Sunday, November 18, 2012

Is Marco Rubio too short to be President? By Geniusofdespair

Jeb Bush is 6' 3"
Mitt Romney is 6' 2"

Since Marco Rubio has already kicked off his presidential bid with a trip to Iowa (he ran the same agonizingly loonnggg campaign to become Senator) it is important to answer a question that is sure to come up: Is he too short to be president?

Barack Obama is 6' 1".  Marco says he is 5' 10" but I would put him at below 5' 8". There were only 6 presidents under 5' 8": James Madison, Benjamin Harrison, Martin Van Buren, John Quincy Adams, John Adams and William McKinley. All of those guys were presidents before 1900. We haven't elected a president under 6 feet since Jimmy Carter (5' 9 1/2").

Top End Heights of the Presidents

Looks like more than 4 inches to me. Expect Rubio to grow taller as his campaign progresses.

Good Read: Earth, to Rubio in the Economist.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would put him at a Napoleon level......literally & figuratively!

Anonymous said...

I see your point. He doesn't measure up.

Geniusofdespair said...

Great comments!

Anonymous said...

Since the GOP lost the presidential election partially due to hispanic voting trends, Rubio thinks he has an opening for 2016. Time will tell if any of his past political career catches up with him. He has a history of distortion, financial ethics violations, and meandering policy positions. Chances are he will not be a presidential contender in 2016.

Anonymous said...

His roommate in Tallahassee (they also owned the home together), David Rivera has sealed Rubio's future fate. He has a dilemma. If he is off campaigning he will never be reelected to the Senate. If he is smart he should concentrate on Florida. He will never be the president.

Anonymous said...

At the rate Floridians are waking up, he may lose his Senate seat.

Anonymous said...

If Marquito's nose grew proportionately to his stated height, the nation would have a truer read of the man.

Paulie Walnuts said...

I met Rubio a few weeks ago, and I would put his height at 5'4". I don't think America is ready for a midget in the White House. But he would bring all midgets into the Republican Party who traditionally vote Democrat.

Anonymous said...

Let's see -- short on intelligence, short on ethics, short on character ... Oy -- he might have a chance!!

Bill said...

Here's a good shot of Romney, Rubio and Bush together. Rubio's a little twerp, BTW.

Penny said...

These exceptions noted, in the great majority of cases a person’s height would not seem to have an effect on how well they are able to perform their job. Nevertheless, studies have shown that short people are paid less than taller people, with disparities similar in magnitude to the race and gender gaps.[9][10]

A survey of Fortune 500 CEO height in 2005 revealed that they were on average 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) tall, which is approximately 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) taller than the average American man. 30% were 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) tall or more; in comparison only 3.9% of the overall United States population is of this height.[11] Similar surveys have uncovered that less than 3% of CEOs were below 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) in height. Ninety percent of CEOs are of above average height.[12]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Height_discrimination

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the combover. We haven't elected a bald/balding president since Eisenhower.

https://twitter.com/RubioCombover

Geniusofdespair said...

http://eyeonmiami.blogspot.com/2012/05/picture-of-day-marco-rubios-comb-over.html

I reported on the comb-over May 14th.

Anonymous said...

He would be a GREAT president on 10" glass stilettos

Anonymous said...

Don't knock short people. Robert Reich is 4'11".

BTW, here is a website: great clothing fit for short people!

http://petermanning.myshopify.com

Geniusofdespair said...

No one is knocking short people. I am just posing a question: are they electable? So much in our society is based on image.

David said...

This may be the opening socialist salvo against any electable Republican for 2016. Rubio will be too short. The next one will read like a story from The Onion; Can a highly effective, highly popular, moderate Republican governor who is really fat be elected president? Mark my words. It's coming. They'll bevrunning against a 74 year old Joe Biden, the Billary's, Oprah, or the current mayors of Chicago or Los Angeles. Stand by.

Anonymous said...

I made a similar observation about Chris Christie's physical appearance with regards to his weight. It isn't personal people. Although I find it amusing. Repubs are looking towards both Rubio and Christie as potential presidential candidates. We haven't had an obese President since who? Maybe William Howard Taft in 1909. We haven't had a "short" President since who? We haven't had a bald President since who? Gerald Ford was probably the last balding President but he was never elected folks.

Rubio could have taken the VP nomination. I'm sure he thought Romney would be a loser and didn't want to be associated with a losing campaign.

Anonymous said...

It maybe 20 years or so before we get another republican President. It doesn't matter who they put up. It is the philosophy that is the problem. For decades they were nothing, and that is were they are headed now. We have to rebuild this economy and this country and they want no parts of that.

Short Sale Miami said...

Came across this article by chance and must admit I liked it...:-)

Sparrow said...

Michael Dukakis was 5'8". During his campaign I went to a rally for him in Virginia, and you could not see him when he made his grand entrance into the ballroom since everyone towered over him. No presence. I've seen short people who seemed massive because of charisma; but that did not seem the case with him.