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Please Stop Talking About Hillary Clinton's 2016 'Diet'

Posted: 08/08/2013 11:10 am

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton may or may not run for President of the United States in 2016. There are many signs that she might run: her reluctance to definitively say she isn't running, the endorsements of major Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, the Super PAC that has already formed to support her hypothetical campaign. But -- newsflash! -- her "dieting" habits aren't one of them.

You wouldn't know that from two news outlets' recent stories on how Hillary is allegedly preparing for a 2016 run by watching her weight. "Hillary Clinton is meeting with diet guru Dr. Mark Hyman -- who's credited with turning around Bill Clinton's health -- as she prepares for a 2016 presidential run," declared the New York Post, making sure to note that she "ate a healthy meal of grilled salmon and seasonal fruits." And CBS News asked: "Is Hillary Clinton trying to get in shape for a possible 2016 presidential run?," extrapolating that message from the same luncheon.

These pieces are upsetting for several (painfully obvious) reasons:
1. How can one possibly draw the conclusion that Hillary's dinner with Dr. Hyman, who she has known for years, is proof that she's running for President? Besides being illogical, it's lazy journalism.

2. I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that the same piece wouldn't get written about a man. How insane would it have been to suggest that President Obama was getting in the way of his presumed 2012 campaign by having lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl -- a restaurant certainly not known for its low-calorie options? We are already subjected to relentless coverage of famous women's fluctuating weights, slim-down "tricks" and "bikini bodies." Please leave Hillary Clinton's political campaign out of it.

3. Getting skinny is NOT a prerequisite for running for office. If Hillary is planning to run, I'm going to assume that her weight is not at the top of her pre-Presidential campaign checklist. After all, this is the woman who laughed off comments about her lack of makeup. And as Erin Ryan over at Jezebel sarcastically quipped: "she really hopes to rock the American flag bikini portion of the election -- after all, the Oval Office has a strict 'No Fat Chicks' policy."

I'm pretty sure Hillary would have the perfect response to those people who would insist on focusing on her looks, weight and presumed "dieting" rather than her policies and thoughts. As she said when people freaked out about her public appearance sans makeup: "You know at some point it's just not something that deserves a lot of time and attention. And if others want to worry about it, I let them do the worrying for a change."

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  • She Dances

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoys a relax moment at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. Clinton is in Cartagena to attend the VI Summit of the Americas which closes on Sunday. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • She Drinks Beer

    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoys a relax moment at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. Clinton is in Cartagena to attend the VI Summit of the Americas which closes on Sunday. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/GettyImages)

  • She Winks

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton winks at a committee member as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2012, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Law of the Sea Convention. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

  • She Doesn't Care If You See Her Sans Makeup

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches a performance during an Anti-Human Trafficking event in Kolkata, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)

  • She Texts

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton works from a desk inside a C-17 military plane upon her departure from Malta, in the Mediterranean Sea, bound for Tripoli, Libya, Tuesday Oct.18, 2011. (AP Photo / Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

  • She Knows How To Flash A Mean Peace Sign

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures with Libyan soldiers upon her departure from Tripoli in Libya Tuesday, Oct.18, 2011. (AP Photo / Kevin Lamarque, Pool)

  • She Hangs With Hollywood

    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and producer Harvey Weinstein attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for TIME)

  • She Whips Her Hair

    Hillary arrives in Cabo for the G-20 summit.

  • She Grabs Microphones

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, helps Samira Hamidi, an Afghan citizen, with a microphone during the Afghan Civil Society event at the Okura Hotel Center in Tokyo, Sunday, July 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

  • She Knows How To Dance...

    South African jazz singer Judith Sephuma, left, invites U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to dance with her to African music at a gala dinner hosted by South Africa's Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, not pictured at the Sefako M. Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • ...And Has Fun While Doing It!

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dances with Emille Phiri, chair of the Lumbadzi Milk Bulking Group, at the end of the Secretary's visit to the group in Lilongwe, Malawi, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, on the first ever visit to Malawi by a U.S. Secretary of State. At center is U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Jeanine Jackson. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

  • She Has Covergirl Moments

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, reacts before the 2nd East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting at the 45th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, July 12, 2012.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

 

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