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In the branches of my rather large family tree is found my brother the doctor. Yes, he’s a board certified med school graduate authorized to add the letters M.D. after his name. So when I have a medical dilemma I pick up my phone and dial his number. Usually he’s pretty cool about answering whatever question I might have – especially if it concerns my bride or our two kids.

He did sound rather tired once when I call him at two o’clock in the morning. I thanked him for his wise counsel and added “there were several times in our youth when I could have – by action or inaction – killed you. This kinda thing makes me glad I kept you around.”

All kidding aside, know my brother MD like I do, I trust him with my life. More importantly, I trust him with the lives of the Ravishing Mrs. Cordeiro and our family. Why? Because he’s earned it. I know he has the experience and wisdom earned from years of dealing with life and death decisions on a daily and sometimes hourly basis.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Blogosphere Jury, I have no such trust when it comes to the President of the United States.

I have serious issues with any politician with the audacity to refer to himself as those among the “partners with God in matters of life and death” There is absolutely nothing in Barack Obama’s experience that qualifies him to impose his vision of “healthcare reform” upon those who practice medical care and more importantly upon those who receive it.

Over the past few weeks he’s managed to mangle references to a wide variety of diseases and their treatments. While some may be able to dismiss his remarks as casual carelessness, I’m wary of a president who seems to think doctors would rather amputate a diabetic’s foot than treat the underlying condition properly. Such a bad case of foot-in-mouth disease shows The One to have a depth of medical knowledge that would rival only the kiddie pool. Maybe that’s what George Stephanopolus was referring two when he raised the concern of some Americans that Obama is “in over his head”.

The relationship between doctor and patient requires a certain element of trust. This trust must be earned by the doctor. Frankly, I would trust “Doctor” Obama to dispense asprin.

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