Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | October 9, 2009

Can I get an Amen?

Dr. David Kessler, former FDA Commissioner under George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as quoted on Jeffrey Goldberg’s blog at The Atlantic:

No one should be criticized for being overweight. We’re all wired to respond to different stimuli — sex, gambling, alcohol, illegal drugs — and for many people it’s food. I would rather have this problem than some of these other problems. Some of the world’s greatest leaders, from Winston Churchill to Ted Kennedy, struggled with their weight. This struggle has nothing to do with leadership abilities. It doesn’t translate into a lack of control in any other part of a person’s life.  In any case, voters identify with people  who are honest and open about their struggles. To be cruel to someone because of this struggle is just unacceptable. It shows a lack of understanding about human nature, and about the environment in which we live.

Context: Kessler’s comment was made in regard to an ad from Democrat Jon Corzine, running for re-election as New Jersey’s governor, highlighting his opponent’s weight.

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