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    Tuesday, May 30, 2006

    The Campaign Diet


    Can someone please help me understand why we're reading about Rep. Pelosi's disordered eating in the New York Times?

    Ms. Pelosi said she slept little, stole exercise by dashing through airports and subsisted many days on Ghirardelli chocolates ("less than 10" a day) and pistachio nuts (which she shells with her teeth).

    "I had a hamburger last night and it was my breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said last week.


    Oh yeah, because the NYT is showing us how different they are from the rest of the media:

    As the prospect of a Democratic majority gains credibility and Ms. Pelosi is more visible, she is also subjected to the speculation and analysis about her hair, makeup and clothes that any woman positioned for such a big job often must endure.

    Of course, it's not just women who are subject to dietary scrutiny. We remember President Clinton's furtive fast food, not to mention his transition to the South Beach Diet. Of course, we also hear he made sure there were tasty treats for all Cabinet meetings and strategy sessions. And Al Gore, according to New York Magazine, was spotted hiding in a hallway shoveling an ice cream sundae, after having been heckled about his weight. Someone felt the need to note Vice President Cheney's indiscretion - he salted each bite of meat. President Bush I felt the need to alert us to his transgression - he hated broccoli - but I don't think anyone much cared because he was a stick. Katherine Harris gets the "anorexic" treatment. Senator Kerry, a tall thin drink of water, found his Wendy's trip, with the Edwards clan, actually got him positive press. (I'll admit- I loved it.) Governor Huckabee hasn't been A#1 for Arkansas, but he sure has shed the pounds ... so maybe he should run for President.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger belledame222 said...

    Most of the time, our weird ambivalent puritanism about sex takes most of the focus, but as you remind us, the weirdness spills over to food, too.

    11:37 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Exactly. So President Clinton was a landmine.

    9:08 AM  

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