This wraps up the Week of the Photo – the special find that reinforces for us how fortunate Mrs. Palin was to have endured an easy one month pregnancy and look so, well, darn compact at 8 months along.
Palin's pregnancy tale inevitably brings up the subject of medical professionals, what they knew, did, and possibly covered up. Which is why I found this story on the PBS NEWSHOUR so intriguing.
Imagine a sitting president, in the throes of an economic meltdown, undergoes a medical procedure that he hides from everyone but a handful of doctors. Everyone, mind you, including his own vice president.
Grover Cleveland was so intent on keeping secret his surgery for mouth cancer, that he elected to have the operation performed while at sea, bobbing along the choppy Atlantic waters between New York City and Cape Cod where he recuperated in relative peace.
This was, of course, long before the days of the Intertubes and iphones. Yet, imagine sending someone as important as the vice president (security detail) packing so your secret could be kept as quiet as possible.
Imagine having physicians not tell a soul, except for the one doctor who had to explain to his partner why he was stepping away from the office for a bit (lesson one on how leaks start).
And how about the journalist who was vilified for decades for breaking the story that he confirmed from that very doctor! And imagine President Cleveland denying it! Lying outright about his physical condition!
For which, I might add, he wore a prosthetic so that no one would notice the sink hole in his cheek or his missing teeth. You can learn more HERE about Matthew Algeo's new book The President is a Sick Man.
So as the Palins have proclaimed: nothing to see here. No fake tummies. No dark secrets. Reporters are horrible. And it will take decades for the truth to come out. Also. Too.