“Did you tell the current president about his predecessors’ exercise routine and does this president ask you about how he could follow his predecessors’ example to be as fit as Barack Obama was?”
—Unidentified reporter at today’s press conference by Dr. Ronny Jackson regarding President Trump’s physical.
It doesn’t matter who this particular biased, incompetent, unethical journalist was. It is impossible for an objective individual—that is, one who is not totally unhinged by the Trump Presidency like the “resistance” fanatic who told Nancy Pelosi at her Q and A session over the weekend,
“The idea that we are going to put all our eggs in the basket of the 2018 midterm election is seriously delusional…[he is] “threatening the whole world with nuclear weapons, right, plundering our precious ecosystems, now opening up our coastline right now, accepting the fact that we are going to have a white supremacist in power for four years and Nancy Pelosi has said impeachment is off the table.”
—to have retained any respect for or trust the rotting profession that has so obviously abandoned all shreds of its traditional ethics. If the idiot who asked that question of Dr. Jackson was an outlier, or an imposter, or a performance artist, one could ignore it. But the assembled journalists didn’t laugh, or jeer. They probably all thought it was a fair question. It wasn’t. It showed that the news media’s absurd and crippling infatuation with Obama is still choking its collective brain by the stem.
Obama is a decade and a half younger than the President, so one possible answer to the query would be, “I told him to find Doc Brown’s DeLorean.” There is also scant evidence that Obama was especially fit. Unlike Trump, the President was (and perhaps is still) a smoker. He used recreational drugs, and he uses alcohol, none of which are activities that Trump ever engaged in. Unlike Obama’s predecessor, President Bush, he was not a conspicuous exerciser. He was younger and thinner than Trump, that’s all, and his medical condition was as vaguely described to the public as Trump’s was. Based on family history, Trump is a good bet to live longer than Obama. “It’s called genetics,” Jackson said. “Some people have great genes. I told the President if he had a healthier diet over the next 20 years, he might live to be 200 years old.”
The translation of the foolish question that I highlight today is, essentially, “We all like Obama much better than Trump. Why can’t be more like our idol?” That’s all. The news media should be embarrassed, but they are not. In 2013, Barbara Walters told an interviewer regarding Obama,
“We thought that he was going to be – I shouldn’t say this at Christmastime, but – the next messiah. And the whole Obamacare or whatever you want to call it, that Affordable Health Act, it just hasn’t worked for him and he’s stumbled around on it, and people feel very disappointed because they expected more.”
The translation of THAT statement is “I and my fellow journalists are naive, gullible, biased, partisan, historically ignorant and not very bright.” There was never a valid reason to expect an inexperienced but arrogant community organizer without any executive record or apparent skills to be a competent President, much less a “messiah.” Even now, after eight feckless years of dithering, obfuscating and dividing the nation are in the book and increasingly harder to spin, journalists are still in denial, and mourning the loss of their darling. This has rendered them incapable of doing their jobs competently, and it shows in questions like the Quote of the Month.
The whole press conference today was a wince-fest. The reporters weren’t trying to get facts or a balanced picture from Dr. Jackson. They were straining to bolster the narrative for Plan E, that the President is unfit for office and must be replaced. The questions included,
“Just to make sure we’re clear on this. When you analyze his cognitive ability or neurological functions, that’s not the same thing as a psychiatric exam?”
“There have been some questions as part of your examine, the president’s mental fitness. He’s pushed back on that. Can you assess the president’s mental fitness for office?”
“There was an incident recently where the president appeared to slur his words while giving an address. Did you look into what the cause of that might have been at all?”
“Could you just elaborate in layman’s term as possible …what you ruled out in these cognitive tests? There have been reports that president has forgotten names, repeating himself. Are you ruling things out early onset Alzheimer’s, dementia?”
“Given the president’s age, he’s somewhere like where President Reagan was. Can you say that there’s scrutiny of what was overlooked at the time with president Reagan in terms of A.L.S. And things he was then known to — Alzheimer’s and things he was then know to — known to suffer from. Can you say whether the tests you ran would exclude some of those things and what the possibility of overlooking something like that would be? How can you tell the American people that this time you’re certain?”
[President Reagan did not have ALS; this crack reporter was apparently confusing him with Lou Gehrig. Nor was he suffering from Alzheimer’s in office, but this is a popular anti-Reagan talking point.]
“A follow-up on the philosophy of the fitness of the President; a lot of people in the country have been talking about it contemplates a group of Senate confirmed layman will see if the president will discharge the duties of the office. Given some thought during your role, on what basis would you — this is just a philosophical question — advise the cabinet that the president is not able to discharge his duties?”
“Are you part of the decision-making process on handing over power to the Vice President or whoever?”
“You say that the president was the one who requested that cognitive tests — that it wasn’t necessarily needed for someone of his age. Did you — did he tell you why he wanted it done? There’s been a lot of speculation out there about his cognitive state. Was he upset with some of that talk? What were the discussions that you had from when he told you this is why I want to do it, why did he say he wanted to do it?”
“What is your take of doctors all across the country that they see symptoms of” dementia, another reporter asked. The doctor responded that the American Psychiatric Association has warned against this brand of “tabloid psychiatry.”
“Give us an idea of what the cognitive exam involved in that half-hour. And does that rule out any further psychological exams?”
“Did you make any recommendations against mental burnout? Medication or other things?”
“A question about the really the exam and other mental exam. They’re pretty good but they’re not great for someone high functioning. They’re not good at finding early stages of dementia. If the president is worried about it, would you recommend more extensive exams?”
“You mentioned a whole bunch of doctors that participated in Friday’s exam. And there are other questions about the president’s emotional health. Is there anyone on the president’s medical team such as a psychiatrist or a psychologist whose job it is to monitor the president’s emotional state or watch for potential psychiatric problems or indicators?”
“Because of his age and continuing his physicals in the future, will you also continue the cognitive testing?”
These are hostile, biased, non-too-bright partisans with an agenda. They deserve no respect or presumption of good will, and any deference or cooperation they receive from this President and his administration is generous, and more than they deserve.