Obama Gets Clean Bill of Health

From CBS News' Allison O'Keefe:

CHICAGO – Barack Obama is in excellent health, according to a one page letter signed by his doctor. Obama's primary care physician, Dr. David Scheiner, said Obama's last check-up was in January of 2007 and that he has treated Obama for "minor problems such as upper respiratory infections, skin rashes, and minor injuries."

Obama is a smoker which might account for the upper respiratory problems. Although he says that he quit and chews Nicorette gum occasionally, Obama admits to having cigarette cravings. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Michelle Obama said that if anyone catches him smoking, they can tell her about it directly.

While on the road, Obama exercises every morning, running on the treadmill and playing basketball with the Secret Service if time permits.

During Obama's latest exam about a year and a half ago, his blood pressure was 90 over 60 and his cholesterol was 170, according to his doctor's letter. Scheiner concluded that Obama is in "overall good physical and mental health needed to maintain the resiliency required in the Office of President."

In contrast to the McCain campaign, which released stacks of medical records, lists of his medications, and details of his recent skin cancer, the Obama campaign only made his doctor's note available to the press.
  • Allison O'Keefe

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