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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Posted by on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 11:05 AM


Eli mentioned it in the Morning News, and I'm revisiting it: The idea that Dr. Regina Benjamin (pictured above in a photo from U.S. News & World Report) is too fat to be Surgeon General.

What's your take on the "Dr. Regina M. Benjamin is too fat to be Surgeon General" brouhaha?


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Good choice. Surgeon General, like ALL of my high-school PE teachers, should be at least moderately overweight.
Posted by Limey Rick on July 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM · Report this
mackro 2
C. Everett Koop wasn't exactly an A&F model either.
Posted by mackro on July 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM · Report this
playswithknives 3
Obama could walk out on the white house lawn tomorrow and cure cancer, end world hunger, bring peace to the middle east, and people would still bitch.
Posted by playswithknives on July 21, 2009 at 11:33 AM · Report this
honestly, she just looks like a woman w/ huge boobs and is really not that overweight.
Posted by muffin on July 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 5

Her arms don't look that big, that's for sure.


I always trusted/liked my overweight PE teachers better than the skinny ones. I don't want some skinny bitch lecturing me on my health.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 21, 2009 at 11:42 AM · Report this
if only americans had thin role models, people we could see every day on tv, in movies, and print media, then as a nation we would have some chance of becoming skinny.
why are we hiring a doctor, of all people, to talk about our national health! why can't we find some tiny, photogenic person and just show her picture to everyone! why am i the only person who cares about america!
Posted by cranky on July 21, 2009 at 11:59 AM · Report this
Fnarf 7
How can we be expected to learn about health from someone with HUGE BOOBS? Where's her friggin' bow tie and wall of leather-bound books?
Posted by Fnarf on July 21, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Report this
Womyn2me 8
Well, at least she is so good that all they can find to complain about is her weight...
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\ on July 21, 2009 at 12:04 PM · Report this
kim in portland 9
She has a lovely smile.
Posted by kim in portland on July 21, 2009 at 12:05 PM · Report this
She's from the South. Let's have some realistic expectations.
Posted by TwentySides on July 21, 2009 at 12:08 PM · Report this
David Schmader 11
Cranky wins.
Posted by David Schmader on July 21, 2009 at 12:09 PM · Report this
Your face is too fat to be Surgeon General.
Posted by Don't you think he looks tired? on July 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM · Report this
The Amazing Jim 13
Does she smoke meth and have a Tweety Bird tattoo? If not, I'd say she's a step up from the usual bunch from the last administration.
Posted by The Amazing Jim on July 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM · Report this
Our Lady Of Guadalupe 14
She big, she fat!
Posted by Our Lady Of Guadalupe on July 21, 2009 at 12:42 PM · Report this
Her ass so fat you can see it from the front
Posted by asfda on July 21, 2009 at 12:47 PM · Report this
I would've clicked on all of the last four options, really.
Posted by thryn on July 21, 2009 at 12:52 PM · Report this
Dan Savage told me I should hate all those weak, willpower-lacking fat people.
Posted by bigyaz on July 21, 2009 at 1:07 PM · Report this
First, she is clearly qualified and her weight has nothing to do with her ability to do the job well. Second – and I should preface it by saying that I look a little like Burl Ives – what if she takes the extra initiative and starts a "Slim Down, America" campaign wherein she invites Americans to join her in a fitness/healthy-eating program of her own design, and the entire country loses weight together, including her?

Other possible names for the "program" include:
-Who's skinny now, France
-I'd like the Oreo Milkshake 64
-Kale we can believe in
-Yes we can...not really go for another McGriddle right now.
-Hands across another Kashi pizza because, I mean, they're only like 300 calories each and that's not really a dinner.
Posted by Strath on July 21, 2009 at 1:12 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 19
There was a scene in that new show about a model who dies and comes back as a size 14 lawyer where she had all her new friends stand up and points out that they are the typical size of an American woman nowadays.

Don't be hatin.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 21, 2009 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Original Monique 20
Oh Schmader you are hilarious!

"If she were a fat white Southern Republican Christian woman nominated by Bush, we wouldn't be having this conversation, because Slogfolk would be leading the "stupid fattie wants a job!" mockery parade. "

Is perhaps the best thing written on slog today. Kudos!
Posted by Original Monique on July 21, 2009 at 1:26 PM · Report this
I wish I could vote in multiple categories. Can't we get some sort of Australian ballot thing going?

For the record: "If she were a man we wouldn't be having this conversation" and "I'd hit it."
Posted by dwight moody on July 21, 2009 at 1:43 PM · Report this
I don't recall C Everett Koop being in great shape either.
Posted by Gomez on July 21, 2009 at 2:06 PM · Report this
Seems very simple to me.
She doesn't just have "big boobs." She's quite clearly obese. And choosing an obese person to be the leading spokesperson on public health is the same as choosing someone who smokes. It makes no sense at all.
Posted by Double D Everett Koop on July 21, 2009 at 2:16 PM · Report this
I'd say her weight makes her more qualified to be surgeon general, since she won't be taking money under the table to encourage people to go to weight loss programs that don't work and take your money anyway.
Posted by guy on July 21, 2009 at 2:19 PM · Report this
Hernandez 25
What does here body size/shape have to do with her qualifications for the Surgeon General position? The argument being made against her tries to construe the (supposed) symbolic value of having a thinner person in that position as some sort of substantive characteristic that should trump education, experience and leadership. That's quite possibly the dumbest thing I've heard in a long time.
Posted by Hernandez on July 21, 2009 at 4:03 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 26
@21 for the insightful straight male win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 21, 2009 at 10:58 PM · Report this
reverend dr dj riz 27
will she teach our children how to masturbate ?
Posted by reverend dr dj riz on July 22, 2009 at 12:51 AM · Report this
"if she were a man we wouldn't be having this conversation" because, in this picture especially, it is her breasts that make her look especially overweight - without them, she would just be on the heavier side of normal.
Posted by bigmouth8 on July 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM · Report this

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