Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, has been labeled “not president material” for his obesity issues.
According to abcnews.go, columnist Mike Kinsley of ABC news is calling Christie’s weight a character flaw that completely disqualifies him from the race for presidency. All this said to a man who actually chose not to run in the 2012 presidential election.
According to washingtonpost.com, Ari Fleischer, a former spokesman for the Bush White House, said appearance, whether we want to admit it or not is a huge factor in voting outcomes.
Fleischer said he agreed with some policy ideas Christie had suggested throughout his campaign, but said appearance can be too hard to overcome.
Taking his political views and ideals out of the picture, I would simply like to say the appearance of a person should not make him more or less viable for a position in politics. This is the federal government we are talking about, not how skinny Paris Hillton can get off of cocaine or how many weaves Beyonce can wear.
With the 2008 election being the first time I could vote, I took it upon myself to educate myself rather than vote for Obama because of his ethnicity or fine physique. It is truly disappointing to see my generation and ones before me influenced to even entertain such publicity.
According to tnr.com, in 2006 two political scientists did a study on the impact outer appearance in the media has on voters who are less than informed on politics. The results showed that voters who watch a multitude of television and lack political knowledge will vote for the better looking candidate.
To me, this simply says that as viewers, we need to have a veracity thermometer that goes off every time we are misinformed by the media.
I, too, currently work in media and plan to have a career in the field because I am interested in finding and reporting the truth. However, as voters and as the future for America, we have to understand the power of knowledge and stray away from the power of reality television.
Politics should be about the underlying changes and implementations that a candidate can use to improve our nation for the better, not his daily exercise regimen.