Published On: Fri, Sep 30th, 2011

Weighty Matters

Is Barack Obama too thin to be president? Does that explain the sudden Chris Christie boomlet? Are Americans coming to the conclusion that Barack Obama reminds them of Shakespeare’s Cassius;  Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”

Are Americans looking for a leader with more heft? Do they want someone who doesn’t appear as though he gets sand kicked in his face each time he goes to the beach? In an America, where most people are weight challenged, even the poor, is there a need for a leader who deals with that same challenge?

Chris Christie would certainly fill that need. He readily admits that he is fat. He makes no bones about the fact and appears unapologetic about it. He also demonstrates the ability to lead. He sets goals and then works to achieve them and is mostly successful in his efforts. Chris Christie is a conservative governor in the decidedly blue state of New Jersey.  When he took office, liberal policies had virtually bankrupted the state and had driven businesses out with high taxes and onerous regulations. Public employee unions dictated the terms to Democrat politicians who slavishly did their bidding. Gov Christie took on the public employee unions and changed the whole dynamic in the state. He balanced two budgets despite huge deficits without further increasing taxes. He did this with the State Legislature in the hands of the opposition party. A sharp contrast with the current occupant of the White House.

So, we have two men, one fat, one thin. One a leader, one who appears lost. If Christie should enter the presidential sweepstakes his weight may very well be an advantage.  As Shakespeare would have it “Let me have men about me that are fat; Sleek-headed men and such as sleep o’ nights.”


Editor’s Note:  History is a little vague on the exact number, but it is believed that President William Howard Taft weighed in at about 335 pounds when he served in the White House. After he left office, he “slimmed down” when he was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the only job he ever really wanted.  We do not have the numbers on Governor Christie, but he did tell Don Imus back in October 2009 that he he was going to be a “big fat winner” and weighed 550 pounds.  Judge for yourself.

About the Author

- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.