March 07, 2004
something in the water?

The Times had this tiny editorial on the importance of healthy presidential candidates, which makes total sense. But my question has always been, how come presidents don't get sick? There couldn't be a more stressful job on the body and mind, and yet, besides Bush 1.0 vomiting in Japan, I can't remember any president getting ill - from the common cold to an emergency root canal. My conspiracy sense says they have super meds the common man will never get his hands on, but I'm sure someone in the saturation crew has the answer.

Posted by elia at March 07, 2004 01:07 PM

Well, JFK had Addison's disease (that's why he always looked tan) like the rest of us, and had super meds that common men could also get their hands on, like hydrocortisone. Oh, and speed, for the back pain. I never quite understood how speed helps back pain, but maybe I haven't taken enough of it.

Posted by: kevin slavin on March 8, 2004 01:08 AM

before i came to understand the mighty powers of the suit (women look twice at me, people in art galleries try to sell me things, restaurant staff are nice, etc.) i always wondered why the president didn't just wear something casual. you know. relax.

speed? i just recently read somewhere that one of jfk's secret service nicknames was "two minutes" or something like that, cause he was quick if you know what i mean. in other circles this was referred to as "bad back jack."

Posted by: james on March 9, 2004 04:39 AM

You know, speaking of "presidential wear," I think it would be a great fundraising loophole if the candidates created their own clothing lines. "Nothing gets between me and my Bush Jeans."

Posted by: elia on March 10, 2004 10:13 AM
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