Obama tells reporters: No lectures about cholesterol

March 2, 2010

OBAMA/U.S. President Barack Obama has been advised by his doctors to watch a borderline-high cholesterol level but that didn’t stop him from sitting down to a lunch of  fried chicken on Tuesday.

While visiting Savannah, Georgia to pitch his “cash for caulkers” tax credit proposal, Obama surprised the lunch crowd at Mrs. Wilkes’ Dining Room by stopping in with his entourage of press, staff and security.

As platters of chicken and sweet potatoes were brought to the table, Obama admonished reporters: “I don’t want any lectures about my cholesterol today.”

“And don’t tell Michelle what I’m eating,” he added.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 180-pound Obama works out every day and generally favors health foods like grilled fish and vegetables. But  in a development he blamed on his 2008 presidential campaign, his cholesterol levels have risen.

A routine medical exam on Sunday showed he had an overall cholesterol level of 209, slightly above the normal level of 200. Obama’s level of LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol, was 138 and his doctor has recommended that he try to reduce that to 130 through changes in his diet.

Records from a 2007 exam showed Obama’s overall cholesterol level then was 173.

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Photo Credit: Reuters/ Larry Downing (Obama is served fried chicken as he visit Mrs. Wilkes in Savannah, Georgia)

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So this is the unqualified boob who is lecturing the rest of us on healthcare: a Demwit who smokes, drinks and eats fried chicken, cheeseburgers and pie which many of us do not. At last he is getting no free pass when it comes to natural law. It is only a surprise that the spin doctors did not doctor his lab values from the doctor. Maybe he can walk right out of Washington and keep going until he’s back in the Chicago hood and stay there. The Nation and his cholesterol numbers would be far the better. He’s addicted to spending money we don’t have and “pork” fat too when The Nation’s Treasury is as bankrupt as his socialist agenda, spendthrift way and “junk” agenda for the US.

Posted by whatnofreepass | Report as abusive

Yes, he is a hypocrite but he has a right to eat, smoke and drink what he wants.

He should remember this as he tries to force his agenda on us regulating what we eat, smoke and drink. We have as much right to make choices for ourselves as he does.

He is proving that government doesn’t have all the answers. Otherwise he would be practicing what he preaches and be an example for all of us.

Do as I say not as I do…That’s his motto.

For the record, that is my opinion.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive