Mitt Romney’s physical raises exactly as many questions as it answers

Mitt Romney went in for a physical last month, and received from his doctor – good news for anyone who still thinks he might win – a clean bill of health:

“He has shown the ability to be engaged in multiple, varied, simultaneous activities requiring complex mental, social, emotional, and leadership skills. He is a vigorous man who takes excellent care of his personal physical health.”

Romney’s resting heart rate is 40, and he’s 6 feet 1.5 inches tall, 184 pounds. He is allergic to penicillin and takes aspirin and the cholesterol-fighting drug Lipitor daily.

“He has reserves of strength, energy, and stamina that provide him with the ability to meet unexpected demands. There are no physical impairments that should interfere with his rigorous and demanding political career as the next President of the United States,” the doctor wrote.

I’m a little skeptical of any doctor who comes across a resting heart rate of 40 and doesn’t immediately prescribe a 24-hour heart monitor. But even if we accept at face value the findings of Randall Gaz, the candidate’s physician since 1989, his report raises another very important question: Romney’s health might check out, but does his birth certificate? [Editor’s note: key phrase in bold below.]

“His most recent physical examination on 8/9/12 revealed a healthy appearing, energetic, strong, physically fit male. He appears years younger than his age.

We’ve certainly heard no shortage of questions about Obama’s birth certificate – some from Romney himself, who bragged at a rally in Michigan last month:

“No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

Well, Mr. Romney, let me be the first: You claim to have been born on March 12, 1947. But your personal doctor recently released a statement claiming you are, in fact, ‘years younger’ than indicated by the official records. As a 65-year old, you are now eligible for Social Security, and more importantly, for the America the Beautiful National Parks $10 Lifetime pass.

For all we know, you could be committing National Parks fraud at this very moment. And as we both know, there’s only one way to settle this uncertainty: Mr. Romney, hand over your birth certificate! (Long-form, please.)

Also, your tax returns.


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