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How tall Is the President?

Marc Munroe Dion on

I'm 6 feet tall, or I was.

Two years ago, when I was 58, I switched doctors. The new doctor weighed me and checked my height. I asked her how tall I was, and she said I was 5 foot 11 and enough change left over to buy a bag of potato chips from the office vending machine. I was unprepared. I'd been 6 feet tall since I was 16, and I liked saying I was 6 feet tall. It's a manly height, but not freakish.

I'm an honest man, so when I got home that night, I told my wife I was under 6 feet. She's 5 feet 2 inches tall, and she said she didn't mind my new height. But I may shrink more, so at some point she's probably going to decide she wants a tall guy.

And now, just when the country has stopped trembling over the "s---hole countries" controversy, we're loading the cannons to fight over President Donald Trump's height.

That was the relaxing thing about Barack Obama's presidency. He is black. Since this is America, being black is Obama's only physical characteristic worth a comment. How tall is Obama? Who cares? He's BLACK! When he was president, everyone knew he was black. It was an open secret.

As near as I remember, Obama never attempted to deny being black.


The headlines never read, "Obama's Doctor Says President Not Black. Just Has Tan," or "Obama Is Lighter Than a Paper Bag."

"What?" Obama could have said at a press conference. "Black? I'm not black. Here's a picture of my mom. She look black to you?"

Of course, back then, no one knew stuff like that could work. Back then, we figured people believed what they saw.

"That Kenyan guy in the pictures was our handyman," Obama could have said. "Look at my mom in that picture. She's whiter than a glass of milk."


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