- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hey, fat chance that a certain Garden State guy is going to eat his way right out of the 2016 election. Critics who hope New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weight-related health issues that will squash a White House run need to find another complaint. Though his wife, Mary Pat, is the only one who knows exactly how many pounds her spouse has lost since undergoing lap-band surgery nine months ago, Mr. Christie has been getting consistently good medical reports in recent days, and he says he’s even sleeping better.

A noticeably leaner governor made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, dismissing a childish Time magazine cover that referred to him as “the elephant in the room.” Mr. Christie is more bearlike at this point, and could one day emerge as a lion — good for a roar, and seeking the proverbial big tent of voter support.

“If I’m bothered by jokes about my weight, it’s time for me to curl up into a fetal position and go home, OK? If they think that’s clever, great for them,” the governor, said on ABC’s “This Week” when confronted with the cover image on camera. “They run the magazine, they get to make the decisions.

“The way people in New Jersey look at this, their governor’s been on the cover of Time magazine twice in one year, we must be doing something right,” Mr. Christie concluded.


“As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt. We remember that our obligations endure long after the battle ends, and we make it our mission to give them the respect and care they have earned. Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the Earth, America’s veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best.”

— From President Obama’s official proclamation recognizing Veterans Day.


“That’s what makes America so great. We don’t forget those who fought for us.”

— Former senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole, 90, also reflecting about Veterans Day, on CNN.


One observer suggests that Secretary of State John F. Kerry’s inconclusive negotiations with Iran over nuclear weapons have proceeded as if they were tidy talks, say, about vacations and benefits.

“Contrary to Kerry’s rhetoric, this is not a labor negotiation in which both sides must be allowed to walk away with something and a solution always lies in splitting the difference between the two sides,” points out Jonathan Tobin, a columnist for Commentary magazine.

“Any Iranian deal that doesn’t definitively end their chance of building a weapon, whether via uranium or plutonium, is a scam, not a diplomatic triumph. Insistence on this point doesn’t make the deal’s critics warmongers. It makes them realists,” Mr. Tobin adds.

Lawmakers will be parsing the situation Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing examining the negotiations, and the state of Iran after President Hassan Rouhani’s first 100 days in office.

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