Mere weeks before the dogma of “trust the experts” was embraced to promote the COVID lockdowns, former President Barack Obama was evidently doing anything but in the name of political expediency in an email challenging a White House physician’s assessment of then-candidate Joe Biden as “unprofessional” and “disrespectful.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) served three sitting presidents with the White House Medical Unit, having joined during former President George W. Bush’s administration before serving as the physician to the president for Obama and former President Donald Trump.
Despite being eminently qualified to weigh in on the fitness of candidate Biden ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign, Jackson revealed in his upcoming memoir, “Holding the Line: A Lifetime of Defending Democracy and American Values,” that Obama excoriated the doctor in an email after he spoke out about Biden’s “crazy statements and concerning mental gaffes,” as reported by Fox News.
“I have made a point of not commenting on your service in my successor’s administration and have always spoken highly of you both in public and in private. You always served me and my family well, and I have considered you not only a fine doctor and service member but also a friend,” Obama offered kindly before laying into Jackson.
“That’s why I have to express my disappointment at the cheap shot you took at Joe Biden via Twitter,” the president went on to write. “It was unprofessional and beneath the office that you once held. It was also disrespectful to me and the many friends you had in our administration. You were the personal physician to the President of the United States as well as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. I expect better, and I hope upon reflection that you will expect more of yourself in the future.”
Jackson detailed that this email was sent to him within 20 minutes of a tweet he had posted in reaction to Biden stating he was candidate of the United States Senate while running for president. “Remember the cognitive test I gave [Trump]?” the doctor asked. “The one he aced! Sounds like somebody else might need some testing done!! Scary!!”
— Ronny Jackson (@RonnyJacksonTX) February 25, 2020
As he detailed in his memoir, “Biden was on TV again, making crazy statements and concerning mental gaffes; he didn’t know what state he was in or what office he was campaigning for. He apparently thought at one point that he was running for the Senate and later couldn’t remember what state he was campaigning in. This had been going on for months and was getting worse.”
“Trump never made crazy statements like the ones Biden was making almost every day,” Jackson offered by comparison, “but these people were jumping up and down: ‘He’s not fit to be president; he needs a cognitive test!'”
At the time, he explained that he considered calling Obama to push back against the unwarranted reproach, but instead decided, “You know what? Screw that guy! I’m not doing it,” and that was the last time he had been in contact with his former patient.
Throughout 2020, Obama readily contradicted this stance toward Jackson as he touted the phrase “follow the experts” and added “It’ll save lives” as he expected Americans to get in line and do as they were told.
It might be Labor Day weekend, but let’s all remember that we're still in the middle of a pandemic. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and follow the experts. It’ll save lives.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 5, 2020
When speaking directly with Fox News Digital, Jackson went on to reference the regularity with which corporate media has now taken to questioning Biden’s mental health and fitness as The New York Times recently did when he said “It’s awfully ironic now, considering [Biden’s mental fitness] is all anyone, including the liberal media, can talk about.”
“Let it be known, as the White House physician for the last three presidents, I was first to say that we have a serious problem with this man’s cognitive demise, and he will not make it four years in office,” Jackson added to the outlet. “I’ve always said there would come a point where it wouldn’t be just me talking about it, but his own party, and sadly, that has proven to be the case. Joe Biden’s cognitive failures are on full display for the whole world to see.”
Jackson’s memoir is set to release July 26.
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