"Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback"?!?!?!?!?!

  • auryn

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    Aug 01, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    What the hell? He's not white enough, not black enough, is acting too much like he's the president, now this.... REALLY?!? You've got to be joking... and in the Wall Street Journal... WTFH. WHAT?!?!

    Too Fit To Be President?
    Here's a little taste:

    Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.

    "Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said.

    But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.


    Has the America gone nucking futs?!icon_evil.gif

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    Aug 02, 2008 2:57 AM GMT
    My favorite sentence in the ridiculous story:

    ":The Obama campaign declined to comment for this article."
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    Aug 02, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    Auryn said Has the America gone nucking futs?!

    I'm going to assume that was a rhetorical question.
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 02, 2008 3:22 AM GMT
    No, wait, I think the WSJ is right on this. I mean, why elect a president who weighs a puny 180# when we could get one that's like 300#!!!! That's like getting TWO presidents for the price of one! icon_lol.gif

    AMERICA DESERVES MORE! Yes, LITERALLY!!! icon_lol.gif


    The Great Khali for president!!!!
  • CincyBOJ

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    Aug 02, 2008 4:38 AM GMT
    -- "I would like to vote for a president"

    == "Would you like to supersize it for 59ยข ?"
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    Aug 02, 2008 4:50 AM GMT

    His good looks are what turn me off.
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    Aug 02, 2008 4:54 AM GMT
    I'm moving out the country. I don't care where, but I'm leaving. These dumb a$$ "articles" and dumb ass US-Americans are more of a pain in the ass than the first time I had anal sex.
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    Aug 02, 2008 5:47 AM GMT
    and people thought the journalistic integrity of the journal would sink after Murdoch bought them out...
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    Aug 02, 2008 7:39 AM GMT
    Ugh. The press really needs to start focusing on the issues here, and not this kind of crap.
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    Aug 02, 2008 8:16 AM GMT
    I think a lot of Americans will feel intimidated by Obamas intelligence, style and trimness. Just like in real life, when people feel inadequate or not as good as the next guy, the only solution is to knock the elitist down.

    You gotta wonder if Americans were stupid to elect Pres. Kennedy......the Camelot of the 60's...style, grace, youthful vigor. What terrible qualities to have as president.
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    Aug 02, 2008 8:53 AM GMT
    Slow news day.


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    Aug 02, 2008 9:09 AM GMT
    Greg0201 saidSlow news day.
    No, sadly it's not. But we're being told this is news to keep us stupid and off-balance. And they keep ramming it down our throats, gagging us into silence.

    Check out this site for better news:
    http://therealnews.com/t/
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    Aug 02, 2008 9:33 AM GMT
    I grew up to be a pretty healthy adult. I did not need, nor did my parents need, the government to tell us how to eat. We did a pretty good job on our own. I have five siblings. They all ate the same as me. None of us are dead from transfats, ect. None of us are dead from all the things people kept saying would kill us. My Mom smoked, before and after her pregnancies. Would I advise it now? Probably not, but a whole generation of us came of age with parents that smoked, fed us transfats, bacon, whatever.

    We have become the biggest weenie nation. Blame it all on parents, bad diet, whatever. Who just wants to say anymore that my life sucks because of me, my health sucks because of me, I am where I am because of me?

    No one. It is always someone else's fault. Parents, schools, government.

    That is why I stopped being a Democrat. All they wanted to do was blame other people. You are rich, so I am poor. What a sad life philosophy.

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    Aug 02, 2008 9:55 AM GMT
    Triggerman said
    That is why I stopped being a Democrat. All they wanted to do was blame other people. You are rich, so I am poor. What a sad life philosophy.


    That is a complete mis-characterization of Democratic ideals, and anyone who spouts crap like that is showing symptoms of Limbaugh-poisoning.

    By all means, stop being a Democrat if you wish. Vote for Darth Vader for all I care. But this constant drivel about how the Democratic party is all about finding someone to blame---that's hilarious, considering that the Republican party is all about hatin' on (in historical order) communists, blacks, and now gays.
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:19 AM GMT
    Hey kissingpro-

    Kennedy? How about his arrogance to meet with Kruschev totally unprepared in the first year of his Presidency. Which his aides have well documented in their biographies in several books. Which he admitted later, according to his aides? Which led to the building of the Berlin Wall? Because Kruschev knew after meeting with Kennedy he could build without interference from the West. He laughed at Kennedy; thought he was weak and a joke.

    Bay of Pigs: Another Kennedy debacle based on inexperience that cost us lives and support from the international community. JFK did not listen to senior advisors, but only from his own "trusted" group of Harvard and Yale friends, like McNamara.

    Vietnam: Another Kennedy debacle because he was young and inexperienced. Kennedy, a Democrat, got us into that war because he did not understand the situation. He was naive and stupid, and he got us into a war he did not understand, among people he knew nothing about. And then President Johnson, another Democrat, got us deeper into that war.

    Who got us out? Sorry, not a Democrat. Nixon, a Republican, got us out of the mess that Kennedy started. Nixon got us peace and out, though we really got out under Ford, another Rebublican.

    Who took us into World War Two? A fight that had nothing to do with us? Another European War? Franklin Roosevelt. Another Democrat! Suprise suprise.

    But Clinton took us into Bosnia where Americans died for what? Serbo-Croatian independence? That is very important to my life. I am so glad that Serbo-Croatians are independent.

    Missles of October- Ring a bell? When Kennedy took us to the brink of nuclear war? Literally the brink? When the decisions of a few captians on boats off of Cuba to attack or not attack Russian subs below them made the difference between nuclear war or not.

    Yes, give me the good old days of Camelot...

    When my President was so jacked up on drugs: barbituates, painkillers, codeine and morphine from serious back problems that I am sure his decisions were completely rational.

    Yeah!! Camolet. Yeah!!!

    Obama= JFK

    That scares me.
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:35 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidVietnam: Another Kennedy debacle because he was young and inexperienced. Kennedy, a Democrat, got us into that war because he did not understand the situation. He was naive and stupid, and he got us into a war he did not understand, among people he knew nothing about. And then President Johnson, another Democrat, got us deeper into that war.

    Who got us out? Sorry, not a Democrat. Nixon, a Republican, got us out of the mess that Kennedy started. Nixon got us peace and out, though we really got out under Ford, another Rebublican.

    Who took us into World War Two? A fight that had nothing to do with us? Another European War? Franklin Roosevelt. Another Democrat! Suprise suprise.


    Really amazing how smug you are, when you know so little about what you're talking about.

    1. Kennedy did not "get us into" Vietnam. Eisenhower, a Republican, committed the first advisers in 1958.

    2. Johnson did escalate the war, but that had nothing to do with "Dem v. Rep" policies. There was a bipartisan consensus at the time that communism had to be contained, a doctrine first enunciated by George Kennan and followed until the end of the Vietnam War by both parties.

    3. Nixon was the president at the time of the end of the Vietnam War, but to credit him with ending it is pure stupidity. He LENGTHENED the war. He was voted in in 1968 on the strength of his "secret plan" to end the war, but he decided to keep our involvement going through 1972 in order to use it as a re-election issue. Much the way the Republicans now attempt to use the "war" on terror to win them now.

    4. Ford had nothing to do with Vietnam at all. Our troops were already repatriated when Saigon fell in April of 1975.

    5. FDR did think--and some MIGHT agree--that democracy and Europe were worth fighting for, but even if you find that point debatable (and I'm not sure people like you really have a problem with fascism), the fact is that we did not declare war with Japan or Germany until we were attacked at Pearl Harbor.

    Considering the vast swamp of your ignorance, where the fuck DOES your arrogance come from? It certainly doesn't come from knowing anything.
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:41 AM GMT
    jprichva-

    Why do you always tie me into Rush Limbaugh? I don't listen to the guy, never have, I have no idea what he thinks. Is that your best way to diminish what I say? Do your arguments not have enough weight on their own? I doubt it cause you ALWAYS start your debates with me by mentioning a talk show host that I do not listen to. If you need that to buck up you arguments, fine. Do it. It is weak and tells readers a bit of how weak your arguments are, but keep doing it. But keep doing it. I trust that the people reading this are smart enough to know the difference. My arguments stand on their own. Agree, disagree, but I stand on my own. I have no need to bring in references to outside sources to discredit you. If you feel the need, so be it. Let the readers judge our statements.
  • GQjock

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    Aug 02, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    Wow... Can they do ANYTHING but talk about the Issues in the race?

    First it was a friggin' lapel pin
    then he was elitist
    then his name sounded too much like Osama
    then was too black
    then he wasn't black enough

    and now he's too thin?

    WTF People icon_neutral.gif
    and the sad thing is most people will actually think this article as real political discourse
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    Nice. I love your revisionist view of history. It serves you well. How about cracking a history book?
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:48 AM GMT
    I think jprich got it completely right.
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    Aug 02, 2008 10:56 AM GMT
    jprichva-

    What can I say? I wake up every morning saying, "Damn, I love this country!!! It has given me everything I need to have a great life!!!

    You wake up every morning saying, "Damn, this country has screwed me in every way possible!"

    I would rather live my life.
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    Aug 02, 2008 11:00 AM GMT
    Mcgay-

    You might be absolutely right.
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    Aug 02, 2008 11:07 AM GMT
    Triggerman saidjprichva-

    What can I say? I wake up every morning saying, "Damn, I love this country!!! It has given me everything I need to have a great life!!!

    You wake up every morning saying, "Damn, this country has screwed me in every way possible!"

    I would rather live my life.


    That shows the smugness AND the ignorance in spades.

    You haven't the faintest idea what I wake up in the morning saying. Try this on for size though: what makes this country great is not people who spout ignorant half- and quarter-truths and preen themselves on their self-sufficiency when the only thing they are really self-sufficient in is a completely unearned self-regard.
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    Aug 02, 2008 11:25 AM GMT
    Man, did I hit a nerve with you. At least you admit that half of what I say is true and sometimes 3/4 of what I say is true. That's a start. Before you used to say all my stuff was bullshit. I will take 1/2 and 3/4. You are obviously moving in my direction. When you get more educated, it will be 5/6 and 11/13. Read books, listen to public radio. CNN. It will get you 1/27 closer.

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    Aug 02, 2008 11:27 AM GMT
    Talk about revisionist! Wtf is that? New math?