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You Must Be Joking: Too Fit to Be President?

Seriously, this is what Rupert Murdoch is going to do to the Wall Street Journal?
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.


"I won't vote for any beanpole guy," another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

What? WHAT?! This cannot be in the (formerly) well-respected Wall Street Journal. This cannot be an actual issue in the election for the President of the United States. Shame on Amy Chozick, shame on the WSJ for running this yellow journalism. And shame on us for ever allowing something like this to get traction.

If you think this is anywhere near to being a consideration for who you should vote for, you're an idiot. Sure, you should consider the health of the candidate, but make it real health concerns, not someone's height. If anything, maybe we shouldn't vote for the guy who would become the oldest sitting President, if elected. Maybe the WSJ's efforts would have been better spent talking about potential Vice Presidential candidates.

Better yet, let's weigh the candidates on issues, ask them the hard questions (and demand answers), pin them down on positions we've allowed them to squirm away from with double-speak.

But this kind of crap is beneath the WSJ. Or, at least it was until Murdoch and Co. took over. It appears now, voters will have to wade through another Fox News-like medium to get to real stories.

Update: It just gets better and better. The "source" for the earth-shattering story about whether Obama is too fit to be elected? A Yahoo message board response (Google cache of the thread). Read the non-cached version for the deserved mockery and derision that follows.

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