Is Al Gore "Too Fat"?
The Chicago Tribune's Mark Caro asks if Al Gore is too fat to be President.
Many people have noticed that the former vice president has grown rather beefy. Heâ€™s become a bigger man, perhaps in more ways than one.
Iâ€™ve also heard from more than one person that Goreâ€™s added heft would make him a less attractive presidential candidate should he decide to run. The theory is that Gore would lose votes because his size is a turn-off--some sort of symbolic sign of decadence, complacency, bad diet, whatever.
Caro isn't convinced and thus has opened a poll and kept his blog comments open to ask the question. The comments as of this writing are mixed but mostly fat-neutral. An oddball comment comes from an uncreative anonymous person, comparing Gore to American Idol winner Ruben Studdard.
Gore's chub is not as extreme as Ruben's morbid obesity.
I found this interesting not because of its trollish nature (a gimme) but because here's someone setting the line of "too fat" once again. Gore is just "chubby" ("acceptably" fat) and Studdard is too fat. I wonder if that commenter also has an internal Too-Fat-O-Meter™, pointing out when people cross the invisible "too fat" line.