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”.
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.