Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) today released the following letter from her doctor to clear up, once and for all, the question of whether her migraines would interfere with her ability to be president.
Dear Congresswoman Bachmann —
The enclosed summary regarding your experience of migraine headaches is provided to you as per your request. You are overall in good general health.
You have a well-established diagnosis of migraine headaches with aura for which you have had an extensive evaluation by both my office and by a board certified consulting neurologist. Your evaluation has entailed detailed labwork and brain scans all of which were normal. Your migraines occur infrequently and have known trigger factors of which you are aware and know how to avoid. When you do have a migraine, you are able to control it well with as-needed sumatriptan and odansetron. It has not been necessary for you to take daily scheduled medications to manage this condition. You have not needed medical attention from me regarding your migraines with the use of the above-mentioned commonly used therapies.
Brian P. Monahan, MD, MACP
So, there you have it. The Attending Physician of the U.S. Congress says she’s good to go. As Ed explained when this story first “broke,” the journalism behind the report was shoddy at best. But as I said yesterday, I don’t envy her any migraine. She doesn’t seem any more susceptible to the stresses of the presidency than any other candidate — if anything, her tenacious determination to dispel the rumors about these headaches just proves how on top of things she is (not to mention the depth of her desire for the position!) — but the whole episode still serves as a reminder that the presidency is obviously not for the faint of heart. Obama’s hair betrays that fact.