So, Doc, is it a boy or a girl?

August 24, 2011

Blog Guy, I’ve heard our elected officials don’t earn much, and they have to find ways to supplement their income. Is that true?

Uh-oh, I suppose you’re going to ask me about former vice president Spiro T. Agnew, right?

Who? No, I was going to ask about President Barack Obama. Does he have any way of bringing extra money in during these tight times?

Oh, don’t you worry about old Doc Obama. His part-time pediatric practice is a tidy addition to his income as commander-in-chief. He picks up a few extra bucks at every stop, doing baby checkups along the lines of supporters.

I had no idea! So his practice is limited to when he’s on the road?

Mostly, but when he has some spare time he does examine patients in the Oval Office, as you can see here on the right.

Is that little girl okay?

Sure, she just needs to eat more riboflavin and niacin and stuff, according to Dr. President.

Blog Guy, this surprises me. Is this the first instance of the leader of a country also being a pediatrician?

No. I guess maybe you’re too young to remember “Baby Doc” Duvalier, down there in Haiti…

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Top: President Barack Obama holds a baby after landing in Buzzard’s Bay before boarding Marine One to take him to Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts August 18, 2011.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Right: Obama talks with Andrew Kline, outgoing Chief of Staff, Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement, in the Oval Office, July 12, 2011. Kline’s daughter, Logan, sits atop the Resolute Desk.  REUTERS/Pete Souza/Official White House Photo/Handout

Left: Obama holds a baby as he greets soldiers and their families during his visit to Fort Drum in New York, June 23, 2011. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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is this the infancy of Obamacare?

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Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Intellectual Property Enforcement.. Does Andrew Kline teach?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Oh baby, baby,
One more time, exSpearience
OE Blogosphere

Apologies to Britney and Blog Guy.

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku:

Pediatrician.
Or is he the President?
Really, what’s the diff?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Doc Obama deals with children when on the road and with children in Congress when he’s in Washington. He’s always surrounded by children.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

A presidential quandary:
Did Swift have right idea?
(Jon’than, not Taylor)

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

If the Blog Guy can fly high with his second no-longer-so-secret career, then the President can, too.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/05/11/flying-high-with-my-secret-care er/

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I just hope the kids get more attention and better treatment than he gives to his day job.

Posted by lemonttaylor | Report as abusive

@FriscoJohn, it is Britney who should be forever apologizing to us.

Obamacare. Death Panels. Obama giving physicals to children. I don’t like where this is going.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

@BG: the reference to “Baby Doc” is too funny!

When Obama gets to his vacation spot, does he become Doc Holiday?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive