The United States now has an Ebola czar. But what about a surgeon general? The gun lobby has successfully shot down his nomination -- at least so far.
If the black-and-white surgeon general's warning on cigarette packaging hasn't served as fair warning to smokers that bad things are likely to happen to them if they keep lighting up their cancer sticks, the new, super-graphic images to be slapped on their smoke packs just might.
The rocky road to staffing still-vacant government positions suffered a bit of a setback Thursday, as the creamy filling -- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, henceforth known as "The Gupta" -- of Obama's team withdrew his name from consideration for the post of surgeon general.
So CNN floated this rumor the other day that its very own snazzy doctor guy, neurosurgeon and embeddable reporter, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, might be making a "house call" to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. as our nation's next surgeon general, right? Not if Rep. John Conyers can help it.
Although the fact that his sponsoring network, CNN, reported this rumor makes it a tad suspect, it wouldn't be the first time that the concept of self-promotion was associated with the name of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's resident brain surgeon and talking head, who has apparently been approached by the Obama squad to potentially fill the position of U.S. surgeon general.
In an incendiary report Tuesday to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona (who served from 2002 to 2006) pointed a finger at the Bush administration for prioritizing politics over truth.
Meet the president's pick for our next surgeon general, Dr. James Holsinger, a man who once wrote that homosexuality is unnatural and unhealthy: "When the complementarity of the sexes is breached, injuries and diseases may occur." Injuries? Can't we just do without a surgeon general for a couple of years?
Army Surgeon General Kevin C. Kiley has resigned, the third military official to lose his job in the Walter Reed scandal. An anonymous defense official says Kiley was asked to step down by the acting Army secretary, who got his job only two weeks ago after another abrupt dismissal.