Trump Given Clean Bill Of Health By Presidential Physician, Doesn’t Stop Know-It-All Journo From Impugning Physician’s Professionalism And Ability To Read A Scale Correctly
[guest post by Dana]
I cannot believe this is even an issue but this is where we find ourselves.
President Trump was declared mentally and physically fit today by presidential physician Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson after having undergone a complete physical examination. First, concerns about the president’s mental fitness to execute his job were answered:
[A]t Trump’s urging, Jackson selected and administered the Montreal Cognitive Assessment during the president’s physical exam last week at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
The exam tests for cognitive disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease, that can occur in older patients. It asks people to identify animals, draw shapes and recall certain words. It is not a psychological evaluation.
Trump scored a 30 out of 30, Jackson said, a score he said should put to rest questions about Trump’s mental fitness.
“There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues,” Jackson said. “I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes.”
Second, the president also got a clean bill of health for his physical fitness:
He said that Trump’s “overall health is excellent,” adding that the president had mostly normal results on several tests of his cholesterol and heart health.
“His cardiac performance during his physical exam was very good, he continues to enjoy the significant, long-term cardiac and overall health benefits that come from a lifetime of abstinence from tobacco and alcohol,” Jackson said.
“All data indicates the president is healthy and will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” he added.
Only his weight appears to be an issue. Weighing in at 239 lbs., the president is reportedly one pound away from being obese. Dr. Jackson would like him to drop 10-15 lbs. Of course this presented yet another an irresistible opportunity for a *professional*
physician journalist to pounce:
Like this guy would ask Hillary Clinton the same question if she had become president, right??? Again, the report on the president’s health wasn’t made by just anybody. It was determined by Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson who was named Physician to the President by President Obama. He joined the White House medical team in 2006 and has reportedly cared for three presidents.
Jackson grew up in west Texas and attended Texas A&M and the University of Texas Medical Branch. The Navy doctor, who specializes in emergency medicine, has served in Pearl Harbor, Panama City, Fla., and with a forward-deployed surgical platoon in Iraq.
So I’m pretty sure this guy knows how to weigh people correctly, as well as report his findings accurately.
I’m also pretty sure he knows how to handle himself before a less than receptive crowd:
The battle-test doctor wasn’t taking any chances as he stepped in front of the microphones on Tuesday. He reminded reporters that as chief White House physician, he sometimes provides medical care for reporters who get sick while covering the president.
“If something should happen to you over the next few months and you should fall ill at some point, most likely I will be the one called to come take care of you,” he said. “So when you ask your questions please keep that in mind.”
Before the press conference, President Trump made it clear that he had nothing to hide:
“He said, ‘I want you to get out there and I want you to talk to them and I want you to answer every single question they have,’ ” Jackson said.
How telling it is to sense there is a real disappointment about this sitting president receiving a clean bill of health. I don’t care who the president is, I wish good health on all. And if you’re outraged by this president’s leadership or lack thereof, then harness that energy and work very hard to elect someone else next election cycle. Until then, it looks like any 25th Amendment dreams have been shattered.
P.S. If you’re interested, you can read a thread here about whether Trump is really 6’2″ or 6’3″…