Since tomorrow is Turkey Day and we’ll all stuff ourselves until our belt buckles moan, today is a good day to weigh in on corpulence in presidential politics.
As you may have noticed, most presidents are as thin as dowels. Barack Obama is built like a 9-iron. George W. Bush is no skeleton but is light from the neck up. Bill Clinton just missed being a porky by about one cheeseburger.
As Americans pig out and plump up, is it time for a portly president to waddle onto the American scene and crater it?
After all, tons of calories have been consumed since William Howard Taft tipped the scales at 332 pounds and got stuck in a White House bathtub. Apparently aides had to butter Taft first before he could squeeze through the door to the Oval Office.
Which brings us to chubby Republican presidential contenders such as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Imagine the damage that quartet could do on the rubber-chicken circuit as they eat their way toward Fat Tuesday in November 2012.