Sunday, August 3, 2008

As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote

From The Onion, natch. Except that someone seems to have made this suggestion for real:

Speaking to donors at a San Diego fund-raiser last month, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his candidacy off track.

"Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said.

But in a nation in which 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese, could Sen. Obama's skinniness be a liability? Despite his visits to waffle houses, ice-cream parlors and greasy-spoon diners around the country, his slim physique just might have some Americans wondering whether he is truly like them.

As they said at Sadly, No!, this is beyond fucking parody. The freaking Wall Street Journal has seen fit to write an article about Obama's failure to conform to the all-American ideal of a guy sitting on his couch watching TV and eating pork rinds.

Thanks to zetawoof, posting on atomicat's LJ, for the tip.

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