To: Media Insurgent
...Elder's predecesor Coop started wearing that wacky admiral's uniform...
The uniform comes with the position. It's been that way since the original appointment as the office was derived from a military position IIRC.
...and talking abut condoms.
Actually, Elders was the "Condom Queen." Coop used to remind people that they weren't always effective and offered no protection against certain types of STD's. Leftists referred to Coop's blunt facts as "hate speech."
Didn't Clinton leave the SG post vacant after Elders was forced to leave?
No, he appointed Dr. David Satcher.
I seem to remember reading that while the uniform was always part of the position, no one ever really wore it until Coop. I could be wrong on this, though. Aside from Coop & Elders, the only thing I know about Surgeons General is the warning on cigarette packs.
Wasn't there was some talk about eliminating the position altogether after Elders left the post? Of course this was happening around the time that Gingrich & the gang were talking about de-funding PBS, and we all know how that went.
You'd think that with all the concerns about bio-terror, germ warfare and last year's anthrax scare that the Surgeon General would have a higher profile these days, but I have not seen any evidence that Bush even has one.
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