Is the Grim Reaper Advising All the Candidates?

Libertarian Democrat Terry Michael has penned an interesting essay about baby boomers, medically challenged pols, and the presidential election. He asks how the health concerns about the leading contenders (and their spouses) will play out during Campaign '08.

Among the serious Democrats, most seem more fortunate than the Edwards family, though a possible First Gentleman, Hillary's husband, had coronary by-pass surgery in 2004, and potential contender Al Gore is suffering from global girth, an un-youthful appearance problem that has also plagued Gov. Bill Richardson....

If mortality is on the minds of voters in November 2008, it can't hurt Mr. Romney that he looks like he was genetically programmed to be a master of the universe, with Olympic bearing and industrial strength hair. And that picture of 45-year-old Sen. Barack Obama emerging shirtless from the surf is deja vu all over again for those of us who remember a famous black-and-white photo of a slender John Kennedy wading out of the water on a California beach. Ironically, JFK may have been the most health-challenged man to serve in the White House, suffering from a host of illnesses, all concealed from the voting public in a time when that was possible....

We youth-enchanted Boomers may find that healthy-looking faces and sturdy bodies weigh heavily in our decisions about "Leadership for our 60s," to slightly paraphrase the slogan on that big vibrant red, white and blue "Kennedy for President" poster stored in our collective memory.

Pop a Viagra and read the whole thing here.

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    Man, if I pop a Viagra I'm not gonna read about Al Gore's girth.

  • Passim||

    OK, I'm no Abercrombie & Fitch model*, but I look better shirtless than Obama. Plus, his lungs are blacker than his hair, while mine are pretty pink.

    Clearly, I should be president.

    *i.e., I'm not 12.

  • Timothy||

    Are you saying black lungs are ugly?

    LUNG RACIST!

  • Passim||

    Speaking of which, and completely OT, should I be concerned that my 12-yo boy recently said that a live male model A&F had at the mall--wearing nothing but boxers--looked "hot"?

  • VM||

    No you shouldn't.

    (in part cuz there's no cause for concern)
    (also in part cuz that term is thrown around - he's checking out what it means, how it works, etc.)

  • Passim||

    YES, black lungs are INFERIOR!

    Seriously, I sometimes wonder what Obama's smoking might do for his campaign. I do admire his admitting it, but I do not for a moment believe his "I'm trying to quit" BS.

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    Obama's lungs aren't REALLY black, you know...

  • Passim||

    VM

    thanks again...but I know he's going to be gay...and I'm trying to be supportive without pushing him into a mold...agony

    Although, I must say, he was right: that dude was hot!

  • Passim||

    joe,

    yes they are! He has NEGRO lungs! Dirty! Dirty!

    OSN: how important is physical health, really?
    We've all seen the email fwd about the three candidates for "leader": the first 2 have appalling health & personal habits, while the third has wonderful traits...but then there's a surprise...

  • VM||

    "Although, I must say, he was right: that dude was hot!"

    see! he's already a confident observer of "Greek God Status". GGS appears in males and females and is totally appropriate to celebrate!

    "nd I'm trying to be supportive without pushing him into a mold...agony"

    be loving. that'll be supportive and more!

    Joe -

    are too! I read his lungs and spleen were roommates at the Boarding School for Future Islamiscist (sic) Terr'rists.

    You should see the electives his uvula took, BTW!!!!

  • Timothy||

    joe: are you saying Obama isn't a REAL black man?

    RACIST!

  • Passim||

    VM

    the loving thing is easy, despite my inherent hatred of all things young and healthy: one big grin and I'm done for...I hate kids.

    Anyway, let's end this tangent..

    Obama: snowball's chance in hell...

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    Obama seems to be in great shape, as long as his liver isn't the part of that's Irish, of course.

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    part of him

  • ||

    Look, clearly, Obama has Lungs of Color...

    And Fox News is quoting a guy who has a Pakistani neighbor as saying that Obama's brand was Camels...

    Now, I'm not saying anything is definite, but clearly, there is a cloud over Barack Obama's lungs.

  • :-||

    Lungists!
    Of course, the question is not whether his lungs are black, but whether they are black enough.

  • VM||

    Cab - what, you'd be happy with a little new potato johnson for our prez?

    c'mon. We had president "el producto" cigar man and president "goldenrod" pretzel rod. then....

    ahem

    do you know the nubbin man
    nubbin man nubbin man
    do you know the nubbin man
    down on white house lane?


    *colonel enters

    we must stop this immediately. It's become far too silly.

  • Just Sayin\'||

    He smokes Camels and not menthols...that's a clue.

  • Passim||

    Personally, I preferred Sobranie Black Russians back in the days when I smoked. They tasted like crap, but they looked soooo cool!

    Sadly, the only place I can find them now is, oddly enough, Russia.

    joe,

    you kill me.

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    VM - oh, it can get sillier. Wait until someone writes something in haiku format.

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    "He smokes Camels and not menthols...that's a clue."

    In his post-college days, he used to organize "No Newps" rallies.

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    Black Russians?

    RACIST!

  • Passim||

    Black Russians I smoked
    The Ultimate in Sexy
    Until I coughed phlegm

  • Passim||

    (Can you tell I have the day off?)

  • Passim||

    ooooh...substitute "blood" for "phlegm"

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    I gotta agree with "Passim" - if I was a fat slob like Obama, there's no way I'd be taking off my shirt in public...

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    Obama has one black lung and one white lung.

    The white lung thinks the black lung is "one of the good ones" and really quite articulate.

    The black lung is secretly scared that other people's black lungs may not think it's black enough.

  • Dr. Biden||

    His one black lung is clean.

  • Jack||

    Obama's lungs are suprisingly pink, much like the palms of his hands

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    Have any of you guys read the writings of the radical black lung, Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis X?

  • VM||

    "Stevo Darkly | April 5, 2007, 3:23pm | #
    Have any of you guys read the writings of the radical black lung, Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis X?"

    don't they sing, "much like suffocating?"

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    Stevo Darkly,

    I've never read anything by him, but I saw the movie, and I had the hat. The hat was fly!

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    I always spelled with a "k";

    Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis X.

    Oh well, must be a different guy.

  • Rhywun||

    he's checking out what it means, how it works, etc.

    Hm. I think by 12 a kid knows exactly what that means. I know I was well aware of what I needed to do in order to not seem gay well before that age.

  • VM||

    Hi Rhywun -

    what I meant was that he heard the "he was hot" thrown around and was experimenting with what that meant. Not being gay or not gay. Rather, experimenting with "hot/ not hot" or expressions thereof.

    "I needed to do in order to not seem gay well before that age."

    And that's one of the biggest pissers going. argh! That shouldn't have to be the case.

    Love is love is love is love. The fundies' obsession with what they imagine sex to be is insulting to everybody who's in a supportive, loving relationship. That's what it is. Two individuals who love and support each other. Live and grow. Laugh, and cry. You know, live and share lives.

    ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Obama's lungs are suprisingly pink, much like the palms of his hands

    First funny post on this thread.

    Because it took balls.

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    Is the Grim Reaper Advising All the Candidates?

    You bet he is! Vote Billy/Mandy 2008!

  • Rhywun||

    Love is love is love is love.

    Yeah, there's that... but we're talking 12 years old. "Love" doesn't figure into it. "Not seeming a faggot in front of your peers" is a rather more important consideration at that age, whether you're gay or straight, unless times have changed a lot more than I thought. If he were say 6, I could imagine him "testing" an expression like that. My contention is that a 12-year-old knows what that means already. The kid is either really innocent or really comfortable with himself. Or just being ornery.

  • VM||

    "My contention is that a 12-year-old knows what that means already. "

    you could be right. I had not thought of that (thinking back to when I was 12).

    Chalk this moose to being in the innocent crowd.....

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