How healthy is Barack Obama?

How healthy is Barack Obama?

Summary: Should he win pics of Obama with a cig may replace pics of Bush with a drink as a national metaphor.

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Barack Obama in SeattleWe had a lot of fun debating John McCain's health the other day, so it's fair to have the same debate regarding his likely Democratic opponent.

Barack Obama is in excellent health, his doctor says. Dr. David L. Scheiner, his primary care doctor, sent out a one-page letter to that effect on May 30.

Two caveats. First, his last physical was in January, 2007. Second, he's been a smoker for 20 years.

Obama has been trying to quit with Nicorette, and if McCain whips him but he stays off the smokes he could do for that product what Sen. Robert Dole did for Viagra. But that may be getting ahead of ourselves.

This week Obama told The Arizona Republic he only smoked 4-5 cancer sticks per day, and has successfully kicked the habit over the last 18 months.

Still, the numbers his doctor provided are awfully sweet. His cholesterol numbers are better than those of my 20-year old daughter, and his main concern is a family history of cancer, which took both his mother and grandfather.

Why such a beautiful body? Obama credits morning basketball (not bowling) and jogging, while his doctor credits a balanced diet.

His personal aide, Reggie Love, offered The New York Times  some insights into that diet, which runs to grilled fish, protein bars and iced tea. And that leads to my own diagnosis, nerves.

Some people eat when they get nervous. Others neglect it. I'm of that persuasion. When my own mind is troubled I lose weight like a Hollywood star with a diet commercial contract.

Many Presidential candidates gain weight on the trail. People use gooey food as a way to make you one of them, and there's little choice but to take a bite. Think Al Gore.

Frank Sinatra in 1957Another hint, which I'd gathered from watching Obama speak but which Love confirmed, is Frank Sinatra. Obama turned his aide on to the Chairman of the Board, and he gives off a Sinatra vibe when he's speaking.

Sinatra always appeared cool, too, but his movies show that vibe hid a great intensity and concentration on craft.

Anyway that's my theory and I'm sticking with it. (And for the critics, Sinatra was a long-time smoker and the habit destroyed his voice.) Should he win pics of Obama with a cig may replace pics of Bush with a drink as a national metaphor.

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  • all i have to say is who cares to tell you the truth

    all i have to say is who cares to tell you the truth. i am sick of turning on the news and hearing them fall all over them self's like a school girl with a crush on this guy.

    he's just a politician. and being such you can not believe most of what comes out of his mouth.

    he has no record at all missed most votes when he was in the IL state assembly.

    and being someone who does not tow a party line being an independent. i don't vote for someone who has no record.

    the man is to green for me. and being a great orator might make for a good cult leader. but with out facts it's just hot air.
    SO.CAL Guy
    • We're all free to make that choice...

      If most people look at it your way he'll lose. Right now most people aren't looking at it that way. Credit George W. Bush for that. Most people don't think he's been a good President, and they're looking for something different.
      DanaBlankenhorn
      • "Most" people

        don't really WANT to hear the truth. I suppose that makes it a good thing to lie to them.

        I can't help but wonder, if the economy was great, there was no war, and the world was a sane and stable place to live - would dubbya get the credit for that?

        Not that I like the guy. Liars and manipulators don't rank high in my book.

        Point is - it's all power, politics, big business and corruption. Honest politicians are few and far between and won't be known for their courage and insight until they are long gone. If ever.
        Ethical_Loner
      • Good point...

        ...we do not want a third term for B43.
        wmlundine
  • RE: How healthy is Barack Obama?

    Seems way healthy to me. In re the smoking...Mark Twain was right when he said words to the effect that giving up tobacco was easy, he'd quit hundreds of times. Me too, and perhaps Barack. I finally got over it by the strategy of letting the craving become positive reinforcement. Every time the itchy twitchies hit, I stopped, found a mirror if I could, and told myself emphatically, "that's right! You've quit! Way to go!" Worked for me...no Nicorette or patches or whatever.
    richardbrucegraham@...
    • there are many ways to quit...

      My dad smoked for over 40 years, two packs a day. One day he went up into the mountains with a carton of smokes and he smoked-and-smoked-and-smoked until he got sick. When he stopped he never started again.

      He lived to be 78.
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • Oh, Puhleez!

    In the era of lie now, re-lie later and MAYBE pay even later, you actually want to have faith in ANY candidates' supporter, physician, banker or whatever about ANYTHING that has to do with that candidates' ability to perform the duties of the position he is running for?

    This country is so permeated by the fairy tale mentality it is downright scarey!

    Maybe we should ask Obama's wife who should be running the country and just go with that!
    Ethical_Loner
  • RE: How healthy is Barack Obama?

    Obviously you haven't bothered to check his record completely but rely on hearsay and Obama-bashers who have agendas. He isn't perfect and has been criticized justly for his somewhat awkward associations with hyperactive pastors and dubious businessmen but in fact his platform corresponds very closely with his legislative record and his actions. He does bring change citizens can trust and can profit from, he is as patriotic as the next guy, is a devout Christian, is a man who can rally disparate groups and end racial, political and social divisions in a nonpartisan way. He is obviously healthy and vigourous, despite a smoking habit (now under control) and a major threat to lobbyists,PACs, Neo-cons, the military industrial complex and racists so the real question should be " how long will he stay healthy (or alive once he is elected President, for that matter)?
    weedonald@...
  • RE: How healthy is Barack Obama?

    How can you say he is a "Devout Christian"? No Way!
    ralphgerber@...
    • Way

      You may not like Trinity UCC, and Sen. Obama has left it, but to deny his Christianity over the issue is beyond ridiculous.
      DanaBlankenhorn