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November 8, 2013

The “O” is for Obese: Take-Aways from TIME’s Christie Elephant GOP Cover

• With the silhouette making CC’s outline the main act, the double entendre here is really vicious. On the controversy scale, Yahoo equates it to the “breastfeed ‘em till they’re old enough to drive” cover. Seriously, if you’re overweight and you have to stand next to that cover in the checkout line at CVS this week, you’re collateral damage.

• Perhaps it’s an easier thing for America to a elect it’s first black president than it’s first fat one – given how image conscious we are. But maybe Christie is really not the big number here. Just as the endangered wing of the GOP asserted itself over the anorexically-libertarian Tea Partiers on Tuesday, perhaps the larger point is that the corporate wing of the party — the ones underwriting all those China-trumping-inventions and spurring the super-sizing of everything –is going large.

• Hmm, dying to know what “Gods of Food” is about.

• Now in the running for lap band poster boy and hitting the treadmill, this may all be a moot by the time the ‘16 Iowa State Fair rolls around. Hold the deep fried butter on a stick?

• Yeah, like being anointed early is a good thing!

• In spite of the focus on his size, isn’t it interesting that the anatomical feature most emphasized is still his mouth?

(photo: Dennis Van Tine. original photo caption: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Port Monmouth, NJ on Oct. 14)

  • black_dog_barking

    Alfred Hitchcock anyone?

    Two reasons Republican politicians lose weight: running for president, Mike Huckabee, Gov Christie, and the threat of prosecution, Duke Cunninghham, Karl Rove when federal prosecutors were looking at him for his role in Valerie Plame’s outing.

  • Scarabus

    As you can see, my feeble brain ran in the same channels as BDB’s great mind. I’m convinced the designers at Time intended their cover be recognized as an allusion to the profile as seen in the old Hitchcock Presents television series.

    As for his mouth’s being open, 90+% show his mouth’s being active, either talking or eating. I’d have thought it more significant if they had insisted on digging out a profile image where his mouth was closed and still.

    And, should he be elected, he would not be the nation’s first hyper-obese president. Remember the jokes about his getting stuck in a bathtub or squeezing into a White House closet for a “quickie” with his mistress?

    • jonst

      With thighs like Hillary’s I don’t think Dems are gonna want to highlight the weight issue…and I will bet there will no jokes from the Clinton camp about “quickie[s]” with “mistress[es]“, in our out of closets. Some choice…the simp and the blimp. ‘Ok, folks..step right up, you get the neoliberal in the white shirt…v. the neoliberal in the off-white blouse’.

  • Ian

    A couple years back I remember reading a piece about the rise of TV sitcoms staring overweight casts. (I wish I could remember where it was to link to it!). It’s comforting to be in the “company” of people who resemble ourselves. With about 70% of Americans overweight or obese, maybe it will go to his advantage.

    Also, nice catch on the “Gods of Food” header. Pretty hilarious. I’d love to hear the cover layout team discussing that overlay!

    CDC figure on obesity: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/overwt.htm

  • GeorgeMokray

    The light on his (bullying) mouth, the flash of (Democratic) blue shirt.

    Any picture of Christie is going to focus on his weight. That’s just the way his own presentation is.

    I knew Huckabee was not running in 2012 because I could see he wasn’t getting down to his Presidential “fighting” weight.

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