March 6, 2009

What happened with Sanjay Gupta?

"Gupta, who was once named one of the 'sexiest men alive' by People Magazine, was never officially named to the post and continued to report on CNN. He did not issue a statement or explain his decision Thursday. Sources said the medical journalist told CNN executives that he wanted to devote more time to his medical practice and to his duties at the network. But one source close to him said he was very disheartened by Daschle's fate and fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health reform process."

Okay. I understand. Thanks for the explanation, WaPo. He's rich and prominently sexy. He can't go into government without major flash and admiration. And some people were even going to pick at his credentials, maybe beat him up the way they did to poor little Tom. That won't do.

36 comments:

AllenS said...

He sees a sinking ship, and decides not to climb on board.

LarsPorsena said...

Unpaid taxes, perhaps?

jayne_cobb said...

Clearly Michael Moore, as the Democratic leader, vetoed this entire appointment.

traditionalguy said...

Good and successful men do not want to become the pinata for the benefit of the political exhibition in Washington unless they see a chance to make a difference. Like Daschle he served Obama's purpose of making a first impression that Obama planned to make carefully measured improvements in our health care delivery system. I suspect Gupta learned in the last two months that the Obama Gang plans a radical replacement of the existing system by government ownership of all the personel and resources. For Gupta that would be to destroy all of the private health care he has ever known and replace it with Unionized governmental employees. That was too horrible to contemplate for anyone who knows the truth that competency in Doctors/nurses is 100% more important than Governmental Control of everyone's lives.

Peter V. Bella said...

He may have something to hide. You know, nanny problem, tax issue, the run of the mill that the average upper middle class person has. Or maybe he decided to avoid sullyng up his reputation by joining the Washington Cess Pool.

Good name for a sports team- the Washington Cess Pools!

Bob said...

Summon the Waaaaaaaaaahmbulance for the crybaby.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Republicans have no issues or appeal. So they are scaring off nominees.

Pissed Off Hillbilly said...

Maybe they found out he paid his taxes.

ricpic said...

Hindus gotta pay taxes too, Sanjay.

Original Mike said...

Yeah, I'm guessing taxes, too. That's what happens when you set the bar so high, Obama.

Shanna said...

My default guess for the entire administration at this point is unpaid taxes. Someone the other day suggested "No representation without taxation" as a slogan. Heh.

Roger Sweeny said...

I suspect the reason is "fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health reform process."

Though Obama ran as the thoughtful, new way of governing candidate, his governing style has been pretty old school.

Health care reform isn't going to be a seminar. It's going to be a rugby scrum. The best ideas won't win. The most power will. As an outsider, he doesn't have much power. He'll get beat up--so he said, "Thanks but no thanks."

k*thy said...

I'd guess that he's not a civil-servant type of guy.

Donald Douglas said...

It's the money, Ann! He was in for a major downsize in moving over to the SG post. Of course, if he was down with the tax hikes for plus-250k earners, we would be joking about his sexy flash...

madawaskan said...

AllenS-

Ya but he signed up with CNN...

Shorter version of what The Washington Post is trying to hint at-

Bimbo Irruption.

Mort-

Damn it- when you're awake now you blame Republicans.

Yes the almghty, all powerful Republicans.

Heck Cantor is half your size maybe-but he could still kick your can because all he would have to do is whisper-
republican and you'd fall over.

EDH said...

"What happened with Sanjay Gupta?"

He flew the coup-ta!

hdhouse said...

Ahhh I get it.

The President of the United States asks you to serve the country and you'd rather do TV and private practice so you decline the call.

Got it. Next.

former law student said...

He released an EP this year, and apparently he's still rocking his fauxhawk.

John Lynch said...

So how much does he owe the IRS?

traditionalguy said...

Do I smell the same Racisim towards Gupta's existence that The Professor sensed in the initial reaction to Jindal? FYI, The large number of Indian doctors in our health care system since 1980 have invested in leveraged real estate supported by the cash flow of their medical practices and done very well in it. They do not live extravagantly. They only display wealth at their childrens Medical educational expenses and their childrens weddings, which are the Show Off moment for them. Anyway, they do not see any benefit in becoming Government Workers at existence level wages while their investments over 30 years disappear all to please the New Community Communists. Helping Obama destroy them is not their first choice. That is very smart. When will the rest of us wake up from an Obama induced Hypnotic state and join them.

Joe said...

It suddenly occurred to Gupta that his life was going to opened to scrutiny in much the same way a hungry man opens a can of soup without a can opener, but with a knife and sharp rock.

Awesome said...

Don't hitch your wagon to a massively unstable disintegrating comet burning up in the atmostphere, darling!

David said...

Surgeon General never was a high power appointment. He just realized that?

Of course we have no idea of the real reason why he withdrew. Even if he said it out loud, no one would believe him.

So the various speculations in this post--and many others--will now attach to his reputation forever.

The bigger news is the inability of Geithner to put a senior staff in place. The Obama administration has had a train wreck pulling away from the station platform. Not good.

Trooper York said...

He decided to take the 13th place on American Idol instead?

Michael Hasenstab said...

It was the requirement that he wear the Everett Coop beard and Jocelyn Elders uniform that shooed him away.

Agi said...

He was not that into service and sacrifice for this position. Or it was the taxes. Wonder if a "random" audit's in his future. Anyway, we're better off.

Seven Machos said...

Deepak Chopra is available. Tony Robbins.

Synova said...

I suspect the reason is "fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health reform process."

At the very least I think that this is something that ought to be tracked. There have been several incidents, small things, that lead me to wonder if Obama can't delegate authority - doesn't trust people to do the jobs they are appointed to.

The President of the United States asks you to serve the country and you'd rather do TV and private practice so you decline the call.

The TV personality thing can be seen as public service, if it is approached as such. It's a fabulous opportunity to educate people. Private practice for a doctor/surgeon is a direct contribution to the well-being of other people. Money is good, but the feeling of personal efficacy is important, very important, to a whole lot of people.

Being asked to give up those things would seem a good choice if the trade-off were to do something with a great deal of intrinsic reward. As hokey as it sounds "making a difference" makes a difference.

It's not possible to know someone else's motivation. Sometimes you can't know it even if they tell you. But I think that the possibility that the great down-side to this appointment is a lack of assurance that it will be an appointment of responsibility and influence shouldn't be ignored.

blake said...

Speculatin' is fun!

(I got nothin'.)

Eric said...

I suspect the reason is "fearful he was not going to get a prominent role in the health reform process.

Eh? So he's a doctor and he got this far along in the process before he realized Surgeon General is a purely ceremonial post? No, no, that doesn't wash.

Do any Democrats pay taxes? Garage, do you pay taxes? FLS?

dick said...

Synova,

I think you hit it. That is exactly the part that Carter played. He appointed people way beyond their abilities and then tried to do their job and his and failed at both. I can see Bambi doing this as well. He has so far done a horrible job of appointing people and they have screwed up royally at almost everything. Soon he will either have to step in and do something or just let the chips fall where they may and try to explain it away. Carter tried to step in and failed miserably. I think Bambi is going to fail also and I think he will just let the chips fall. He is not a hands on person and wouldn't know what to do even if he were. His pragmatism done went.

Michael Hasenstab said...

Deepak Chopra is available. Tony Robbins.

Dr. Dre is available, as is Doctor McGillicuddy. Dr. house, now that would be a great surgeon general.

former law student said...

Garage, do you pay taxes? FLS?

Enough where my deductions are limited, and where I have to calculate (but not pay) AMT. Untaxed dividends are a godsend, of course, even though it discourages me from earning more by the sweat of my brow.

Revenant said...

The President of the United States asks you to serve the country and you'd rather do TV and private practice so you decline the call.

The role of the Surgeon General is largely one of public relations anyway. Gupta would probably have been a good choice for it, but I don't think he's really hurting the country any by backing out.

Synova said...

Dick,

He has so far done a horrible job of appointing people and they have screwed up royally at almost everything.

Even capable people will screw up if they feel like they have to second guess their decisions because they expect to have their decisions countermanded.

Some Seppo said...

Traditionally surgeons were also barbers. I suggest he appoint Floyd the Barber.