My dad is a General Surgeon, and for years I thought that meant he was just an everyday Surgeon General, going to work and telling people stuff like, “Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.”
I remember finally realizing that when he went to work, he cut people open to save their lives and stuff, which sounded a bit cooler. But then I found out that the Surgeon General was this big, important spokesman job with the PHSCC, and was like, “Sounds great! Why don’t you go do that instead??”
My dad, uh, apparently had no interest in being the federal government’s go-to doc. But CNN’s amazian Sanjay Gupta did, and because he was on Obama’s short list for the job, we at DISGRASIAN were brimming with excitement.
Sadly, though, we just learned that the doctor has withdrawn his name from consideration.
“Sanjay Gupta was under serious consideration for the job of surgeon general,” [an Obama administration] official said in an e-mail. “He has removed himself from consideration to focus more on his medical career and his family. We know he will continue to serve and educate the public through his work with media and in the medical arena.”
URGGGG. What a huge bummer! And while we kinda believe that Dr. Gupta doesn’t want to make the career leap because he’s a family man, there’s a teeny-weeny part of us that thinks that ain’t the real reason.
Perhaps he really hates to lose. Could it be that he withdrew his name to avoid the remote possibility that he not be chosen? That would definitely mean: he ain’t gonna be the Surgeon General, but he sure as hell is Asian.
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