Oct 6, 2009

Doctors flanking Obama at event donated to his campaign

The four doctors who flanked President Obama at his White House press event today recommend his plan.

We all knew that.

What we didn’t know was that three out of the four donated to his presidential campaign.

It could be an ad slogan to put the toothpaste marketers who like to brag that nine out of ten doctors recommend their brand to shame.

The four doctors who stood and clapped along with Mr. Obama’s plans were Dr. Mona Mangat of St. Petersburg, Florida, Dr. Hershey Garner of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Dr. Richard A. Evans of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, and Dr. Amanda McKinney of Beatrice, Nebraska.

Campaign finance records made available by the Center for Responsive Politics show three of them gave thousands to Mr. Obama’s presidential campaign. Dr. Manget gave $500, Dr. Garner gave $4,415 and Dr. McKinney gave $1750.

No campaign donations were found in the 2008 election cycle for Maine-resident Mr. Evans.

Accordingly, 3 out of 4 doctors agree, contributing to the President’s campaign gets you a great photo-op!” joked one Republican Hill staffer who wished to remain anonymous.

The whole white coat photo-op appeared embarrassingly amateurish even without knowing it was staged by Obama backers.