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  •  Kennedy, for all his glowing image of health, (6+ / 0-)

    was probably less healthy overall when elected than Reagan was.  He was suffering from a laundry list of physical problems.

    Turns out, that really wasn't all that important.

    Anything can happen. Don't vote for a candidate who picks a VP you wouldn't be happy to have as President.

    "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

    by JesseCW on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 06:52:32 AM PST

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    •  not a great example (1+ / 0-)
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      as kennedy was shot in the head with a rifle and died two years into his term. who knows what would have happened to him, healthwise, had he lived beyond 1963? there is a reason he concealed his health problems from the voting public: he would not, and probably should not, have been elected, because he suffered from multiple debilitating/life threatening illnesses throughout his life.

      the presidency of the united states is not a normal job. do fat, thin, tall, short, stupid, smart, male, or female applicants normally have to submit years of tax returns when applying for a normal job? do we scrutinize every single detail of their personal and professional lives when they apply for a normal job? can you ask questions about an applicants religious background in a normal hiring process? do normal workers typically have to work 20-hour days, 7 days a week for 4 to 8 years straight in a role that has massive, immediate impact on the lives of anywhere from 300 million to 7 billion people? no.
      is it discriminatory for voters to be leery of voting for someone because they dont think theyre healthy enough to be the president? yes. the entire process is discriminatory based on all sorts of factors. and frankly, yes, age is absolutely fair game. i have very serious concerns about voting for a 70+ year old hilary to become president. does that mean im suggesting it should be illegal for old or fat people to be president? no -- so quit pretending that anyone is saying that.

      has christie so far been able to do whatever it is he does while being obese? yes. but so what? everything is on the table where candidates for the presidency are concerned. no one anywhere has said that being obese should be illegal, unconstitutional, disallowed, or otherwise automatically disqualifying where presidential candidacies are concerned. they have merely mentioned it as a potential factor in deciding who to vote for. which i find to be entirely reasonable.

      i also love how people here are like, "OH, WE HAVE A VP. NO BIG DEAL IF THE PREZ DIES IN OFFICE!" like its just some minor glitch that wont have any effect on the world.

      •  That's exactly my point. I'm sorry, it seemed (5+ / 0-)

        absolutely obvious to me.

        ANY President may die in office.  You have no idea who has a defective heart valve or other non-visible health condition that might cause them to die prematurely.

        Even if they're healthy, they still might be killed. Reagan missed being killed by (literally) a matter of an inch and half.  Kennedy was killed.

        If you looked at them both, you'd have thought "There's no risk of LBJ becoming President, and GHWB probably will".

        But that's not how it turned out.

        If you're not ok with the VP becoming President, you shouldn't support that ticket.  It might happen, and you don't have sufficient information to even figure the odds.

        "I have often seen people uncivil by too much civility, and tiresome in their courtesy." Michel de Montaigne

        by JesseCW on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 07:32:51 AM PST

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      •  if more people paid attention to VP candidates (0+ / 0-)

        i'd be less worried.

        Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
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        by TrueBlueMajority on Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 08:37:52 AM PST

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