Chris Christie an the Time cover - 11/08/13

  First of all, let me put it out there: Chris Christie is on the large side. But he's also Governor of the state of New Jersey, and one of the presumptive leaders in the race for the Republican nomination for President.
  So when Time Magazine puts a picture of him on its cover and refers to him as "The Elephant in the Room," how should we react? It's kind of rude, because they're essentially calling him fat. But since the Republican mascot is an elephant, there's a double meaning there, so it's also a little bit ironic, if not funny. And he really does have a big presence in any room he enters.
  But does describing him as an elephant put the focus on his weight, rather than his politics? Since I can't recall Time putting out an ironic cover with either President Obama or Hillary Clinton on its cover, it makes me wonder if there's a double standard.
  Or are they just trying to get attention in a world in which printed magazines are disappearing?

 

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