Chris Christie featured on Letterman’s Top Ten List

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Since W retired, Sarah Palin drifted out of the spotlight and Mitt Romney quit campaigning—David Letterman has relied on the rotund governor of New Jersey for more jokes than ever. And the best I have ever seen was the “Top ten signs you’re too heavy to be president.”

The newly released national health rankings showed that the state of New Jersey jumped higher in the overall rankings than any other state. They jumped from the 17th healthiest state to the 8th healthiest—leapfrogging over nine states.

But guess what? NJ’s rates of diabetes and obesity both went up.

In other words, they didn’t improve at all; they just got worse more slowly than those other nine states. Obesity jumped in one year from 23.9% to 24.8% of the adult population. This is up from just under 10% in 1990.

That computes to a 250% increase in just 22 years.

Meanwhile, Governor Chris Christie is doing his part to keep those obesity levels rising in the Garden State. So much so, that he was featured last week on Letterman’s Top Ten List—with all the humor driven by his ample girth. So for your comic relief moment of the day, take it away Governor Christie….

Top Ten Signs You’re Too Heavy To Be President

Christie Face

10. Added two more engines to Air Force One – son of a bitch still won’t take off

9. At fundraising dinners, can’t stop eating long enough to give speech

8. Even Dick Cheney is worried about your health

7. Your lapel pin is a full-sized American flag

6. 1600 would be your street address as well as your weight

5. At Thanksgiving, you would never agree to pardon a turkey

4. Willing to “reach across the aisle,” but can’t fit down the aisle

3. When someone mentions Abraham Lincoln, all you hear is “ham”

2. While you campaign in Iowa, your ass is campaigning in Wisconsin

1. Barbara Walters has to ask, “Are you too fat to be president?”

The Bottom Line. We’re never going to solve our nation’s health and obesity crises until we have top leaders leading the change—beginning with their own personal examples. Take a look at my two earlier blogs on this subject—you’ll see that Governor Christie is not our only morbidly obese prominent leader.

Consecutive daily blogs

Consecutive daily blogs

Particularly check out #3 below; it features arguably the three most prominent health care leaders in America. And you guessed it—they’re all obese. #2 blog is all about those new state-by-state health rankings. #4, 5 and 6 are a few of my other blogs that contain a little comic relief.

This just in, Monday night on Letterman, they had one more reason why someone like Governor Christie might think he’s gotten way too fat. People have started trying to put tokens in his nose because they think he’s a bus.

  1. My earlier blog on the health rankings. National Health Rankings: More bad news
  2. Related blog HBO Obesity Special: How important is the messenger?
  3. Meet more rotund leaders. Meet the “Big Three” Generals—in the War on Obesity
  4. Jon Stewart on the Queen, “Sixty years on the throne?”
  5. Diabetes; made in America — or iPhone 5; made in China?
  6. It’s time for a little levity on a Sunday morning

The man that could very well be our next Republican President

Christie Flag

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6 Responses to Chris Christie featured on Letterman’s Top Ten List

    Although Chis Christie’s recent conduct during Sandy was exemplary and he seems like a nice guy as political figures go, any public figure is fair game for humor – or in this case REALLY BIG humor. I do NOT recall him saying anything obviously contrary to fact or hypocritical.

    Must I feel guilty at laughing at disparity between what public figures say and what actually happens? I must admit that I found Jim’s post on the “Three Generals” funny also – albeit in a perverse sort of way.

    “Gebt mir zehn Jahre Zeit – und Ihr werdet Deutschland nicht wiedererkennen!” (Give me ten years’ time – and you would not recognize Germany anymore!) Adolf Hitler, 29 January 1933. SURE.

    Nothing here implies that war, as such, is humorous. Ask a veteran.
    “We Will, In Fact, Be Greeted As Liberators” – 16 March 2003 – Cheney on Meet the Press. The 9 April 2003 toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue was a staged fraudulent event fed to our US popular media.
    Since then the world largest most expensive embassy in Baghdad is being enlarged even further as the staff is slashed. Not an ordinary embassy, but a walled fortress serving to protect those Americans inside from the “liberated” Iraqis outside. Do you feel safer already? The decisions that led up to above massive boondoggle may be less apt to recur under Secretary of State John Kerry. It’s hard to forget “How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?” in his 1971 testimony against American War in Viet Nam. NEVER AGAIN?

    Humor on a par with “Low Carb Guru of Month” is all to the good.

  2. Joanne Irwin says:

    This link doesn’t apply to the discussion above, but it needs to be spread. It’s a message of hope and resilience. Years ago when I did social work, I used to tell clients that standing in manure is horrid – smelly, sticky and uncomfortable, BUT flowers are fertilized by manure, and beauty can emanate from a dung heap.
    This story will give you goosebumps. The human species is resilient and resourceful. We can create beauty from darkness.

  3. Susan Sasek says:

    I have to agree with Irene-this submission was a bit mean spirited as is David Lettermen. I think it would be much better to reach out to him with a copy of Forks Over Knives and compassion. He needs help. Perhaps follow it up with a copy of Dr. Lisle’s book, the Pleasure Trap. We will never help anyone by making them feel ashamed.

    • Yes, buying fat people the Handy 4-piece take-charge-of-your-health kit for x-mas would be a splendid idea. You both solve the what to buy puzzle and help them at the same time.

  4. Irene says:

    I understand that today’s blog was meant to be on the light-hearted side, as well as highlighting the obesity epidemic in the U.S., but I don’t think that cruel jokes about a person’s size is going to motivate them (or others) to change. I know it never worked with me. However, what did work was a friend bringing me to her vegetarian society meetings, even though I was not one at that time. As time went on, I became more educated from hearing the after dinner speakers. I wish for Mr. Christie that he gets help from a friend in a way similar to the way that mine helped me. P.S. In 2012 I lost 45 pounds switching to a plant-based way of eating and have 5 pounds to go to my goal weight.

    • Joanne Irwin says:

      Have to add another 2 cents. Much of what is wrong in our country is elevating self at the expense of others. Discourse is mean-spirited. Instead of focusing on what we don’t like or agree with – the behaviors – we attack one’s personhood. That has to stop. Letterman’s jokes about Christie are disgusting.
      Flying north to Cape Cod for Christmas, I secured an aisle seat – my favorite. As the plane filled I noticed two very heavy gentlemen, one of whom was morbidly obese, checking seat numbers and looking at my row. Much to my initial dismay, they occupied the other two seats. And I say initial because I have to admit that there is bias in our society toward the obese; myself included. I prayed to remain open and accepting, and see the Divine in them as the Divine is in each of us.
      My heart ache as the obese gentleman squeezed his way to the window seat, and I mean squeezed and struggled. His partner who sat in the middle was extremely overweight, as well. I silently wondered if there would be enough room for the 3 of us.
      Over the course of three hours, I enjoyed a wonderful discussion with my new found friend in the middle. He and his lifelong partner have not only endured bigotry for being gay, but, no doubt, endure other slurs due to their size. I had an opportunity to gently share what I teach, and discovered their openness to the information. He expressed a desire to regain his health. The two of them had just purchased a home in FLorida and wanted to begin a new life. I encouraged them to not only check out PCRM’s site, my own, and Jim’s, but encouraged them to watch the DVD’s that we all know make a difference.
      When our flight ended, I shook hands and bid these two seemingly nice men a fond farewell, with hopes that their new life in Florida is filled with many blessings. And I thanked the Divine for seating these two sweet gentlemen next to me. They were a sign to me of the true message of Christmas. Being the change we want to see happen, and living it with love, dignity and respect might do more to encourage others to embrace this lifestyle of health and wellness than all the tauntings and name calling that are so tragically prevalent and accepted in our American culture.

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