Chris Christie: Spectre of the Tub

Andrew J. Lederer's BRAND NEW LIFE

We once had some great fat men in this country. Not just funnymen like Jackie Gleason and men-about-town like Diamond Jim Brady, but also fat athletes like Babe Ruth.

We even had a president so fat he got stuck in the White House bathtub and did we consign him to the dustbin of history as we have more recent national figures of ridicule? No, he was no Dan Quayle or Anthony Weiner (hee-hee), this man was extricated with the best technology available (which may have been a pat of butter) and went on to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, the only former president to have done so.

So, where have all the fat men gone?

The public ones, I mean.

With the exception of President John Travolta, no contemporary figure of girth has been allowed to scale the heights of public seriousness since the early part of the…

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