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While we find the debate about Dr. Regina Benjamin's weight totally inappropriate, in the Good Morning America interview after the jump, Dr. Benjamin says that though the comments about her weight are "hurtful," her weight "should be an open dialogue."
Adding to the debate over whether Regina Benjamin is "too fat" to be U.S. Surgeon General is the most qualified Fox News pundit ever: Michael Karolchyk, owner of a Denver gym that specializes in "getting clients in shape for sex."
As part of the typical post-nomination process, the White House provides reporters with a list of character witnesses to contact for quotes. For Regina Benjamin, one of those references was her prom date. Why, you ask?
So who exactly is Regina Benjamin, Obama's pick for U.S. Surgeon General? For starters, Dr. Benjamin spent many years as the only doctor in impoverished Bayou La Batre, Alabama, where Obama says, "When people couldn't pay, she didn't charge them."