Sanjay Gupta to be the next Surgeon General?(Update: Conyer opposes)

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.

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Re: Sanjay Gupta to be the next Surgeon General?

I was posting this as a diary since this is not 100% confirmed despite the fact that ABC reports it to be pretty much a done deal. I guess, I posted it as an entry by mistake.

Here is an ultrabrown link(for reaction in the Indian blogosphere or as Francis Holland would say Indosphere). eneral

Debate can commence on his exchange with Michael Moore regarding the Sicko debate.

by Pravin 2009-01-06 02:45PM | 0 recs
Very well...

IIRC, Gupta's comments re: Sicko were shoddy and intellectually dishonest.  

Nevertheless, he might still make a good SG.  I don't know anything else about the man.  And having an Indian-American in a prominent cabinet position would definitely be a plus.

by Captain Bathrobe 2009-01-06 03:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Having worked for the media

I don't understand this counterbalance thing in the US.. why is making up shit and telling lies counterbalancing?

I'm just venting but I am very dissapointed in this pick.. Gupta demonstrated in the review of the Moore movie and subsequently that he is a clown... I live with a public health professional and she's more qualified to be SG than this guy..

I got to say I'm not too enamoured of Obama's choices...too many people from the Clinton administration- not enough fresh blood- and now this guy?

by obama4presidente 2009-01-06 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Having worked for the media

If you dissect most public figures, you will find something annoying, including Obama. So I would not be down on this guy based on that one tv episode.

by Pravin 2009-01-06 03:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Having worked for the media

I hear you but its a bit different in my mind when you are talking about health and you are doing so as a Doctor.

by obama4presidente 2009-01-06 03:58PM | 0 recs
Re: The Clinton administration thing

But its like he's going to great lengths to fit Clinton people.. I mean Pannetta (sic) at CIA?? Now I happen to like Panneta but even I have a tough time seeing him as whats needed at CIA.

I mean its not hard to find someone equally or more qualified for CIA than a 70 year old former Clinton Chief of Staff!

I call them like I see them...

by obama4presidente 2009-01-06 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: The Clinton administration thing

I doubt Sanjay Gupta was anywhere in the White House power structure when Clinton was President. The objection to too many Clintonites dealt with the cabinet members. Of course, there are going to be a lot of qualified Democrats who served under some capacity during that time.

by Pravin 2009-01-06 04:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Did you read Panetta's views of torture?

Don't be rude now.. we're on the same side I think...

by obama4presidente 2009-01-06 04:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Did you read Panetta's views of torture?

Never mind..

I probably misread your email.. it seemed kind of patronizing but I probably misread it..

anyways whatever..we'll see..

by obama4presidente 2009-01-06 04:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Having worked for the media

Beacause there has to be this notion of balanced coverage, even if one side or the other is worse than defending the indefensible.

by spirowasright 2009-01-06 05:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Having worked for the media

Counterbalancing is nonsense, at least from my perspective.  If you're talking about an opinion issue, fine. By all means, explore other viewpoints.  But facts are facts.  If I get on TV and say that the world is round, CNN doesn't need to bring out a flat earth knucklehead to say it isn't.

by Denny Crane 2009-01-06 09:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Sanjay Gupta to be the next Surgeon General?

Not without a birth certificate...

by QTG 2009-01-06 04:04PM | 0 recs
at first i thought...

when i read the title that this was a joke - for reals?  sanjay gupta as SG, is it bad that this has caused me to giggle non-stop?

by canadian gal 2009-01-06 04:25PM | 0 recs
I'm liking Obama's appointments!!!

Sanjay is a good choice - beats the hell out of that clown Bush had - David "say a prayer for PMS" Hager!!! I think he ran FDA or something.....

Picking Gupta, like Panetta - is daring and is Change - different than the usual.....

Maybe he'll pick Oprah for Education Secretary since she has that school in South Africa!!! (lol!!)

by nikkid 2009-01-06 05:56PM | 0 recs
I suspect

Dr. Gupta is going to be the public face of Health Care Reform. He's well-known and incredibly media-savvy. Plus, despite appearances, he's got serious medical cred. Didn't he save some Marine's life in Iraq?

Daschle is the inside man, and now Gupta will be the "face" - no Harry and Louise this time.

by Neef 2009-01-06 07:33PM | 0 recs
Re: At first

I said, "WTF?", but I'm warming up to the idea of SG Gupta. Best thing of all is that I can't find any reference at all to who he supported in the primary.

by QTG 2009-01-07 03:38AM | 0 recs
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In case anyone is curious how the Indian AMerican blogs are covering this.

by Pravin 2009-01-06 09:06PM | 0 recs

They seem like a well-read bunch.

by Dracomicron 2009-01-07 04:55AM | 0 recs


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