "negatives" in Obama's character.
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@devylan (695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Hmmm.... weren't we a country easily influenced by an idiot's charisma the last round? But of course, I do agree with you whole-heartedly. Obama 08!!!
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@fiona08 (454)
• United States
3 Aug 08
The difference here is, there is substance behind the charisma. You said yourself bush was an idiot with charisma. Not so with Obama.
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@anniepa (27244)
• United States
5 Aug 08
Somehow I never was able to see any "charisma" in Bush. He always just seemed like a big dummy to me...lol! Annie
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
2 Aug 08
They have simply gone beyond sick in judging him. What will they come up with next? He's too tall, one too many kids, too family oriented, or too happy even. It's hard to believe that they are stooping so low.
@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Aug 08
but rozie, thats not what the artical was about at all, go and read the entire thing, not just the snipets in the fisrt link, It had nothing to do with him being to skinny to be president.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Aug 08
You did what you just said you were sick of others doing, judging. as long as a president looks nice? I'm glad you took the time to read the link, thank you for that, many won't. I drew my conclusions from the statemnts in the article that talked about other campaigns and food.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Aug 08
It was talking about how it effects his CAMPAIGN, not his ability to lead, only how he would be percieved. done in an anylitical sense rather than just saying he's too skinny to lead the country.
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• United States
2 Aug 08
holy cow! is that ever absurd! where do they come up with these wacky ideas? i guess that he must think that other than being too thin or fit, mr obama must OTHERWISE be the PERFECT candidate. i don't follow politics like should - i know, i know - 40 years old - and you don't make informed decisions about who's running your life? but - anyhoo - i like a lot of what obama has to say - he can joke about real life, and because he's young, and uh-oh in good shape - we probably won't have to sit and worry about our president's heart, or colon, or whatever may crop up that may keep him from doing what we hired him do...
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@devylan (695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
EXACTLY! The only "dirt" they can come up with on him is his health?! PATHETIC! At least he has a sense of humor about it, though. Yeah, and we don't have to worry about him dying of just plain OLD AGE, like McCain! lol. And, as my husband just pointed out to me, people don't seem to remember that, while McCain is some sort of war hero, he was TORTURED! What if he has a flashback while he's in office and pushes the mega-boom bomb button?! lmfao.
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• United States
3 Aug 08
i saw a black youth on the news a couple days ago, confronting Obama at a rally, asking why he hasn't tried to appeal to the 'oppressed' black community. Obama basically told him that if he didn't approve of his campaign then he still had the choice of voting for McCain! i laughed so f**king hard!
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@devylan (695)
• United States
7 Aug 08
OMFG! Are you serious?! I'm sorry I missed that statement. That is priceless! I love Obama for statements like that.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
2 Aug 08
He is s bit skinny and my wife and I have commented on how frail he looks, but I can't believe they wrote a freaking article talking about it. I wonder if anyone wrote articles about how overweight Taft was back when he was president.
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@devylan (695)
• United States
3 Aug 08
As a matter of fact, you should be able to find political cartoons making fun of Taft's weight. Even Teddy Roosevelt, who helped get Taft elected, made fun of his weight. It was not only cartoons, though. They all took it quite seriously. Stupid? Maybe. Human nature? Definitely. I wouldn't say Barack Obama looks frail by any means, though. My dad was always the skinny runt in the class, and believe me, small packages produce some real tough cookies!
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
3 Aug 08
That's really interesting. I never studied Taft that much. I just knew that he was by far our heaviest president weighing over 300lbs for a time. I'm not saying Obama is frail, but at times he looks it.
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@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
2 Aug 08
I dint think Blair was a fat man-great leaders dont just throw their weights recklessly-but I know he will e the tallest and most intellectual leade of the whole world! Tall me Any Preseident as Tall as Obama and I will show you a long list of Presidents as short as McCain!
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
2 Aug 08
the article was not at all making that point when you read the whole thing though, while I agrea, we have had some pretty short, fat, tall, skinny presidents, etc, the article wasn't saying that.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Aug 08
My dislike for Obama has nothing to do with his weight, health, skin color, eye color or his name. It has to do with who he is and what he stands for. I'd think that anyone silly enough to base their dislike on what someone looks like is pretty shallow...I'd suggest ppl do some research on him and then decide. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@anniepa (27244)
• United States
5 Aug 08
I agree, everyone should always do some research on whoever they intend to vote for for something as important as President of the United States. I've done so and there's no way I could ever vote for McCain. Annie
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@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
3 Aug 08
It is exactly this kind of reporting that is making a mockery of our whole election process. Senator Obama should be lauded and praised for his ability to stay fit and keep himself in pristine condition.
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@devylan (695)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Oh my God! I was laughing my a** off from the title through to the end! But really this isn't a laughing matter, is it? How pathetic we truly look to the rest of the world when a so-called "news" caster takes himself seriously with crap like this in his portfolio. Makes me want to cry. But wait, I'm re-reading your title. TOO SKINNY! Hahahahahahahahahahaha! LMFAO! Now I'm going to go read the article. Wow.
@soooobored (1187)
• United States
2 Aug 08
I may have read the wrong article (mine was by Amy Chozick, NOT Rupert Murdock). I'm pretty sure it was meant to be ironic! The article criticized from every angle, I'm not sure it was possibly serious.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
3 Aug 08
Hi annie, Of course Mr. Murdock is absolutely right, who could vote for someone who sets such a good example? There are all sorts of things being said about both candidates, like McCain being too old to be president, or Obama being too inexperienced, but this is certainly the best. I guess the race is all over now that everyone understands the real reason that Obama shouldn't be President. Blessings.
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@anniepa (27244)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Here's another way to look at it - if ever there were a problem that could be easily solved for most of us, it's the problem of being too skinny! I'll have to invite him to my house and give him some of my good cooking and I'll have him fattened up in plenty of time for November...lol! Annie
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• United States
4 Aug 08
Every day there is something more stupid than the day before. Lets hope that America is not this stupid. The "dumbing down" of America is just a shame.
@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Aug 08
What on earth has a mans size got to do with whether or not he makes a good candidate, I thought what was'in his 'brain was more important than the fact that he is slender and not obese, healthy and not gasping for air as maybe the over stuffed McCain is. Wow and he doesnt eat junk food, how awful, and sets a good example for all our fat american kids terrible. i suppose an overweight man with a three peice suit and a history of heart problems is more what our americans want, I just do not believe this years campaign.its ridiculous, preposterus and silly to boot. A thinking person would vote for Obama just for the fact that he is healthy and takes care of himself. isnt that what we want to teach our kids, and maybe ourselves too?
@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
3 Aug 08
This is ridiculous. I suspect, that he said that because he can't say "Obama is too black to President." without sounding racist, but we know that what he's thinking. The idea that Murdock owes The WSJ is scary for me. Not that paper was ever progressive anyway.
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
3 Aug 08
Now, are they grasping for straws or what?? What some people will do to make others look bad. They use to make fun of Clinton for his stops at McDonalds, now this lol.
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@academic2 (7010)
• Uganda
2 Aug 08
I dint think Blair was NOT a fat man-great leaders dont just throw their weights recklessly-but I know he will be the tallest and most intellectual leader of the whole world! Tell me Any Preseident as Tall as Obama and I will show you a long list of Presidents as short as McCain! LOL!
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@jerzgirl (7978)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
3 Aug 08
Well, Rupert Murdoch isn't exactly known for his rational thinking, is he? Has he actually checkout our past Presidents? Ones that come to mind are: Abraham Lincoln (hmmmm - now there was a pudgy fellow!), John F. Kennedy (looked pretty fit to me, and was physically active in more ways than one ), Lyndon Johnson (not athletic, but definitely not overweight), and, of course, James Earl Carter (not exactly my idea of a large man at all). I mean, is he looking for another Taft who once got stuck in a bathtub??? Or is he just running out of things to find fault with? I'm going to try to find the original article. I've got to see how this oaf can justify this argument!
@jerzgirl (7978)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
3 Aug 08
Aha - apparently it wasn't the MAIN oaf, but one of his oaflings. The link is well-hidden, like they're embarrassed that it even existed. Fortunately, others anticipated that and saved the link in another blog. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121755336096303089.html?mod=hpp_us_inside_today Now, here's why they may be embarrassed. And, for good reason - and fortunately, those who pay attention have captured it for posterity!! Amy Chozick is the reporter and here's some info on how she did her "research" for the article: http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/10322.html Yeah - the best and the brightest in today's so-called "liberal" MSM. Gotta love it!
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@anniepa (27244)
• United States
3 Aug 08
I apologize to everyone because I really was under the impression that Murdock himelf had written it. Oh, well, Rupert or one of his flunkies, what's the difference, right? Annie
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@jerzgirl (7978)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
3 Aug 08
Well, don't go beating yourself up over it. He didn't prevent the op-ed piece from being published and he hasn't taken a stand against it, so he might as well have said it. I just wanted to find the original link to share with others and really had to dig through quite a few things to find anything not on a blog or message board. They have made it "disappear".
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@Thoroughrob (11756)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Some people would write anything! That is crazy. I cannot believe the things people think up.
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• United States
7 Aug 08
President Taft - President Taft sitting
Too skinny? I can see being too fat but too skinny? That makes no sense. Are Americans that insecure that they won't vote for a fit, smart candidate? The last time I checked both candidates aren't fat or stupid.Neither will pass the " Bar-B-Que test." you know, would you invite the candidate to a bar-b-que?So if the public is looking for a fat dim witted person to vote for, this time they are out of luck. In fact the last fat president we had was Taft. FDR wasn't skinny but he wasn't fat either was Clinton.Both bushes are average and so was Nixon, Ford, and Carter.
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@kerriannc (4281)
• Jamaica
4 Aug 08
It is good when the President is skinny then when he goes into the White House and becomes fat then the citizen of the country will see that the only thing that the president is after is money. Our ruling party in my country they were opposition for eighteen years. They were droppy and skinny and now all of them is FAT. I call them the FAT CATS, while the citizens of Jamaica is getting skinny and mad because of the cost of living that is rising very second. This is what you can used to gauge and grade them.
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