Fox Lashes Health Pick as as 'Too Fat to Serve'

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 22, 2009 4:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fox News ripped into President Obama's choice for surgeon general yesterday for being too fat for the job. "Enough fat for my next guest to say 'fat chance' for Dr. Regina Benjamin to even be considered," said host Neil Cavuto. The guest? Not a public health expert or even a politician, but a Denver gym owner wearing a "No Chubbies" T-shirt, notes Talking Points Memo.

"Would you want the head of the Fed Reserve to be a guy in a cardboard box?" asked gym rat Michael Karolchyk, who berates the "obese" Benjamin for "being lazy and making poor food choices." Talking Points Memo notes that Cauto's gym, notorious for cage dancers and a co-ed sauna, was raided by the IRS and shut down earlier this year. The blog also notes: "I don't remember C. Everett Koop being svelte. But then he wasn't black or a woman."

Dr. Regina Benjamin in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala.
Dr. Regina Benjamin in the waiting room at her temporary clinic in Bayou La Batre, Ala.   (AP Photo/The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Bill Starling)
Dr. Regina Benjamin, an Alabama family physician, speaks in the White House Rose Garden.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, an Alabama family physician, speaks in the White House Rose Garden.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Dr. Regina Benjamin, President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Dr. Regina Benjamin, President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, listens to Obama speak in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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