It’s time America had a fat president

Last week, President Obama strolled the beaches for a photo op with Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, a self-described “fat redneck.” Our beanpole president made quite a contrast to the chubby gov, who, as the New York Times noted Sunday, resembles “an adult version of Spanky from the Little Rascals.”

Newsweek calls Barbour “the anti-Obama,” but the Times downplayed his presidential prospects. Apparently, Haley needs to slim down if he’s serious.
Is corpulence really a disqualification for the presidency in the land of supersized fries? If so, that’s a shame.

America might do better with a fat president. After all, some of our best have been big fellows, and lately the trim and ambitious types haven’t served us so well.
“Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look; he thinks too much. Such men are dangerous,” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comments to Marc Antony. “Let me have men about me that are fat … such as sleep o’ nights.”

Read more at the Washington Examiner
6/21/10