By Margaret Curtis, PhD
At 6’1”, Obama enjoys considerable leverage over voters, since statistics reveal that “some observers have noted that the taller of the two major-party candidates tends to prevail, and argue this is due to the public’s preference for taller candidates,” according to Wikipedia’s records.
Interestingly, Joe Biden swings into this height competition at 6 feet flat, with his head just tucking in below his superior’s, according to the same source.
Now comes the challenge: Romney reports for the debate at 6’2”, two inches shorter than the tallest presidents on record: Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson, who both prevailed over civil discord. So, has Nature given the challenger an advantage?
But here is the other statistic which Wikipedia omits. The internet answers the question “How tall is Republican Paul Ryan of Wisconsin?” with this information: “Paul Ryan…is listed as 6 feet 2 inches tall. Romney is also listed as 6 feet 2 inches tall.”
Together then, the Republican ticket enjoys an advantage of three inches over the Democrat incumbents. However, the internet immediately declares Michelle Obama’s height as 5’11”, while Chatter Busy reveals Ann Romney’s height as 5’8”.
This data provides additional evidence that the 2012 presidential race remains tight indeed. What the Lord giveth with one hand, He taketh away with the other. Add three inches for the men, and subtract them for the wives. How tight can one race be? (9_9)
See the historical data on the height of presidents here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heights_of_presidents_and_presidential_candidates_of_the_United_States
See this website for Paul Ryan’s data: http://www.kgbanswers.com/how-tall-is-republican-paul-ryan-of-wisconcin/22737987
See this website for further information on Ann Romney’s data: http://chatterbusy.blogspot.com/2012/09/ann-romney-height.html
* Readers of this column will recognize the emoticon for Rolling Eyes. (9_9)