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Saturday, March 24, 2007

No secrets

In the states, politicians running for office are supposed to be honest, scrupulously honest.

No foolish sins are forgiven by the curious press. A candidate's health report is publicized for all.

Over thirty years ago, when the late Gerald Ford became US President, his wife entranced the nation with her candor:

In 1975, in an interview with McCall's magazine, Ford said that she was asked just about everything, except for how often she and the president had sex. "And if they'd asked me that I would have told them," she said, adding that her response would be, "As often as possible."[4] (click here for entire article) I remember reading that article!

And then when she discovered that she had breast cancer, the entire world knew. And then they knew that Vice President Rockefeller's wife Happy was also discovered to be ill with breast cancer, which they both survived.

Now breast cancer is in the news again, as the wife of presidential hopeful, John Edwards, has announced that her remission is over. Her cancer has spread to her bones. They announced that he will continue his campaign to be President of the United States.

Americans are arguing the pros and cons. Does the decision mean he's strong or selfish? Is she being foolish, loving or further endangering her health? Read this and this.

It's a tough one to call. The question is whose business is it? Former presidents had major health issues, like Kennedy and FDR, and many were disloyal to their wives.

I'm glad I'm not voting in American elections.

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