There is a Republican elephant in the living room (and the 2016 presidential race).
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had a primetime (some say prime rib) moment Wednesday when he was interviewed by Barbara Walters for her annual "10 Most Fascinating People" show. But the interview took on an ugly tone when Walters asked Christie if he is too fat to run for President in 2016.
Christie called the suggestion that he couldn’t be president of the United States because he is overweight, "ridiculous." The boorish, headline grabbing leader added that his health hasn’t prevented him from working long hours to help his state recover from Hurricane Sandy.
"Well, I’ve done this job pretty well," he said. "I think people watched me for the last number of weeks during Hurricane Sandy doing 18-hour days and getting back up the next day and still being just as effective in the job, so I don’t think that will be a problem."
Walters started the question by saying
she was "uncomfortable" asking him about it — but it didn't stop her. At another point in the show, she asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her hair. Clinton handled the question with equal aplomb and Walters dismissively added, "Nobody asks the men that."
While it may be tempting and fun to pile on Christie; a man who has a propensity to cast the first cupcake in a political food fight; some important questions arise from among the New Jersey Gyros:
Would anyone ask a woman about her weight and if it would prohibit her from running for office?
Did Walters show a double standard by asking Christie about his weight?