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Obama Undergoes CT Scan of the Throat; Results Normal

From a statement released this afternoon by Ronny L. Jackson, MD, FAAEM, Physician to the President and Director of the White House Medical Unit:

This morning, an ear, nose and throat specialist from Fort Belvoir Medical Center conducted a fiber optic exam, under my supervision, of the President’s throat based on symptoms of sore throat over the past couple weeks. The exam revealed soft tissue swelling in the posterior throat and I, in consultation with the specialist, determined that further evaluation with a routine CT scan was prudent. The CT scan was conducted this afternoon purely as a matter of convenience for the President’s schedule. The CT scan was normal. The President’s symptoms are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly.

From a statement by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest:

“The President has been complaining of a sore throat. In light of that and given that the President has free time in his schedule this afternoon, Dr. Jackson, the President’s physician, recommended he go to Walter Reed for some diagnostic tests. According to Dr. Jackson, the quickly scheduled test is a matter of convenience for the President, not a matter of urgency. We will provide additional updates when available.”

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98 Responses to Obama Undergoes CT Scan of the Throat; Results Normal

    • Yes, he’s taking a page from Tiger Wood’s book. After three rounds, Woods is at the bottom of the leader board in his own tournament. The first day it was his back. Yesterday and today it is a fever of 100 and a cough. Expect Obama to try to drum up excuses and sympathy from here on out.

      • Julie, I saw Ed Henry on Fox at 2:00 CT and he said turnout has been good at the precinct he was at in Baton Rouge. He said that polling place was actually for five precincts and there was a steady stream of people coming in all day and the parking lot was full, which he said might bode well for Landrieu. He then remarked that she needs a high black turnout today.

        Also, Ed Henry commented that if (when) Landrieu loses her Senate seat today, it will be historic in that come January every US Senate seat, governorship, and legislature from Texas all the way to the Carolinas will be Republican.

      • I heard earlier this afternoon, there was high turn out in certain areas, which would be beneficial to Landrieu.
        I have pulled up WAFB on the internet. They state I can go to #Electionon9. However I have never hashtag in my life. I am looking at the sports update now on the local news channel.

      • (typo in my comment above – wait, not want)

        I just checked Sidwell’s calendar and it looks like the O daughters’ last day of school before Christmas break is Friday, December 19th. I’m sure they’ll be leaving for Hawaii that afternoon or evening.

        Two questions: Will the family all fly together, or will they travel separately once again? Also, will Moochelle “treat” herself to an extended vacation like she did last year by flying over to Oprah’s mansion and staying in Hawaii for another week while O went back to DC with the girls who had to be back at school? Yes, I know the excuse last year was that it was a treat for her 50th birthday (before the big party they had back at the WH, plus her birthday dinner out at a fancy restaurant), Still, I think the precedent has been set, no more pesky elections to worry about, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Queen Mooch manages to squeeze an extra week of vacation out of her Hawaiian trip.

  1. Acid reflux ? Could that be diet related, like sneaking all those non-approved Michelle foods into the WH ? I know there’s trigger foods he may have to avoid ? My husband’s on Prilosec, easy-peasy. Obama will live another day to drive us crazy :)

  2. Given the rumors about Obama’s alternative romantic interests I could speculate about what might be irriatating Obama’s throat by I promised my wife that I would lay off the Monica Lewinski jokes unless Hillary runs for POTUS.

  3. Drudge is linking to an updated Reuters article:

    There are many risk factors for acid reflux, including smoking, use of alcohol and hiatal hernia, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Most people respond to lifestyle changes and medicines, although many patients need to continue on medication to control their symptoms.

    Obama had his annual physical exam in June and was given a clean bill of health by Jackson, who noted in a medical report that daily exercise, healthy eating and a tobacco-free lifestyle had helped the president stay in great shape. The president is a former smoker.


    “tobacco-free lifestyle” and “former smoker”, my arse.

  4. For anyone following the election results in Louisiana tonight:

    In addition to Landrieu’s Senate seat there are two House seats (one of which is Cassidy’s seat in the sixth congressional district, which he will be vacating when he wins the Senate race tonight).

  5. Thanks Keith and everyone for having the chance to share my happiness with the several scores that I kept running back to the computer to share with all of you.

    • It was a good night!

      U. S. Senator
      3866 of 4018 precincts reporting

      “Bill” Cassidy (R): 57% – 693594
      Mary L. Landrieu (D): 43% – 524533

      U. S. Representative — 6th Congressional District
      557 of 575 precincts reporting

      Edwin Edwards (D): 37% – 79790
      Garret Graves (R): 63% – 136351

      U. S. Representative — 5th Congressional District
      844 of 845 precincts reporting

      Ralph Lee Abraham (R): 64% – 134608
      “Jamie” Mayo (D): 36% – 74954


      I like what Gov, Jindal said:

      “Tonight, Louisianians rejected the rigid liberal ideology of President Obama and Mary Landrieu. The President was right, his policies were on the ballot this year, and Mary Landrieu is those policies’ latest victim,” Gov. Bobby Jindal said in a statement.

    • Thanks Lee. And good on Louisiana!

      Southern Republican sweep. Unlikely Holder is going to be able to transform the South into the Obama national police force .

  6. Now we have one more House seat that I’d really like to pick up (or flip back to Republican) – Gabby Giffords’ old seat in AZ. Last time, in 2012, Martha McSally (R) was ahead of Ron Barber (D), but then lost when all the provisional ballots were counted.

    This time, McSally is ahead by only 161 votes and the recount is currently underway with results expected by December 16th:

    GOP’s McSally Should Win Last Close House Race

    As of Thursday, Republican challenger Martha McSally led Democratic Rep. Ron Barber by a wafer-thin 161 votes out of more than 250,000 cast. The automatic recount in the 15-county district is expected to be completed by December 16.

    Should these figures hold up and retired U.S. Air Force Colonel McSally emerge triumphant, she will have made history. Along with being the Grand Canyon State’s first female Republican U.S. Representative, McSally, 48, will also become the first woman combat pilot to serve in Congress.


    “Martha should hold on, win, and reverse the results of ’12,” former State Republican Chairman Randy Pullen told Newsmax, recalling the contest two years ago in which McSally edged Barber by a few hundred votes but wound up losing by more than 1,400 votes after all the provisional ballots were counted, “This time, all votes — early, absentee, and provisional — have been counted.”

    Barber and the 2nd District have special significance for Democrats in Arizona and nationwide. In ’06, Gabrielle “Gabby” Giffords became the district’s first Democratic Member of Congress and, a week after being sworn in for a third term in January of 2011, she was seriously wounded in a shooting in Tucson where she was meeting constituents.

    Giffords eventually resigned from Congress to seek further medical rehabilitation and was succeeded by top aide Barber (who was also wounded in the Tucson shooting).

  7. A little Prilosec would take care of that. Perhaps that’s why medical and insurance bills are skyrocketing, because buffoons go to the hospital for sore throats and heart burn.

    • I couldn’t care less about Obama. but acid reflux is no joke. I had it for years, ignored it, and ended up with Barrett’s esophagus, which causes pre-cancerous lesions on the esophagus. If untreated Barrett’s esophagus can lead to esophageal cancer.

      I take prescription strength Nexium every day, and will continue to take it for the rest of my life, so I won’t end up talking like Darth Vader or dying of cancer. I, and others who have Barrett’s, are not buffoons.

      • While it’s imbecilic to go to the hospital for something so minor, failing to take care of one’s health isn’t a particularly bright idea either.

        • I once had a test for acid reflux–since I am heavy, they figured I had it bec I was having swallowing problems. They forced radioactive orange juice into my lungs with a belt around my diaphragm and x-rayed…nope, didn’t have it. Wonder if he is getting that one? (The swallowing was a medication reaction–they did not want to admit it.)

  8. It’s not acid reflux, it’s chronic soreness from lying too much.The lies are so vile and dishonorable they’re melting the soft tissue.