Going off the birds and gardens themes a bit today.  We read in the press this morning that the US right is getting itself into a lather about the supposed falling weight of the President … apparently a non-weighty president is incapable of dealing with weighty matters.  The ultimate comment came from that profound thinker and potential leader of the free world, Sarah Palin who said on a television comment programme … quote:

“President Obama is weighing the nation down with his weightlessness-ness. I’m not going to use big words or fancy words. I’m just going to say what hockey moms and soccer moms around this great nation are wondering and that’s how can we trust a leader who might weigh less than a Victoria’s Secret model?

Leadership is about weight. It’s about weighty issues. Issues involving weight and heavy things and people who have weight to them. Leaders who are men like Churchill or Roosevelt or what’s his name there, that U.N. fellow from way back, Dag Hammarskjold. Meat on their bones.

It’s American to have weight. Get up on a scale, move the little thing there at the top. Hockey moms do it. Soccer moms do it. But jeez. About the only people who don’t do it are the French. And they’re Socialists. So you do the math”.

You’ve gotta love these Republicans.  They almost make our Harper look like a good choice.  For more on this theme see http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/07/opinion/07kenney.html?scp=1&sq=palin%20weight&st=cse