I would like to think I'm a rationale human being. I look at the news and get upset just like everyone else. Unfortunately, I don't fall on either side as easily as many people do. I'm okay with that. But, recently people have been attacking Michelle Bachmann's ability to lead because she has migraine headaches. I decided to Google past Presidents to see if they had similar problems. Here's the list:
Malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, dysentery, boils (carbuncles), tooth loss, hearing loss, presbyopia, infertility, quinsy, pneumonia, epiglottitis or strep infection of the larynx.
Hair loss, depression, boils, heartburn, falling into a coma, hyperthyroidism , porphyria, rheumatism, manic-depressive .
Cluster/tension headaches, broken/fractured bones, dysentery, depression, rheumatism, constipation, boils, hearing loss, enlarged prostate, Asperger syndrome .
Frostbite, frequent illness, hypochondria , inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis),arthritis, congestive heart failure. Weighed only 100 lbs.
Malaria, gunshot wound, seizure (stroke ), heart failure, tuberculosis.
John Quincy Adams
Hairloss, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage.
Sword wound, smallpox, depression, gunshot wound, malaria, dysentery, frequent headaches, tuberculosis, edema (dropsy), heart failure.
Martin Van Buren
Frequent colds, indigestion (dyspepsia), gout, asthma, heart failure.
William H. Harrison
Ulcer , stress, cold, pneumonia, pleurisy, jaundice, septicemia.
Paralysis, dysentery, colds, bilious fever , arthritis, bronchitis, stroke.
James K. Polk
Kidney stone, sterility, cholera, debilitating diarrhea.
Yellow fever, malaria, dysentery, double vision, nearsightedness (myopia), heat stroke, bilious fever, cholera or acute indigestion, arsenic poisoning
Paralysis and stroke.
Horse riding injury, depression, alcoholism, tuberculosis, cirrhosis of the liver.
Eye twitch, alcoholism, gout, respiratory failure.
Color blindness, strabismus (cross eyed), presbyopia, concussion, fractured jaw, malaria, depression, Marfan syndrome , scarlet fever , dental phobia, toothache, smallpox, hairloss, fatal gunshot wound.
Typhoid fever, alcoholism , stroke.
Ulysses S. Grant
Alcoholism , throat cancer (carcinoma of the tonsils and tongue).
Rutherford B. Hayes
Poison ivy dermatitis, heart attack (myocardial infarction).
Malarial fever (ague), cold, upset stomach, anal fissure, infected gunshot wound, heart attack or aortic aneurysm , blood poisoning, pneumonia.
Indigestion, gallstone disease , Bright's disease, malaria , hypertension, heart failure, cerebral hemorrhage (hemorrhagic stroke).
Obesity, leg laceration, typhoid fever, jaw (palate) cancer, hearing loss, nephritis, gout, heart attack.
Food poisoning, scarlet fever, contact dermatitis, nervous breakdown, cold, pneumonia,
Pancreatic necrosis, fatal gunshot wound, blood poisoning.
Nearsightedness (myopia), asthma, hyperactivity, gunshot wound, obesity, detached retina, blind in one eye, throat infection, thigh abscess, middle ear infection, deafness in one ear, rheumatoid arthritis, coronary embolism.
William H. Taft
Skull fracture and head injury due to wagon accident, sunburn, typhoid fever, severe obesity, dengue fever , perineal abscess, dysentery, food poisoning, heartburn, sleep apnea, motion sickness, constipation, headache, gout, cold, eye injury, pink eye, lower back pain (lumbago), hypertension, carpal tunnel syndrome , indigestion, atrial fibrillation, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic cystitis, atherosclerosis, myocarditis, heart failure.
Dyslexia , eye twitches, atherosclerosis, headache, cold, hypertension, multiple strokes.
Nervous breakdown, mumps, nasal allergy, mild aphasia , dermatitis, infertility , hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, stroke, pneumonia, flu , food poisoning , heart attack.
Often regarded as one of the most inept presidents in history
Depression, heart failure.
Croup (strep throat or laryngitis), measles, mumps, diphtheria, chicken pox, hatchet injury to finger, burn injury to foot, gall bladder disease, shingles, intestinal cancer, deafness, near blindness, pneumonia, fatal, gastrointestinal bleeding.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Polio, hypertension, hemorrhoids, anemia, melanoma, anorexia, weight loss, indigestion, sebaceous cyst, atherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, angina, cholecystitis, cerebral hemorrhage.
Farsightedness (hyperopia), diphtheria, headache, dizziness, sleeplessness, horse riding injury, sore throat, asthma, flu, gall bladder disease, allergy to medications, hernia, broken ribs, lung congestion, heart failure..
Dominated by his mother in law and his wife. His wife would not even stay with him in Washington during his presidency
Appendicitis, seborrheic keratosis, arthritis, Crohn's disease, anxiety, depression, bowel obstruction, stroke, cholecystitis, prostatic hyperthropy, heart disease, multiple heart attacks (myocardial infarctions).
John F. Kennedy
Scarlet fever, measles, knee injury, bronchitis, jaundice, rubella, whooping cough, colitis, osteoporosis, presbyopia, diphtheria, sexually transmitted prostatitis and urinary tract infection, back aches, malaria, Addison disease, Sex addict
Angina, gall bladder disease, heart disease, multiple heart attacks.
Phlebitis, "furious eye blinking", stroke.
Actinomycosis (with tongue abscess), pneumonia, stroke.
Severe chronic hemorrhoids.
Nearsightedness (myopia), pneumonia, fractured thigh bone, urinary tract infections, prostate stones, severe cold, Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) disease, arthritis, hay fever, gunshot wound, collapsed lung, hearing loss, colon polyp and cancer, basal cell carcinoma, benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate), gastroenteritis, epidural hematoma, Alzheimer's disease, hip fracture, pneumonia.
George HW Bush
Staph infection, bleeding ulcers, arthritis, mucoid cyst, sebaceous cyst, glaucoma, eye sty, atrial fibrillation, hyperthyroidism, Graves disease (a form of goiter), depression, vomiting and fainting (flu), actinic keratosis, smoked Pot / used cocaine
Gasteroesophageal reflux (GERD), rectal bleeding, knee injury, allergy, torn knee tendon, sebaceous cyst, basal cell carcinoma, acne, angina, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, sexual addiction, smoked pot, draft dodger
Now I don't know about you, but migraines seem a little on the light side of the ailment continuum to call into question her leadership. Let's focus on the issues and values and then decide.