Awkward vid of the day: Barbara Walters asks Chris Christie if he’s too overweight to be president

posted at 6:01 pm on December 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

I hardly even know what to say about this one.

 

Christie seems to take it pretty well — he’s never really been much for political correctness or beating around the bush — and basically just dismisses the question, shooting back that his weight hasn’t impeded his ability to work vigorous 18-hour days in the crisis-management wake of Hurricane Sandy (his popularly-received-in-New-Jersey handling of which he’s clearly missing no opportunity to tout, as he still has to win his gubernatorial election in 2013).

Other than that, though, this is kind of a non-sequitur for me, so I’ll just pose a couple of questions for you guys. Are people saying that Christie couldn’t be president because of his weight? I’m sure it would’ve come up eventually, given that he’s obviously keeping a weather eye on a 2016 run for the GOP presidential nominee, but I didn’t realize we had already started down that road, and I can’t see that it’s done anything to hamper his political career so far. And another thing: Christie doesn’t sound offended, but was it a legitimate question, or was it a little too shallow/beyond the pale? Could an interviewer ever get away with asking such a thing of a woman politician (although, Walters apparently asked Hillary Clinton about her hairstyle for the same series, so, wash?), or is it Christie’s candid and bombastic personality that makes it okay? Or do we all just need to stop being so dang sensitive about this type of thing?


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I would venture to guess that his being a governor of a state in the Northeast would be more of a drawback than his weight. Hillary desperately needs to go on the TV show, “What Not to Wear”, good grief that woman looks awful all the time.

Cindy Munford on December 12, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Christie can lose weight. Hillary can’t EVER lose ugly.

they lie on December 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

4 years ago…

Walters: Bawak, are you too stupid to be pwesident?

Ellis on December 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Well Christie is sure big enough to hold the job down. He would never spread himself too thin. No one could go around him. Would the duties of job weigh too heavy on him? Maybe but for sure no one could grind him down.

Herb on December 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I’m a fairly socially moderate R girl. For instance, I have no problem with gay marriage. But I have a problem with what Chris Christie did with Obama after Sandy. It went way beyond a simple thank you and the cynic in me thinks that Christie was told if he did this for Obama he’d.. wink, wink get helped out with media attention and Barry’s indifference toward the NJ Gov. Race. There are better candidates for President.. Ryan and Rubio.. who didn’t spend time french kissing Obama.

Illinidiva on December 12, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I do see your point, but if the conservative media doesn’t like what Christie did, they should’ve just ignored it and overlooked Christie as a contender for 2016. (In other words, don’t pay attention to a guy you have no use for.) However, once the conservative pundits start piling on with criticism, that ends up emboldening the GOP establishment and the leftist media/Democrat party – all of whom love to ram their preferred candidates down our throats.

Ryan? I’d hardly call him a conservative, especially when it comes to fiscal issues – his supposed strong-suit. Ryan is a good man and would be a great candidate if his record didn’t look so much like a Democrat’s. It’s just my opinion, but records are more important to me than anything else: looks, behavior, family, friends, and so on.

Rubio? Absolutely. Sign me up, he seems to be the best option out there for 2016.

Aizen on December 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Eighteen hour days? Wow, that’s like six times what our current president works :D

Ukiah on December 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

The Conservative R Establishment media are the ones who are disgusted with Christie as of late. There are much better establishment guys, Ryan and Rubio, that they don’t have to put up with Christie’s antics. As for Rubio, you do understand that he basically does whatever the Bushies tell him to do..correct? Rubio just is a gazillion times preferable to Jeb Bush.

Illinidiva on December 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

The one word answer to that is “Taft.”

PersonFromPorlock on December 12, 2012 at 6:03 PM

+1000

unclesmrgol on December 12, 2012 at 10:31 PM

…fatso should have asked her if a stroke had caused her speech impediment!

KOOLAID2 on December 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM

The U.S. surgeon general had to deal with the weight questions too after she was appointed. Does being fat make it hard for her to be a good doctor? Want to rub her nose in it too, Babs?

lynncgb on December 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Well Christie is sure big enough to hold the job down. He would never spread himself too thin. No one could go around him. Would the duties of job weigh too heavy on him? Maybe but for sure no one could grind him down.
Herb on December 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Hehehe.

bluegill on December 12, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Judas needs to lose weight.

Hummer53 on December 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM

I have nothing against Christie running for the Wide House.

Shy Guy on December 13, 2012 at 12:49 AM

He should’a asked what his weight has to do with the job… and followed up with ‘Your speech impediment hasn’t stopped you from running your mouth and asking stupid questions for a living… so Madam… I think your a** is out on this one.’

RalphyBoy on December 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Are you too old to be a ‘journalist?’ Mizzzzzz Bahbwah.

racquetballer on December 13, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Is Candy too fat to be a ‘journalist?’

racquetballer on December 13, 2012 at 1:14 AM

Next, Barbara asks a tub of lard if it feels qualified to wear a fleece.

profitsbeard on December 13, 2012 at 2:19 AM

He should’a asked what his weight has to do with the job… and followed up with ‘Your speech impediment hasn’t stopped you from running your mouth and asking stupid questions for a living… so Madam… I think your a** is out on this one.’
RalphyBoy on December 13, 2012 at 1:00 AM

Chris Christie is morbidly obese. He is not merely overweight. There are all kinds of health problems associated with extreme obesity. People are right to ask about his physical health. When we evaluate candidates, one of the things we look at is their physical fitness to carry out the duties of the public office. When a candidate is at a particularly high risk of suffering a serious heart attack, for example, I think voters have a legitimate reason to feel concerned.

If bringing up these kinds of issues offends obese people or Chris Christie himself, then too darn bad. Obese people are fat because of their own actions. Nobody stuffed the mashed potatoes and Twinkies in their mouths. They did it themselves. So why should we have to dance around legitimate issues such as this in order to avoid potentially hurting some people’s feelings?

bluegill on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Why is she pretending to be bothered by asking this question. The woman revels in this.

Barbara Walters. Are you too old to be that phony? Haven’t you grown into your own skin yet?

Capitalist Hog on December 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Baba can’t grow into her skin! Ever week she has it tightened!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on December 13, 2012 at 7:24 AM

The answer is

Your inability to speak with proper diction didn’t stop you from being a Teleprompter reader.

Not-a-Marxist on December 13, 2012 at 7:39 AM

Has Barbara fluked too many congressmen to be an effective JournoLister?

MNHawk on December 13, 2012 at 8:19 AM

If bringing up these kinds of issues offends obese people or Chris Christie himself, then too darn bad. Obese people are fat because of their own actions. Nobody stuffed the mashed potatoes and Twinkies in their mouths. They did it themselves. So why should we have to dance around legitimate issues such as this in order to avoid potentially hurting some people’s feelings?

bluegill on December 13, 2012 at 4:22 AM

Not exactly the sensitive type are you?
Does Christie need anyone to tell him he has a weight issue?
Does the public need Barbara Walters or anyone else to point out to us that Christie is fat? It’s not exactly a revelation to any of us, is it? Last time I checked, there is no requirement for someone who is running for public office to reveal their health records. Candidates still have privacy rights, and Lord knows we could do with a little less mudslinging and a little more civility in our elections. Walters is being a boor…and so are you.

lynncgb on December 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The photo ops might be painful to watch such as him and his wife romping on the beach or jogging down the stairs of Airforce One. He’s got four years to lose the weight, but even if he did, I would never vote for him in the primary or general.

lea on December 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

lynncgb on December 13, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The fact is that, politics aside, many people have concerns about his obesity. These are legitimate concerns. This is not an unfair issue to raise. Asking the question provides Christie with a fair opportunity to address the concerns.

I don’t like Barbara Walters. But her question was totally fair. I mean, really, do we all have to pretend like Chris Christie isn’t morbidly obese? How would Christie’s extreme obesity affect a potential Christie presidency?

bluegill on December 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

To serve? Nah.

To win the campaign? Absolutely. Not that he’d ever win the GOP primary anyway…

cs89 on December 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This is not an unfair issue to raise.

bluegill on December 13, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I believe that it is. No one running for office is compelled to disclose any of their health history or any health issues they may even currently be dealing with. Just because Christie’s size is obvious, doesn’t mean his weight has become fair game for him to be questioned about or that he is now required to discuss it. He is still afforded the same right to privacy about his health as any other potential candidate. Why is Walters pointing out what is completely apparent? I don’t see any good reason.

lynncgb on December 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

In other words…any other candidate could easily hide many health issues which could be worse…and no one would ever know. As the law stands now, it’s still not anyone else’s business.

lynncgb on December 13, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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