Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Does our Looks-Obsessed Culture Want to Stare at an Aging Woman?

Rush Limbaugh broached an interesting topic on his radio program earlier this week, talking about the importance of looks for any modern Presidential candidate. I've heard it said that if there was a TV in every home 50 years ago, FDR would never have been elected President...he and his wheelchair and broken body.

Think back to some of the tubby Presidents we've had. Is there any chance we'd elect a 300 lb President now? And to Limbaugh's point, is American culture prepared to watch a 60 year old woman age before our eyes?

Limbaugh also makes the case that when male Presidential candidates age, they look "more authoritative, accomplished and distinguished". Remember in the last election how obsessed the media was with monitoring John Kerry's fake tan and reported botox injections?

Let's take a brief look of then vs. now....

Grover Cleveland

William Taft

John Edwards

Mitt Romney

Now go fix yourself up and use a little hair gel. Slob.

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