Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Obama Picks "Sexy" CNN Reporter to Be Surgeon General

Dr. McDreamy...sigh.

CNN Medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta has been asked by Obama to be the next Surgeon General of the US.
In 2003, he was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" and a "pop culture icon" by USA Today. Huh?

From Fox News:
Gupta hosts "House Call" on CNN, contributes reports to CBS News and writes a column for Time magazine. He is a neurosurgeon and is on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. During the Clinton administration, he was a White House fellow and special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

His resume is highlighted by disagreeing with Michael Moore (thankfully) about nationalized health care and Moore's documentary "Sicko".

Mary-Katherine Ham has these other nice things to say about Gupta:
In his popular special series, "Chasing Life," he treated with sensitivity the desires of older Americans to use drugs like Human Growth Hormone to improve their quality of life as their natural levels drop. Many health reporters would have opted for knee-jerk condemnation without examining the pros and cons of suchcontroversial self-medication.

In the absolutist world of smoking commentary, Gupta is a breath of fresh air, so to speak. In a 2005 column about smoking and lung cancer, he made a medically accurate but rarely uttered assessment about smokers's risk of lung cancer: "But, if you quit at the age of 30, it's almost a negligible increased risk."

His CNN bio also contains valuable information relevant to his qualifications to be Obama's Surgeon General.
During the 2008 presidential campaign year, Gupta reported extensively on the campaign, including the documentaries “First Patient” and “Fit to Lead” about the toll that the nation’s highest office takes on the health of the commander-in-chief and the health of the presidential candidates.

Celebrity POTUS picks celebrity for Cabinet. At least it's not Dr. Phil.

But that's probably because Dr. Phil didn't work for Clinton. Just saying...

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