Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sanjay Gupta a good idea

This might work. It's not like Obama tapped Dr. Phil to be his Surgeon General or Dr. Laura or Dr. Carter from ER. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is a real doctor; he doesn't just play one on TV.

According to The Washington Post:
Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer.
So as much as I laugh at the idea of a TV doctor as the top medical spokesperson in D.C., there are several reasons why Gutpa will work:
  • He's a brain surgeon. He still performs brain surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital all the time.
  • He stood up to Michael Moore.
  • When he was embedded in Iraq as a journalist covering a Naval medical unit, he stepped in to perform brain surgery on several patients.
  • He's good in front of the camera, good with the press (hell, he is the press) and knowledgeable and relevant issues like obesity and health care.
  • He's got fans, called Gupta Girls, who maintain a Web site with "Pretty Pictures" of "The Sexiest Doctor on the face of the Planet."
  • He's from Michigan.
But it's still funny.


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