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Politicians often held to inappropriate criticism

caines | 2/14/2013, 4:30 a.m.

I never want to run for office because everything about you comes under scrutiny as do your family and friends. Univision wanted to do an interview with Senator Marco Rubio but he refused. So they dredged up an old story of a drug bust involving his brother-in-law. I love when people tell me that I am fat or have a gut. There is nothing like stating the obvious as if the person does not know they have a weight issue. It does not feel right or appropriate to write something negative just because someone refuses an interview, especially about a family member that is in no way related to any policy issue being dealt with by Rubio. Meanwhile, Governor Christie is under siege because of his weight. I know how he feels. No matter what I do the weight just keeps coming. I love when people tell me that I am fat or have a gut. There is nothing like stating the obvious as if the person does not know they have a weight issue. Christie did a tremendous job during Hurricane Sandy and has an approval rating of over 7 percent in the New Jersey. He is blunt, hardworking and not so crazy partisan that he will not thank President Obama for helping and criticize fellow Republicans for not helping. I like him. The fact that he has a weight issue, like most Americans, is really not relevant to his qualifications to be governor or even president. Yet, the focus of the press is on his weight and not on his policies or character. The other thing that is bothering me this week is the continued lack of respect shown to President Obama and now to Michelle Obama, the first lady. I have never heard anyone discuss the body of a first lady. Does anyone recall discussions about Barbara Bushs derriere? How about the bust size of Nancy Reagan? Why is the size of the derriere of a Black first lady subject to discussion and scrutiny. It is a complete lack of respect. She dresses well, she is brilliant, she cares and she always carries herself like a lady. She should not be subject to locker room talk in the national press. Reginald J. Clyne is a partner at Clyne and Associates, P.A. of Miami/Fort Lauderdale.