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Obama is too thin to win

  1. Aug 3, 2008 #1
    This is a new low! How on Earth can a candidate be "too thin to win"?

    http://thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1071160.html

    ps- Obama is "elitist" & "out of touch with average Americans?!" Before becoming vice president, Cheney was on the board of Halliburton! He & Bush both make way more money than Obama ever has. I guess intelligence is what makes someone "elitist" in the US, and we all know what a huge liability intelligence is in US politics.
     
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  3. Aug 3, 2008 #2

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    Bush while elitist is at least in touch with average Americans as a result of his own appalling youthful character lapses. But such qualities as averageness - at least insofar as they have been worn by Bush - look ill suited to the solving of the national problems. While McCain is a step up from Bush, it is not that hard to be brighter than a dim bulb..

    I think Obama's biggest obstacle is still his race. "Thin" looks to me to be a proxy - one of many - for saying they aren't voting for him - basically citing anything but race. But Bush-Cheney-Rove have so mucked up things with the economy and foreign policy, I think the Democrats could run a Billy Goat with a decent expectation of winning. I doubt a hard charging Teddy Roosevelt could save the GOP this go round.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2008 #3

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    Hollow-chested, scrawny kids are puny fighters. It's that simple. :smile:
     
  5. Aug 3, 2008 #4
    So is that what he meant when he said "I don't look like those Presidents on the dollar bills."?
     
  6. Aug 3, 2008 #5
    I base my voting decision on the likeliness of me beating the candidate's butt in a fight. If I can stomp the dude, why should I vote for him? This is why I think Arnold Schwarzenegger would be the greatest President ever!
     
  7. Aug 3, 2008 #6
    I don't understand why some people try to obligate you with greasy food, and then have the nerve to be insulted when you decline to eat it. I guess their entire lives revolve around food.

    The accusations that Obama is 'elitist' and 'arrogant' are a very thinly veiled form of the old racial slur, that the educated black man is 'uppity' or that he 'doesn't know his place.'

    Here is a link to a blog discussion of this, because I have not seen any discussion yet in the mainstream media (besides a single political cartoon in the salt lake tribune). Note that I do not endorse this blog, and I did not get this idea from this blog; the page I linked is the third result in a google search for the word 'uppity.'
     
  8. Aug 3, 2008 #7
    Still, the "black" guy got picked over the "white" girl. Americans don't want a chick as president it seems:rolleyes:

    Anyways, what's wrong with him being "elitist" and "arrogant"?
     
  9. Aug 3, 2008 #8
    Personally, I don't think that there is anything wrong with pointing out that all politicians are elitist and arrogant; I don't necessarily even think that those are bad qualities (unless the arrogance is ill-founded).

    The problem is that, in this case, 'elitist' and 'arrogant' are code words designed to invoke old fashioned black slurs in parts of the country where racism is still highly present.
     
  10. Aug 3, 2008 #9
    Using "elitist" and "arrogant" has nothing to do with "black slurs". Those words became epithets ever since Bush & Co took office. Those words were used as "bad words" to describe Kerry et all last election campaign.

    They are used as slurs to mean, "Not regular folks like you and me. They think they're 'too good' for us, unlike me. Me? I'd sit down, have a beer with y'all and chew the fat. I understand you because y'all can understand me. I'm not one of those 'intellectual' types who think I'm too good for y'all". It's neo-con talk for, "Don't look at how much money we actually have and that, yes, we actually do think we're too good for you. But hey! Look over there! Those guys speak in complete sentences. How dare they!"
     
  11. Aug 3, 2008 #10

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    The Huffington Post is a very biased leftwing opinion blog, just FYI for those that are not familiar with it.
     
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    Evo

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    No, and that's why I am allowing it.
     
  15. Aug 3, 2008 #14

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    Kennedy was thin and young for the time.

    Lincoln looked emaciated.

    I've read about how drastically political campaigns changed due to tv, a lot of former Presidents would have never gotten elected. FDR was one that they said might have been passed over for election.
     
  16. Aug 3, 2008 #15

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    And GW Bush has always been quite fit, as well. It mystifies me how the Wall Street Journal can state that (quoting the OP) "Obama might be too thin and too fit to appeal to voters who tend to like candidates with flaws that they can identify with."

    Besides, they ended that sentence with a preposition. Tsk.
     
  17. Aug 3, 2008 #16

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    That's really stupid, IMHO. So maybe a photo op sitting on a couch scratching himself and drinking beer?

    :rofl:
     
  18. Aug 3, 2008 #17

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    Perhaps this is Murdoch's subtly toning down appearances of elitism? He's reaching down market?
     
  19. Aug 4, 2008 #18

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    I'd turn down all that crap, too. Hell, I don't even like chocolate very much. I'd probably get slaughtered in Pennsylvania.
     
  20. Aug 4, 2008 #19

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    :rofl: Just hand over any chocolate to the sisterhood, and we'll take care of you. :biggrin: And for those worried, now that Obama has quit smoking for the campaign, he's sure to put on some weight. :wink:

    More seriously, this is one of the more bizarre arguments I've heard, and it sounds like a lot of excuse-making to me. This candidate is too thin, that one too short, blah blah blah. It's really sad when appearances are what are factoring into people's decisions, or when it's appearances that candidates are using to explain away the reasons voters are not preferring them (it seems to work both ways as far as I've observed). I can think of a lot of pros and cons for each candidate right now, and none of them takes into account appearances.
     
  21. Aug 6, 2008 #20
    obama's jacked..............
     
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