Emily Lawrimore, a White House spokeswoman, said the surgeon general “is the leading voice for the health of all Americans.”
“It’s disappointing to us,” Ms. Lawrimore said, “if he failed to use this position to the fullest extent in advocating for policies he thought were in the best interests of the nation.”
“Yes, it’s your fault, Mr. Surgeon General, that our political interference kept you from doing your job properly.”
The absurdity of this reaction by the Bush Administration is so enormous that there is not really any need to comment on it at length. However, it should be pointed out (as Dr. X. did in the comments of the last post) that the 27-year-old Emily Lawrimore, who was a speech major at Clemson and later an executive assistant to Karl Rove, is probably not all that qualified to advise the Surgeon General on matters of science and health policy.
In fact, this sounds a little too familiar….
Hmmmm…. Are we seeing a pattern here yet?
Over at The New York Times’ Opinionator column, Tobin Harshaw sums up the response of the blogosphere (including the thoughts of yours truly). Unfortunately, you have to have Times Select access to read the column, but you can get free Select access if you have a university email address.