Omnivore - Must Obama eat more fat to become president?

Can someone please give us a damn break. This is the headline on a column in the Wall Street Journal on Friday: "Too Fit to Be President? Facing an Overweight Electorate, Barack Obama Might Find Low Body Fat a Drawback."

You'd think this was a joke. But it seems not to be:

The candidate has been criticized by opponents for appearing elitist or out of touch with average Americans. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll conducted in July shows Sen. Obama still lags behind Republican John McCain among white men and suburban women who say they can't relate to his background or perceived values.

He's too new ... and he needs to put some meat on his bones," says Diana Koenig, 42, a housewife in Corpus Christi, Texas, who says she voted for Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

"I won't vote for any beanpole guy," another Clinton supporter wrote last week on a Yahoo politics message board.

The article goes on and on, discussing his elitist diet and exercise. Read the entire example of journalism as theater of the absurd here.

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