Yesterday the opinionated ladies of The View did what they do best: debate a pretty “hefty” topic. This time it was over Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey, and whether or not he could be president because he’s fat. Political stances aside, they did make some good points (when you can hear them as they all talk over each other–my pet peeve about the show).
On the one hand, someone’s weight and appearance should have nothing to do with their ability to perform a job. And while there have been presidents in the past whose health was called into question (like Obama with his smoking and McCain with his age), Barbara Walters said it was “ridiculous” that they were even discussing this. “It has nothing to do with his brain, it has nothing to do with his appearance.”
On the flip side, our country does have a right to be concerned with our president’s health. When someone steps into the role of one of the most powerful people in the world, we should expect him or her to bring their best possible self into the oval office. That means physically, emotionally and mentally he or she is at the top of their game and ready for the numerous pressures and unending hours at hand. “I don’t want my president dying from a heart attack because he’s overweight,” said Sherry.
Then there is the interesting point about whether we would be having the same conversation if the presidential candidate was a female. Elisabeth Hasselbeck said, “Imagine this conversation about an overweight female candidate. We would be beside ourselves.” Sherri replied: “No we wouldn’t. That’s not true.”
Take a look at the clip and let us know where you stand:
Photo: The View