Over the past few weeks, many pundits have discussed the differences between the two presidential candidacies. Skin color, age, military experience, left-wing, right-wing, mannerism, religion, philosophy were all non-stop fodder for media babble and voter contemplation.
As a neurologist spending the average work-a-day warding off stroke and obesity, I was struck by one major difference. The McCain campaign appeared much fatter than the Obama-ites.
Starting with Joe Sixpack -- whose very name implies the daily consumption of 3600 calories of brew; to Joe the Plumber who seemed too portly to wiggle through any sewage line I've ever seen, to the numerous behind-the-podium supporters bulging out of too-tight jeans, the McCain candidacy struck me as resoundingly rotund!
Indeed, the Republican VP candidate hails from a state the size of a continent, whereas Biden's Delaware is so tiny that most folks probably couldn't find it on the map.
Obamans, by contrast, seem downright scrawny, starting first and foremost with the new President-elect. Could this be the dawn of a down-sized America? Perhaps, the electoral vision now encompasses a new aesthetic vision whereby "less is the new more".
We have had our taste of gas-guzzling SUV's which are now virtually unsellable and will likley cause the demise of Detroit. "Going green" no longer refers to a St. Paddy's day outfit, but a whole new philosophy of utilizing fewer carbon emitting products.
Indeed, when returning from overseas visits, the first thing that always strikes my American eye is the largeness of the American life. Large cars, houses, TV's, streets, cities, and people. With a population exceeding 300 million, and natural resources stretched to the limit, perhaps our new Democrat administration will signal a new approach to a nation wide diminution. This does not necessarily mean an economic contraction or decreased quality of life. Because, as any Tiffany's shopper knows, "great things come in small packages"!