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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:37 PM
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Am I imagining things, or is George W. really letting himself go?
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 07:55 PM by Lisa


First -- I should make it clear that my Canadian loyalties aren't playing a role here. Personally I think Mexico's leader is more "presidential" than the other two. (Note how the gracious host seems to be discouraging photos ...)




Canada's Globe and Mail commented that Prime Minister Martin is looking kind of paunchy (is the Tilley vest for camouflage?) -- but avoided remarking on the US President, even though the photo they showed was centred on his waistline (and fancy belt). Seems as if he's, ahem, "grown" in office -- several other DUers observed that his jowls, neck, and stomach expanded noticeably last summer, after he stopped running. I think that this trend has continued, and with him wearing more casual clothes now that the weather's warmer, it's going to be even more evident. (You know that spandex cycling outfit? It's not going to leave much to the imagination.)




Looks like George W. is engaging in a bit of damage control (suck in stomach and pose in profile).


I am no Twiggy (or Calista Flockhart, if that's showing my age too much) -- but given his habit of taunting those he feels are below him in athletic ability -- this payback is as sweet as those desserts he's struggling to give up.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:43 PM
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1. Seems to be developing a dowager's hump
Heard something about a back injury years ago. Is his spine collapsing? Perhaps the mystery package under his suit coat during the debate was one of those units that stimulates muscle to deal with chronic pain?
I thought they were worn on the belt with the wires stuck with pads to the sore area though.

The spine curling will make the belly pooch out. Take it from an old seamstress who has worked with lots of old ladies who didn't drink their milk, it is not pretty when that happens.
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:43 PM
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2. Yes, his body is starting to bulk up; but it has a long way to
go before it catches up with his flabby brain.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:43 PM
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3. Booze really packs on the pounds
and It can wear down the will to exercise.
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:19 PM
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13. But the Methamphetamine he cooks at Crawford
should have at least shaved a few pounds off him...
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ashmanonar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:44 PM
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4. i won't say a word about anyone with regards to weight.
i'm not in good shape either, so i won't blame him.

plus, he's getting to be what, 60? hell, he's keeping in fairly good shape for a 60 year old.


please don't take it that i like him, but i just don't feel like making fun of him over somethign that's likely out of his control, or at least just natural. he does plenty to make us angry and deserves our attention, why talk about this?
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:51 PM
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5. I agree -- I'm making an exception in this case ...
... because he brags about his physical prowess, and teases his staff (and even the reporters and foreign visitors) about their not being able to keep up with him.

Putting on weight and losing physical strength and flexibility is part of the normal aging process, as you point out -- but his group's been equating fitness with virtue (e.g. when they accused Clinton and Gore of being weak and corrupt when they gained weight). So the double standard has come home to roost.
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ashmanonar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:06 AM
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8. ok, i understand where you're coming from.
and yes, they're hypocrites. that one's a nobrainer.
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Bullwinkle925 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:27 PM
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9. Is that sign for real? I couldn't believe it when I saw it. WTF?
I know that some people are 'morans' - but that is extremely moranic!
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ashmanonar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:36 PM
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10. lol.
no, it's a church sign generator online.

Church Sign Generator
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Left Is Write Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:39 PM
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11. He looks like a normal man in his late 50s to me.
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Lisa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:23 PM
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14. Normal. Exactly ...
Remember how, during the 2000 campaign and most of his 1st term, there were all those reports about how he was in the top 5% of over-50 males in terms of fitness? They were constantly extolling his ability to do 3 miles in 20-odd minutes, bench-press 200 lbs, etc. -- and his "extraordinarily low" blood pressure, heart rate, and body fat? Peggy Noonan and Co. really went to town on how he was a super-athlete, and how such discipline demonstrated he would be a superb leader.

They haven't been doing that recently.

BTW, I think the Canadian PM looks average-to-good for someone of his age group (older than Bush ...)
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:59 PM
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18. Well John Kerry and Jack Layton look better than both of them.
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frylock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:54 PM
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6. he's wearing body armor..
he can't go anywhere without it. Being the most hated man on the planet has its disadvantages, one of which is that he will have to wear protection for the rest of his life.
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:55 PM
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17. Nah, that's not body armor.
That's what a person who exercises regularly then stops for a few months looks like. Believe me, since everytime I see my own profile in the mirror, it looks almost exactly like the last picture in the original post. (Neck down anyway. My facial features aren't quite that simian.)
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candle_bright Donating Member (584 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 07:59 PM
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7. These pics aren't that bad
compared to others I've seen, LOL!
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Zuni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:18 PM
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12. He has aged 15 years in the last 4 years
he has developed a gut, his hair is graying and thinning, wrinkles are showing on his face
His mental abilities, while never formidable, seemed to be failing him at crucial moments, like during the debates with Kerry.

Perhaps he is like Reagan. In my belief Reagan was suffering from Alzheimers throughout his presidency, hence his appeal to GOP extremists who could rely on Reagan losing track of his surroundings. I think Daddy Bush was behind alot of the more nefarious covert operations, and Reagan was a figurehead---a nice old man they could pump full of ideas and wheel in front of a camera.
Perhaps Daddy Bush put his son up as Reagan II, a guy with a goofy 'down-home' appeal, although with none of Reagan's affability and wit, so the rather unpleasant cabal in power could get their work done while having a moronic blunderer in front.
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:51 PM
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15. In all fairness...
even with the extended vacations he granted himself, the presidency is a rather stressful and high profile job. Before and after photos of Clinton, Papa Bush, and Reagan would all show the toll the job took on them too.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 03:52 PM
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16. bulletproof vest
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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:30 PM
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19. Hey! Pretending to be President is hard work!
He can't get out on the golf course every day.
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DrZeeLit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 04:44 PM
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20. Oooooh, baby, baby. That Vicente is a fox!
Okay, I've always had a THING for hispanic males.
Lost my virginity to a truly handsome hispanic male.

mmmmm....mmmmm....mmmmmm.

(okay, the home has sent someone to mop up my drool now)
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