Sanjay Gupta to be the next Surgeon General?(Update: Conyer opposes)
by Pravin, Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 02:39:48 PM EST
By now, most of you have probably seen reports that Obama has approached Sanjay Gupta, CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent to become the next Surgeon General .Anyway, I say it's about time. Not having an Indian in most top visible positions for so long is like having no NCAA teams with black coaches. I used to watch ER with incredulity that it took so long to find a single freaking Indian cast member.
President-elect Barack Obama has approached CNN's chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta, to be the country's next surgeon general, the cable news network said Tuesday. CNN said it has kept Gupta from reporting on health care policy and other matters involving the incoming Obama administration since learning he was under consideration for the post.
A Democrat with knowledge of the discussions over the surgeon general spot cautioned that there was not yet a final decision on who would fill the post. The person spoke on a condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media on the matter.
For a lighthearted look, here is an Instyle magazine look at his wedding .
He worked under Hillary Clinton briefly during the 90s.
During the Clinton administration, he was a White House fellow and special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.
I will leave it up to the readers to fill in the picture.
I did read that he is against the legalization of marijuana. FWIW, I am pro legalization, but then again he is a doctor.
This seems to be the rare possible appointment that will get the most bipartisan support among regular citizens judging by the mixed reaction on right wing blogs instead of the knee jerk blind opposition to an Obama appointment.Update [2009-1-6 20:1:12 by Pravin]: Moved it from the front page as this is not 100% confirmed.Update [2009-1-8 14:49:34 by Pravin]: Unbelievable. We got Democrats who nitpicking over such minor appointments over individuals who are not even that bad. Conyers writes a letter to Obama voicing his opposition. Eric Holder fucked up during the Marc Rich pardon. I do not remember him raising a stink over that and Holder holds a much more powerful position. You got Feinstein pouting over the Panetta appointment. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/08/conyers-to-obama-do-not-n_n_156298.html