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Obama's surgeon general nominee advises Burger King
Washington Times ^

Posted on 08/13/2009 2:46:47 PM PDT by traumer

President Obama's nominee for surgeon general, whose job it is to help encourage Americans to get thinner and healthier, has been working part time as a scientific adviser to the fast-food giant that sells sandwiches like the Whopper and BK Triple Stacker.

Dr. Regina Benjamin, hailed by Mr. Obama for her efforts in running a health clinic in hurricane-ravaged rural Alabama, has been paid $10,000 since last year for serving on a scientific advisory board for Burger King, according to newly filed public financial disclosures.

The documents do not specify the scientific issues on which Dr. Benjamin advised the fast-food company, and her medical office in Bayou La Batre, Ala., declined a request for an interview. Burger King officials said Dr. Benjamin served on the company's nutritional advisory panel, formed last summer as part of "ongoing efforts to promote balanced diets and active lifestyle choices."

The Edelman public relations firm, hired by Burger King, recommended Dr. Benjamin and other specialists to serve on the panel, an Edelman spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Vicki Rivas-Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Dr. Benjamin would resign her position from Burger King upon confirmation by the Senate. She also said Dr. Benjamin would recuse herself from any specific party matters involving Burger King for the next two years as part of the Obama administration's ethics pledge.

"As the nation's leading spokesperson on public health, she will continue to promote healthy eating and exercise," she said.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: burgerking; fastfood; reginabenjamin

1 posted on 08/13/2009 2:46:50 PM PDT by traumer
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Yeah, she looks like she's very familiar with Burger King.
2 posted on 08/13/2009 2:48:52 PM PDT by FrdmLvr
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3 posted on 08/13/2009 2:49:34 PM PDT by humblegunner (Well.. we got change. Sure enough.)
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To: traumer

What was she...........the food taster? LOL


4 posted on 08/13/2009 2:51:18 PM PDT by NRA2BFree ("To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: humblegunner

Ha! Now that’s funny. And I’m not sure which of those two is creepier. Probably the King, I don’t think Ronald McDonald has ever been in some man’s bed in a commercial.


5 posted on 08/13/2009 2:52:00 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: traumer

Sounds like a conflict of interest to me


6 posted on 08/13/2009 2:52:06 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: traumer

Free whopper with every cholesterol test. They then say since you have such a high cholesterol count they will have to tax you more.....

It all makes sense...... In a sick sorta way.


7 posted on 08/13/2009 2:52:42 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: NRA2BFree
"What was she...........the food taster? LOL"

LOL is right. Great line for the late nites.

8 posted on 08/13/2009 2:53:41 PM PDT by eureka! (Elections have consequences, boy howdy. *sigh*)
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“The documents do not specify the scientific issues on which Dr. Benjamin advised the fast-food company, and her medical office in Bayou La Batre, Ala., declined a request for an interview. Burger King officials said Dr. Benjamin served on the company’s nutritional advisory panel, formed last summer as part of “ongoing efforts to promote balanced diets and active lifestyle choices.”

It’s embarassing to admit there is NO SCIENCE involved when it comes to the LIBERAL, POWER HUNGRY AGENDA!


9 posted on 08/13/2009 2:54:41 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: traumer

ONE BIG JOKE!

You couldn’t write this stuff


10 posted on 08/13/2009 2:55:01 PM PDT by Def Conservative (Obama is a joke.)
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To: traumer

More big government intrusion — if I want to stop my heart with a triple-decker, grease-dripping, cheese-loaded, mayonaize-drenched two-handed giant burger, I will do it. And if Burger King wants to sell those, they should if THEY want to.


11 posted on 08/13/2009 2:55:24 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: humblegunner

One of the creepiest ad campaigns ever run. Here’s the king, our spokesperv.


12 posted on 08/13/2009 2:55:24 PM PDT by greatplains
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To: traumer
This positively hilarious!

Referring to a Demoncrat disavoving her party and being ETHICAL in the same paragraph!

Excerpt:

Vicki Rivas-Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Dr. Benjamin would resign her position from Burger King upon confirmation by the Senate. She also said Dr. Benjamin would recuse herself from any specific party matters involving Burger King for the next two years as part of the Obama administration's ethics pledge.

Now, we'll have the government CONTROLLING what we EAT. I wonder if they are thinking about TAXING YOU MORE if you insist on frequenting as fast food place.

13 posted on 08/13/2009 2:57:53 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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This positively hilarious!

Referring to a Demoncrat disavowing her party and being ETHICAL in the same paragraph!

Excerpt:

Vicki Rivas-Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said Dr. Benjamin would resign her position from Burger King upon confirmation by the Senate. She also said Dr. Benjamin would recuse herself from any specific party matters involving Burger King for the next two years as part of the Obama administration's ethics pledge.

Now, we'll have the government CONTROLLING what we EAT. I wonder if they are thinking about TAXING YOU MORE if you insist on frequenting as fast food place.

14 posted on 08/13/2009 2:58:08 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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We have a massive obesity problem in this country, so what does President Imp do, he hires an obese Surgeon General who also moonlights for a fast food company that pumps high trans fat and salt into the youth of America. You cannot write comedy this funny.

Well, what do you expect from someone who thinks the national language of Austria is Austrian! He is dumb, once you get past the smooth patina and the teleprompter goes dark he is very dangerous and stupid. Did he really write his own books...or pulled a Biden?


15 posted on 08/13/2009 2:59:05 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus (Light from Light)
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Have you seen how FAT, Dr. Regina Benjamin IS?

How the hell does she have the nerve to act like Ms. HEALTHY. She looks like she OD’s on Whoppers every day. She is a FAT brown COW!


16 posted on 08/13/2009 3:01:50 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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Have you seen how FAT, Dr. Regina Benjamin IS?

How the hell does she have the nerve to act like Ms. HEALTHY.

She looks like she OD’s on Whoppers every day.

She is a FAT brown COW with BIG WHITE CHOPPERS!


17 posted on 08/13/2009 3:03:03 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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She also said Dr. Benjamin would recuse herself from any specific party matters involving Burger King for the next two years as part of the Obama administration's ethics pledge.

What does this mean? No more parties at Burger King for two whole years?

18 posted on 08/13/2009 3:03:54 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Remember Neda Agha-Soltan|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: traumer
That's a real nice restaurant you're running there.

It would be a shame if something were to happen to it...

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This is a protection racket, plain and simple. If you hire enough of the right people, for no-show jobs, for enough money, you guarantee that they will leave you alone. The Federal prisons are full of Italian-American mobsters who were convicted for running this very same scam.

19 posted on 08/13/2009 3:04:08 PM PDT by bondjamesbond (Because, deep in my heart, I do believe, that we shall overcome some day.)
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To: eureka!

Heh-yeah. They won’t be able to resist using this to take shots at “teabaggers” , Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney.


20 posted on 08/13/2009 3:04:20 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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I don't care. A Whopper Junior is still a well-spent dollar.
21 posted on 08/13/2009 3:12:58 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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22 posted on 08/13/2009 3:17:14 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Welcome to the Revolution.)
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Just wait till she sees what Hardees is up to:

Mmmm....*Six Dollar Burger*..mmmm...

23 posted on 08/13/2009 3:21:20 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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25 posted on 08/13/2009 3:36:09 PM PDT by traumer
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OK, so we have the extra-large Surgeon General-to-be advising Burger King. Meanwhile, Obama and Biden are photographed chowing down at a 5 Guys burger joint. And Michelle Obama admits she likes to sneak out of the White House for a burger, plus she takes the kids out for burgers.

None, and I mean NONE of these jokers had better start lecturing us about our eating habits.

(Do the Obamas own stock in these places? Do they play cattle futures?)


26 posted on 08/13/2009 6:40:07 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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