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CNN: [CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay] Gupta approached about surgeon general post (Huh?)
The Deseret News / The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2009

Posted on 01/06/2009 3:47:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable news network said Tuesday.

CNN said it has kept Gupta from reporting on health care policy and other matters involving the incoming Obama administration since learning he was under consideration for the post.

Two Democrats with knowledge of the discussions over the surgeon general spot said Gupta was under consideration but cautioned there was not yet a final decision on who would fill the post. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the matter.

Obama's transition office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Gupta hosts "House Call" on CNN, contributes reports to CBS News, and writes a column for Time magazine. He is a neurosurgeon and is on the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. During the Clinton administration, he was a White House fellow and special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bho2008; bhosurgeongeneral; cultofpersonality; disease; gupta; india; medicine; obama; obamatransitionfile; sanjaygupta
Will Ronald McDonald head up the FDA?
1 posted on 01/06/2009 3:47:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even though the Surgeon General job is largely symbolic, this nomination makes no sense at all.


2 posted on 01/06/2009 3:49:14 PM PST by KoRn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another thread going with this information.

But I wanted to state here too, this is the guy who advised Hillary on her Universal Health Care and in Feb of 08 was whining about how California voted down socialized medicine.


3 posted on 01/06/2009 3:52:14 PM PST by autumnraine (Got a Gold Star from the BossLady!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Dr. Gupta, despite being yet another Hillary staffer, is a real doc, a neurosurgeon by training. When embedded with the Navy's "Devil Docs" in 2003, he performed five brain surgeries.

But politically he's still a Hillarite.

4 posted on 01/06/2009 3:53:16 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Roe Conn on WLS Chicago just commented that the events over the past several days make him feel like he’s dreaming, and he’s going to wake up and say, “Honey, I just had the strangest dream — Sanjay Gupta was going to be the Surgeon General!”


5 posted on 01/06/2009 3:53:17 PM PST by JennysCool (Internet Powerhouse)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Brilliant Neurosurgeon who routinely ditches the mic and camera for gloves and a scalpel when he runs into catastrophically wounded american soldiers on the battlefield, while covering wars.


6 posted on 01/06/2009 3:55:06 PM PST by skipper18
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To: KoRn

“Jesus Vidana was still alive, but dying, in the middle of an FRSS just outside Baghdad when a team of heroic doctors and nurses descended on him. Quickly, a breathing tube was placed in him, and he was given back some of the precious blood that was now soaking the sand where he had been shot.

As a neurosurgeon, I was asked to step back from my journalist’s role to look at his gunshot wound to the head. Shortly thereafter, I was removing a bullet from his brain. Within an hour, Jesus had been treated, operated on and was recovering just outside the operating room.

In all the years I have worked in hospitals, I have never seen resources mobilized so quickly and health care workers move with such purpose. And, remember, it was a tent in the middle of the desert by the dark of night in the most dangerous place on Earth.

I wouldn’t be telling you this story if Jesus hadn’t survived and done well.

He is a handsome young man who is considering a career in physical therapy and still trying to reconcile his brush with death. I visited him last year in Southern California and his mother slowly walked over to me and took my hands and said simply, “Thank you.”

I still remember looking over at my producer Stephanie Smith and watching her begin to cry, which of course made me cry as well. This story, though, is more than a story about one Marine who lived, when so many thought he would die. It is about the remarkable technology and brilliant thinking that has brought the wounded of this war to doctors and nurses faster than ever before. This is a story about brave men and women who risk their lives every day so they might save others.”


7 posted on 01/06/2009 3:57:47 PM PST by skipper18
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To: skipper18
Well, before you give him a gold star, you'd be hard-pressed to keep a surgeon away from any interesting surgery, and there are a lot of veteran battle surgeons who deserve your admiration more. Gupta sounds like a dilettante
8 posted on 01/06/2009 3:59:04 PM PST by Mamzelle (Boycott Peggy Swoonin')
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If I were Prez, I would appoint some homeless person to the post and brag about giving someone a job he/she could easily handle— which is nothing at all. Just abolish the damn thing.


9 posted on 01/06/2009 4:00:03 PM PST by San Jacinto
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To: KoRn

I don’t know that it makes no sense at all. He’s a doctor, a neurosurgeon. The main job of the surgeon general is to communicate with the American people on health-related matters. Why would a doctor who is accustomed to communicating (through TV, print media) be an illogical pick? It’s not as if he’s just someone who plays a doctor on TV. He actually is a doctor.


10 posted on 01/06/2009 4:00:25 PM PST by saquin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It doesn’t make a lot of sense but Gupta has a good reputation as a surgeon and routinely steps in to operate on soldiers.


11 posted on 01/06/2009 4:00:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I heard this hours ago.

But only now -- after googling for photos -- do I realize that it's not about Depak Chopra.

If it weren't for the cleft in Depak's chin, they could be related.

12 posted on 01/06/2009 4:02:47 PM PST by x
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Second choice is Dr. Phil...


13 posted on 01/06/2009 4:02:58 PM PST by tubebender (Looks like I lost another tag line to Bo ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hmm, well, he is quite photogenic - that seems to be THE prerequisite for public service according to the dems.
14 posted on 01/06/2009 4:03:58 PM PST by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: khnyny

That’s just dumb. The guy is a well qualified surgeon, who understands how to get his message across.

I thought we supported people who were qualified to hold their position.

I do think many here are bitching for bitching sake.


15 posted on 01/06/2009 4:07:39 PM PST by JNL
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To: x
I'm sure Depak will be his spiritual advisor

shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach Adonai

16 posted on 01/06/2009 4:08:23 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 78:35 And they remembered that God was their ROCK, And the Most High God their Redeemer.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Will Ronald McDonald head up the FDA?

No word is that he and the burger King are fighting it
out to head the FFA. the Fast Food Administration.
It’s supposed to be on PPV saturday night.


17 posted on 01/06/2009 4:12:30 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: XeniaSt
I'd never seen Sanjay Gupta, and figured they were the same guy.

BTW, Sanjay is planning on staying in office a long time:


18 posted on 01/06/2009 4:13:55 PM PST by x
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To: x

I thought it was the guy from American Idol.


19 posted on 01/06/2009 4:15:37 PM PST by nufsed
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, and Marcus Welby were on the short list.


20 posted on 01/06/2009 4:21:46 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: saquin; All

absolutely.

Then CNN can hire Dr Manny off of Fox News. I think Dr Manny should be required to show his full authenticated credentials before each segment he commentates.

Hopefully Dr Gupta won’t be contacting Joycelyn Elders for any advice on the “position” or any other matters.


21 posted on 01/06/2009 4:24:24 PM PST by johncocktoasten (Obama/Biden '08, in and of itself, A Bridge To Nowhere)
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To: tubebender

Oprah has quite an influence on young Barack Hussein. Maybe the Gupta appointment is just a diversion.


22 posted on 01/06/2009 4:25:06 PM PST by cquiggy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

****Will Ronald McDonald head up the FDA?***

Has anyone else noticed this pattern? Where are Obama’s colleagues and associates? Is he too afraid to name them? Are there only more Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrns in his Rolodex?

From the list of appointees he has presented so far - they are all Clinton retreads or celebrity pundits. This idiot has no depth of experience, quality mentors or friends of long-standing and accomplishment.

He is a totally empty vessel.


23 posted on 01/06/2009 4:49:17 PM PST by sodpoodle
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To: cquiggy

LOL... Oprah was my backup, backup choice if Dr Phil was not in the room...


24 posted on 01/06/2009 4:51:48 PM PST by tubebender (Looks like I lost another tag line to Bo ...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m far more concerned about the CIA appointment than this one.


25 posted on 01/06/2009 5:34:32 PM PST by mimaw
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To: El Gato

Gupta is a shill for Big Pharma. It makes me wonder if the Codex Alimentarius conspiracy theory is for real.


26 posted on 01/06/2009 5:52:54 PM PST by bigdcaldavis ("Screw Kahlifornia. Gimme Kolinahr." - Me)
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To: sodpoodle

No but Werner Klemperer is being vetted for GITMO warden.
Ryan Seacrest will be the new solicitor general
Judge Judy, Judge Mathis and Jodge Joe Brown are waiting for someone to retire from SCOTUS
T.J.Hooker will be the new FBI chief—he has more law enforcement experience than Leon Panacea does!
Lou Grant can be the press secretary, Emeril Lagasse will be the USDA honcho, and I can easily see Adrian Monk as the mental health czar!

Dr. Phil, Dr. Laura, Dr. Ruth, Dr. Kevorkian, Dr. Scholl, Dr. Demento and Dr. Seuss all turned the job down. Hawkeye Pierce and “Trapper” John Macintyre were not availalbe.


27 posted on 01/06/2009 6:35:30 PM PST by VideoPaul
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To: skipper18

can’t deny the man credit for all that even if he is a liberal with an American Idol name


28 posted on 01/06/2009 6:41:50 PM PST by wardaddy (Monarchists for Palin 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It has become politics by celebrity. Gupta is not real, this is embarrassing. Stay away from TV personalities, our national intellect is thin enough as it is.

Look at Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson, Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo — when are the “real” people going to arrive? These lucky people are all benefiting from their family names rather than their accomplishments.

And I thought the Dems were against he power elite maintaining their power. It’s OK so long as it is a Dem getting the power.


29 posted on 01/06/2009 8:16:36 PM PST by Titus-Maximus (You can't spell Chicanery without Chicago.)
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To: sodpoodle
"Has anyone else noticed this pattern? Where are Obama’s colleagues and associates? Is he too afraid to name them? Are there only more Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrns in his Rolodex? From the list of appointees he has presented so far - they are all Clinton retreads or celebrity pundits. This idiot has no depth of experience, quality mentors or friends of long-standing and accomplishment. He is a totally empty vessel."

You've nailed it. As I mentioned on an earlier thread, he has no friends, nobody remembers him from school, and he is a loner. The only resources at his fingertips are either clinton's or the MSM's. Axelrod is behind the curtain pulling the strings.

30 posted on 01/06/2009 8:18:22 PM PST by balls
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama is going to bring the American Presidency to a new level of unseriousness. It started off badly with the “Office of the President-Elect”, and it’s only become worse since. Obama is like a child. He belongs nowhere near the White House.


31 posted on 01/06/2009 8:20:21 PM PST by Junior_G
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To: JNL

Gupta is not pro-life. Research it for yourself. And btw, I’d be careful with the insults, idiot. Lol.

http://www.lifenews.com/nat4713.html


32 posted on 01/08/2009 6:58:53 PM PST by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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