What about Obama’s medical records?

posted at 9:05 am on October 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

ABC goes after Sarah Palin for not releasing her medical records this week after less than two months on the campaign trail.  Palin promised last week that she would release them “early” this week, and Kate Snow impatiently noted yesterday that Wednesday is the outer limit of “early”:

Governor Palin’s campaign still has not released any information regarding her medical records despite frequent requests from the news media and the campaign’s own assertion that they would release this information soon.

On Sunday morning, Palin spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt told ABC News that the campaign had planned to release information on her medical history early this week.

Today is Wednesday. …

Aides suggested privately that there was nothing to hide in the records, but that it was simply taking a while to call doctors and round up the appropriate information to release.  But an entire week?

Kate, I have a suggestion.  Call all of the physicians you’ve seen over the last 20 years (or even 5) and tell them you want copies of your medical records.  Tell them you need them ASAP.   See if you can get them in a week, in a releasable format for the press.  Do that, report on it, and then see whether waiting one whole week is so difficult.

And while that investigation continues, check ABC’s reporting for the story on the release of Barack Obama’s comprehensive medical records.  That will take Snow a little longer, because it never happened.  In May, the campaign released a 276-word summary of Obama’s medical status, but that’s all.  While the media hounded John McCain for detailed records last spring because of his skin cancer, they have shown no such curiosity over Obama, a lifelong smoker with at least a significantly elevated risk for cancer and heart disease.  Obama also hasn’t had a checkup in over a year, which made the summary a little dated when it was released.

While ABC frets over the medical records of a non-smoking 44-year-old mother of five, where’s the concern over the smoker who’s running at the top of the Democratic ticket?  Why hasn’t the national media shown the slightest interest in Obama’s health records?


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Todd Palin is a snowmobiling champion, and we all know how much pu-tang those guys get.

Poor dogs.

LimeyGeek on October 30, 2008 at 11:43 AM

I don’t think Obambi could pass a drug test.

Weed stays in your system for 30 days….let’s see those results.

Word is that Obambi has NOT kicked the mary jane habit.

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 30, 2008 at 12:00 PM

As usual, the McCain camp is using Palin to graphically highlight one of Obama’s inadequacies.

Governor Palin is being hounded for her medical records.
Senator Obama has never, and will never, release his.

Fun talking point — but it will get lost in the shuffle this week, as it should, unless they decide to go with another round of “Who the heck is Barack?”

They probably won’t though. Plenty of other ammunition.

ClintACK on October 30, 2008 at 12:02 PM

I have news for Obama. I’d rather fight than switch!

johnnyU on October 30, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Kate Snow seems to concentrate on the BOTTOM of the ticket for the Pubs… and yet, not concerned about the Dems TOP of the ticket.

It would be interesting to see if Obama broke any smoking laws while here in California.

originalpechanga on October 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM

If the media wasn’t completely in the tank, we would be hearing about the implications of Obama’s admitted cocaine use for permanent heart damage and greatly increased risk of heart attack.

cool breeze on October 30, 2008 at 12:58 PM

catman, you raise an interesting point:
“Even if Obama dies in office, he will rise again so there’s no worries…” Let’s say that Obama is President, but is bitten by a vampire and becomes one himself. Does that make Biden the President? Obama is still around, undead, but has to schedule all of his meeting from dusk to dawn. But legally, he’s dead, so Biden should assume the office, maybe hang garlic all over…what do you think?

Doug on October 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Aren’t we still waiting for Bill Clinton’s medical records?

manfriend on October 30, 2008 at 2:11 PM

That’s what I was wondering a while back…

Does Obama Have Cancer?

TexasAg03 on October 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Maybe we’ll find Obama’s medical records with Hillary’s Whitewater records? Just a thought.

eaglewingz08 on October 30, 2008 at 2:31 PM

But people, there is no bias in the media…….
Nothing to see here. Move along.
These are not the droids you’re looking for.

That’s what I was wondering a while back…

Does Obama Have Cancer?

TexasAg03 on October 30, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Obama is a cancer.

Badger40 on October 30, 2008 at 2:43 PM

Dear ABC News, Good Morning America, and Kate Snow producers:

I am positive that ABC and its News affiliates have the actual Medical Transcripts for Senator Obama. I am positive about this fact, since he has been campaigning for about two years and because Kate Snow believes waiting even one week is too long. Two years seems to be ample time to disclose such important information. Therefore, I am requesting you direct me to this information in your archives.

Thank you for quick reply.

Sultry Beauty on October 30, 2008 at 3:07 PM

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Sultry Beauty on October 30, 2008 at 4:40 PM

My lady friend emailed me the following.

Here’s a medical summary for you, and the news media, and anyone else who’s interested. Gov. Palin recently survived pregnancy and childbirth, and she can walk quickly and firmly in high heels. That’s sufficient reason to believe that she’s in pretty decent condition. Trust me, that whole pregnancy thing is a load test for all the biological systems. Walking around, looking alert and graceful, in high heels is good enough evidence that everything else is working very well indeed.

I doubt any of the men could do it.

I bow to her comments.

E9RET on October 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

I doubt any of the men could do it.

Don’t think Sullivan hasn’t tried.

Jim Treacher on October 31, 2008 at 2:19 AM

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