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The Unfair Focus on Bachmann Headaches

Original post made by Holden , Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Jul 20, 2011

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:

George Washington
Malaria, smallpox, tuberculosis, dysentery, boils (carbuncles), tooth loss, hearing loss, presbyopia, infertility, quinsy, pneumonia, epiglottitis or strep infection of the larynx.

John Adams
Hair loss, depression, boils, heartburn, falling into a coma, hyperthyroidism , porphyria, rheumatism, manic-depressive .

Thomas Jefferson
Cluster/tension headaches, broken/fractured bones, dysentery, depression, rheumatism, constipation, boils, hearing loss, enlarged prostate, Asperger syndrome .

James Madison
Frostbite, frequent illness, hypochondria , inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis),arthritis, congestive heart failure. Weighed only 100 lbs.

James Monroe
Malaria, gunshot wound, seizure (stroke ), heart failure, tuberculosis.

John Quincy Adams
Hairloss, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage.

Andrew Jackson
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.

John Tyler
Paralysis, dysentery, colds, bilious fever , arthritis, bronchitis, stroke.

James K. Polk
Kidney stone, sterility, cholera, debilitating diarrhea.

Zachary Taylor
Yellow fever, malaria, dysentery, double vision, nearsightedness (myopia), heat stroke, bilious fever, cholera or acute indigestion, arsenic poisoning

Millard Fillmore
Paralysis and stroke.

Franklin Pierce
Horse riding injury, depression, alcoholism, tuberculosis, cirrhosis of the liver.

James Buchanan
Eye twitch, alcoholism, gout, respiratory failure.

Abraham Lincoln
Color blindness, strabismus (cross eyed), presbyopia, concussion, fractured jaw, malaria, depression, Marfan syndrome , scarlet fever , dental phobia, toothache, smallpox, hairloss, fatal gunshot wound.

Andrew Johnson
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).

James Garfield
Malarial fever (ague), cold, upset stomach, anal fissure, infected gunshot wound, heart attack or aortic aneurysm , blood poisoning, pneumonia.

Chester Arthur
Indigestion, gallstone disease , Bright's disease, malaria , hypertension, heart failure, cerebral hemorrhage (hemorrhagic stroke).

Grover Cleveland
Obesity, leg laceration, typhoid fever, jaw (palate) cancer, hearing loss, nephritis, gout, heart attack.

Benjamin Harrison
Food poisoning, scarlet fever, contact dermatitis, nervous breakdown, cold, pneumonia,

William McKinley
Pancreatic necrosis, fatal gunshot wound, blood poisoning.

Theodore Roosevelt
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.

Woodrow Wilson
Dyslexia , eye twitches, atherosclerosis, headache, cold, hypertension, multiple strokes.

Warren Harding
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

Calvin Coolidge
Depression, heart failure.

Herbert Hoover
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.

Harry Truman
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

Dwight Eisenhower
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

Lyndon Johnson
Angina, gall bladder disease, heart disease, multiple heart attacks.

Richard Nixon
Phlebitis, "furious eye blinking", stroke.

Gerald Ford
Actinomycosis (with tongue abscess), pneumonia, stroke.

Jimmy Carter
Severe chronic hemorrhoids.

Ronald Reagan
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

Bill Clinton
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.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 20, 2011 at 5:42 pm

it's all about politics...i don't want a president in the WH who gets incapacitating headaches...the usa deserves a healthy prez, not a sickie...sorry...

besides, the bit about migraines is just another way of saying she's a sickie...

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Posted by Zippy
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Thanks Holden. That does it. I'm voting for Bachmann. Tell all her Republican opponents to back off, will ya?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Why should Americans have to suffer just because she gets migraines?

I think that she needs to keep quiet about this medical mess otherwise we will loose confidence in her and in the office of the presidency.

Some people can bite the bullet and suffer silently. If she needs to tell everybody about her migraines, she must be a weakling and targeting the sympathy vote, NOT!

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2011 at 7:43 pm

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I'm so proud of my daughter, her comment was basically..."THAT'S their concern about her? That she has migraines?"

We discussed this in the car today because we heard it on the news. JFK popped right into my mind.

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Posted by A Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

It won't be her migraines that keep me from voting for her, honestly. It will be her inflexibility on the budget crisis, her open hatred of gays, her refusal to support reproductive rights and her lack of any substantive foreign policy experience. Migraines do not even make the list of her negatives for me.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Julie said: "I'm so proud of my daughter, her comment was basically..."THAT'S their concern about her? That she has migraines?""

I would hope that you would coach your daughter to more carefully examine the facts before dismissing concerns like these in such a breezy manner. Depending on the individual circumstances, migraines may be a minor matter or migraines can be a major matter. There have been claims that Bachmann's migraines have occasionally been so debilitating that they caused her to miss days of work at a time. That's not a minor health issue for any job, and especially not for the office of the President of the US.

MSNBC report on Bachmann's migraines: Web Link

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 20, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I think if I'd raised, what - 30 plus foster kids, gone to law school, and run for congress, I'd deserve a migrane once in a while.

Maybe that's the only way she can get a nap!



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Posted by Arroyo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Roosevelt and Kennedy seemed to be able to handle the job with all of their ills, and I expect somebody with migraines can do the same..

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Posted by Julie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Julie is a registered user.

Sam, I think you missed the point. My daughter gets it. I think she shares "A Neighbors" sentiments.

And, I agree with Arroyo. If men can command with such ailments, so can a woman! Heck, we're used to feeling pain!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2011 at 12:26 am

how could anybody mention mb and JFK in the same breath...give it a rest

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Posted by Repub votes no michelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:45 am

First, I would never vote for crusading catholics to intrude and meddle in personal lives. However, migranes are hardly on the same scale of Pres John Kennedy living on major drugs. (he had both girls and other drugs brought into WH). He lived with intense back pain...all the time. The drugs were on the scale that today would be front page and twitter 'news'....back then the press didn't intrude into personal habits of presidents or presidential candidates.
Last night I watched the special on catholics exorcising the devils from those who suffer...maybe Michelle should try that, which reminds me...What have we done to deserve Cholo back to haunt us ?? and 3 times already in this thread (his politics are showing !

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

Migraines should not be a topic . . . but that's the media and politics for you. They should really be talking about her qualifications to lead which are . . . that's funny . . . I can't think of any!

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Posted by RobinM
a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 21, 2011 at 10:37 am

Actually the story came from opponents on the Right who don't want her to win the nomination. This is not coming from the left.

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Posted by Yet Another Teacher
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

I don't object to Bachmann's candidacy because she has headaches.

I object to Bachmann's candidacy because the thought of her as President for four years gives ME a headache.

Oy, vey.

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Posted by Really?
a resident of Las Positas
on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

Holden: You say, "I don't fall on either side as easily as many people do..." Yet you sneak in there next to Clinton's name "Draft Dodger"... Yeah, we see what side you're on.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Jul 21, 2011 at 11:55 am

"Holden: You say, "I don't fall on either side as easily as many people do..." Yet you sneak in there next to Clinton's name "Draft Dodger"... Yeah, we see what side you're on."

LOL! Holden should look up what chickenhawk Dick Cheney was doing during the Vietnam war.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

It's not the end of the world just because Michelle B. has migraines. She has migraines in common with millions of people all over the planet. What's so bad about that?

What is going to give her the jumbo migraine of her life is when everybody in the USA views the John Stewart video about her hubby and his deeply held anti-gay sentiments. It's funny so get ready to laugh laugh laugh and I don't mean maybe!

I understand that he an Senator Larry Craig have much in common!

tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Web Link

John Steward re: the Marcus B.- way funny...enjoy mes petites!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 21, 2011 at 8:23 pm

tutti frutti over rudi...a wam baba lubba, a wam bam boom...

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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Agreed...headaches are the least of her problems. There are much better problems with Michelle B for us to worry about.

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Posted by Leland
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:48 am

She wants to lower my tax rate and she wants to do away with minimum wage. What's not to like? Her willingness to spend the next four years rescinding obamacare is just sweetening my caviar.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 23, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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I love watching the republicans try to take each other out! Where's the popcorn?

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 25, 2011 at 10:16 pm

the reason she has headaches is because her neck is only 1/2 inch long...she has to rilly stretch to see what's going on around her and that give her a neck/headache...duh...

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Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Jul 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

Janna-who do you think will run for President from the Dem's side of the spectrum? I bet there would aslo be some bickering about which of them could lead better than your current 'leader'. Time for a change......what's in place now is obviously not working.

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Posted by Rivera
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

If I had to prop my hypnotic eyes open like she does, I'd have a headache too.

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