Monday, July 13, 2009
Being Dr. Regina Benjamin
President Obama has nominated Dr. Regina Benjamin as the surgeon general. As the top advocate for the people, this nomination strikes me as a supreme choice, as Dr. Benjamin has long been an advocate for the people, especially for the least of these among us. According to the Associated Press she "made house calls along the impoverished Gulf Coast, paid whatever her patients could scrounge." Dr. Benjamin has "received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998, and Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the distinguished service medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice." We would be so honored to have such a surgeon general as an advocate for the people, even those "powerless" poverty-stricken among us.