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Does The President Have A Drinking Problem?

The question is all the buzz on Twitter today after this article appeared in the British press.

Barack Obama is still struggling to kick smoking, according to his first medical examination since becoming president.

Obama is sensitive about his cigarette habit and tetchy with reporters who raise it. But after his 90-minute medical at the Navy hospital outside Washington yesterday morning, his doctors confirmed he had not yet managed to conquer the habit and suggested he “continue smoking cessation efforts”.

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The doctors also recommended “moderation of alcohol intake”.

One would have to assume that Obama’s doctors had some evidence which led to their recommendation.  What was it?  Did Obama admit he drinks too much? Or did a blood test or other diagnostic provide the doctors a warning of some kind?

Oh yeah, and what kind of moral ground does Obama stand on when he clicks at the health habits of Americans (primarily eating) when he can’t stop smoking?

But more importantly, shouldn’t the American people know if their President has a drinking problem?  After all, those on the Left constantly reminded us that President George W. Bush had quit drinking years before his time in office.

UPDATE: The Guardian story might be more sizzle than substance.  From the political shop of only person at NBC that I trust, Chuck Todd, comes a link to the actual medical report.

Recommendations: Follow-up colorectal cancer screening is recommended in 5 years for routine colon cancer screening. Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up-to-date with recommended immunizations. Continue modified exercise regimen, and lower extremity muscle strengthening program, for occasional left patella-femoral pain secondary to chronic tendonitis. Recommend dietary modification to reduce LDL cholesterol below 130.

Judge for yourselves.  I still find it odd.  The doctors ARE recommending CHANGES to the President’s lifestyle.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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34 Comments

  1. What sort of diety smokes and drinks?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 1, 2010 @ 6:25 pm - March 1, 2010

  2. A drinking problem would certainly explain his pathological selfishness.

    Comment by patrick — March 1, 2010 @ 6:55 pm - March 1, 2010

  3. Even National Review couldn’t handle the reading and comprehension fail on this one (a fail which you share, apparently):

    The Drudge Report is currently highlighting the last sentence of a Guardian article that asserts that President Obama’s doctors “recommended ‘moderation of alcohol intake’” — an assertion that would lead the reader to believe that his doctors regard his drinking as excessive. But the actual recommendation from the released medical report is quite different:
    Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up-to-date with recommended immunizations.

    In other words, Obama’s doctors are recommending that he continue his moderate drinking.

    Oh yeah, and what kind of moral ground does Obama stand on when he clicks at the health habits of Americans (primarily eating) when he can’t stop smoking?
    The same moral high ground occupied by the philandering right who tell gay people to stop having so much homosex?

    Comment by torrentprime — March 1, 2010 @ 6:58 pm - March 1, 2010

  4. Even National Review couldn’t handle the reading and comprehension fail on this one

    And of course, torrentprime leaps to defend his Barack Obama after years of claiming that Bush was a drunk with a fraction of the evidence.

    Nice job, GP. It’s always funny watching the liberal Obama puppets walk right into the trap that exposes their complete and utter hypocrisy.

    The same moral high ground occupied by the philandering right who tell gay people to stop having so much homosex?

    So let’s see, one or two examples apparently prove the entire side is a failure.

    Want me to provide my two examples of pedophile gay and lesbian people and watch you try to spin out of that one, torrentprime?

    Again, you are the most hilarious hypocrite.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 1, 2010 @ 7:43 pm - March 1, 2010

  5. The same moral high ground occupied by the philandering right who tell gay people to stop having so much homosex?

    1. John Edwards is NOT a Republican.
    2. Where is anyone on the right telling gay people to stop having homosex?

    We dont tell people what to do and not to do. Thats your pathetic dictatorial party

    Comment by American Elephant — March 1, 2010 @ 8:03 pm - March 1, 2010

  6. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the coke snorting, pot smoking Obama is also a drunk… despite the economic disaster he and Democrats have wreaked on America, he is still charging taxpayers for parties at the White House almost every other day.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 1, 2010 @ 8:06 pm - March 1, 2010

  7. Correction: that should read “it shouldn’t surprise anyone that the coke-snorting, pot-smoking, cigarette-smoking, UNPOPULAR president Obama is also a drunk”

    Comment by American Elephant — March 1, 2010 @ 8:09 pm - March 1, 2010

  8. Where did I read that the earliest Obama White House parties were typifyied by so much drinking that persons were seen standing on antique furniture and wearing antique lampshades on their heads?
    Combine that with all of his menu plans that include kobe beef or filet mignon (the fattiest portion of beef steak) and you have a recipe for a cardiac arrest.
    Obama thinks he can eat and drink like that then walk from here to there and it’ll balance out.
    Not true.

    Comment by Nan G — March 1, 2010 @ 8:37 pm - March 1, 2010

  9. A recommendation to moderate alcohol intake is most likely because of high liver enzyme totals, an obvious tell tale symptom of excess drinking. And torrenpine, please tells use who on the right has recommended that we have less homosex?

    Comment by John in Dublin CA — March 1, 2010 @ 8:41 pm - March 1, 2010

  10. “Continue moderation in alcohol intake” suggests that Bambi has already moderated. So, no story. Come on, folks.

    Still, I find this funny: “Continue smoking cessation efforts.” How about telling Bambi to, uh… what is that phrase? … to STOP SMOKING. Or would that damage His self-esteem? Is it only the proclaimed thought that counts (or the “effort”)? And not the real-world result?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 1, 2010 @ 9:10 pm - March 1, 2010

  11. I mean, if Bambi’s Believers can claim He is a deficit hawk in the face of His $1.5 trillion deficits… then I guess results and realities don’t count; only “efforts”…

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 1, 2010 @ 9:15 pm - March 1, 2010

  12. Well, that goes a long way to explain some of his behavior.

    Comment by PatriotMom — March 1, 2010 @ 9:29 pm - March 1, 2010

  13. A, ND40, you got me confused with the voices in your head again – I never said Bush was a drunk. I never gave it much thought – he ran the country and two wars the way he did regardless of his sobriety.

    Comment by torrentprime — March 1, 2010 @ 9:49 pm - March 1, 2010

  14. Well, I can’t blame the man for having a party or two to celebrate his Presidency. Over-drinking on occasion during such an even is not the same as being an alcoholic.

    I am a smoker and quitting is extremely difficult and can be a process that takes a while. As long as he is still trying, kudos to him.

    I don’t know how many of you drink moderately and have seen a doctor lately but I get the same advice when I see my doctor, be sure your drinking is moderate. If the doctor had an issue with Obama’s drinking, he would have said something more like he did about the smokes…quit. Or he would have at least said something like, “cut back the alcohol”.

    This just sounds like typical advice given by a doctor, long with diet and exercise…you drink alcohol moderately. I have heard it from my doctor a hundred times. And I drink MAYBE every two to three months.

    Comment by lordshepard — March 2, 2010 @ 1:36 am - March 2, 2010

  15. Funny, I dont remember Bush, Bush Sr. or Clinton’s doctors advising them to moderate their drinking. Perhaps thats because the only people who need to be told to moderate their drinking are people who are drinking to excess to begin with.

    And whats this bullshit about “continuing” smoking cessation? I am an ex smoker, and you either quit or you don’t. Obama has not.

    The cigs apparently go too well with the liquor, pot and coke!

    Comment by American Elephant — March 2, 2010 @ 1:57 am - March 2, 2010

  16. “Follow-up colorectal cancer screening is recommended in 5 years for routine colon cancer screening. Continue smoking cessation efforts, a daily exercise program, healthy diet, moderation in alcohol intake, periodic dental care, and remain up-to-date with recommended immunizations.”

    That’s basically canned text. (But whoever typed it has a serious issue with proper hyphenation. Sheesh.)

    Comment by Angie — March 2, 2010 @ 2:30 am - March 2, 2010

  17. So using your logic, that means the Doctor thinks Obama is

    1. Going to develop colon cancer in the next 5 years. (Doesn’t this recommendation happen for all guys his age?)
    2. Smokes like a chimney. (Proven fact: some can quit cold-turkey and others fight a long battle. Go to a smoking cessation page, they all say that.)
    3. Is a lazy bum who never exercises. (Guess all that basketball and running isn’t doing anything, we all know he LOOKS like a fat slob…right?)
    4. Eats like a pig with no regard to his health. (So much for the organic garden and choosing a House chef with experience in organic and healthy cooking.)
    5. Drinks like a fish. (We all know he parties with lampshades on his head every night.)
    6. Has horrible teeth and needs a dentist. (Yeah, I have seen him smile…yuck!)
    7. And has not been getting his shots like he should. (He needs his rabies shot before we have to euthanize him like Ol’ Yeller!)

    In case you were wondering, this accusation about Obama’s drinking habits is called in modern terms, “Reaching”.

    At least have the decency to remain politically minded and not personally attacking. And don’t give me that crap about “they did it to Bush”. So what? You condemned it then as stupid thing to do and yet do it yourself. Be bigger than that and concentrate on the policies and politics.

    Comment by lordshepard — March 2, 2010 @ 2:48 am - March 2, 2010

  18. Frankly, I’m surprised the media got the full report rather than a note from his doctor like before.

    The same moral high ground occupied by the philandering right who tell gay people to stop having so much homosex?

    Soooo….gay liberals are still suckling from his ball sack…..why?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — March 2, 2010 @ 5:58 am - March 2, 2010

  19. Obviously, Obama has a smoking and drinking problem based on the medical report. I think doctors won’t be giving such recommendations if they haven’t seen the problem through the President’s medical tests. This only shows that he is not too concerned with his health as much as he is not so concerned with the country’s economic conditions.

    Comment by Mark @ Israel — March 2, 2010 @ 9:21 am - March 2, 2010

  20. I think I go with “continue moderation in alcohol intake.” Liver and pancreas function is checked with blood analysis and alcohol use can cause elevated markers. Perhaps they took the blood at the beginning of the physical and all testing was done immediately, but that is doubtful.

    More likely, Obama answered some questions concerning his smoking and alcohol usage and the docs simply said to continue to do what you are doing at the same level or less, but not more. That is common sense advice.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 2, 2010 @ 9:46 am - March 2, 2010

  21. I am a smoker and quitting is extremely difficult and can be a process that takes a while.

    lordshepard, I have a web site for you: http://www.rational.org

    Proven fact: If a person couldn’t get cigarettes, they’d have no problem quitting. It would be a done deal. Which means: If a person didn’t continue making the choice to buy and consume cigarettes, they’d have no problem quitting. There is no soul so weak, that it cannot, under proper direction, acquire absolute power over its passions.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 10:51 am - March 2, 2010

  22. P.S. lordshepard, I agree with the rest of your comments, e.g., #17. As far as Bambi’s medical report is the topic, there isn’t much of a story here.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 10:54 am - March 2, 2010

  23. Finally! We’re having a real discussion! This is not just a silly “theory” like the one that the great President Obama is a Muslim. It’s not just a silly “theory” like the one that the great President Obama isn’t really an American. No! We’re spending time and having this real discussion on, essentially, some physician-speak that’s been cherry-picked for the sole-goal of discrediting ANYTHING and EVERYTHING about the legitimacy of the great President Obama. LOL. Leave it to the repugnant right to try and conclude ANYTHING from this clause of the doctor’s recommendation. It only reinforces how pathetic you sheep are, willing to listen to any such garbage when forming your gullible and pliable opinions. Baaa, baaa, baaa.

    It’s going to be a LONG, LONG, LONG decade for you folks. And, you deserve it.

    Comment by buckeyenutlover — March 2, 2010 @ 11:06 am - March 2, 2010

  24. I mean, let’s put it this way. When I go to the doctor, he asks about my alcohol intake and tells *me* to continue my policy of moderation. And is my intake moderate? Yeah. Maybe 2-3 drinks per *week*, and has been no more than that for decades. Even in college, I had some fun moments but basically topped out at 5-6 drinks per week. So the language is ass-covering boilerplate, little more than “Continue to avoid car accidents.”

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 11:09 am - March 2, 2010

  25. I love bnl’s insane juxtaposition of:

    Finally! We’re having a real discussion!

    with:

    It’s going to be a LONG, LONG, LONG decade for you folks. And, you deserve it.

    The latter being bnl boilerplate and in no way, shape or form “a real discussion”. bnl is the _One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest_ of blog commenting :-)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 11:13 am - March 2, 2010

  26. muckdriedmuttshover: I sorta’ agree with you:

    The theories of the small, fringe right often rise nearly to the level of the blind, accept everything adoration on much of the left.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 2, 2010 @ 12:25 pm - March 2, 2010

  27. heliotrope, I’m impressed that bnl can say “the great President Obama” with no sense of irony. And accuse others of being sheep, ditto.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 12:57 pm - March 2, 2010

  28. A lot of classy people drink, I mean in the 50′s it was cocktail hour at noon…or thats what I learn from Mad Men.

    Comment by Darkeyedresolve — March 2, 2010 @ 1:30 pm - March 2, 2010

  29. ILC,

    I’m impressed bnl can say it and still type with his free hand.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 2, 2010 @ 2:16 pm - March 2, 2010

  30. So our young inexperienced President has more in common with the “spends like a drunked sailor” than just the spending??

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 2, 2010 @ 2:28 pm - March 2, 2010

  31. How often would you say a doctor councels a normal everyday patient to moderate their drinking? How ofter would that same doctor councel a drunk to do so?

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 2, 2010 @ 2:29 pm - March 2, 2010

  32. How often would you say a doctor councels a normal everyday patient to moderate their drinking?

    It may vary with the doctor, State or practice; for my experience, see #24.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — March 2, 2010 @ 6:05 pm - March 2, 2010

  33. Who cares? We need to eliminate the Office of President anyhow because it apparently renders half of Congress as unnecessary. I mean if they’re all gonna follow the leader just because they belong to the same party whats the point? Shut it down.

    Comment by James Younce — March 2, 2010 @ 8:58 pm - March 2, 2010

  34. I’m impressed bnl can say it and still type with his free hand.

    You assume he has a free hand! I rather suspect he is employing both hands to other more nauseating ends while using voice recognition software.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 3, 2010 @ 2:03 am - March 3, 2010

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