Obama Selects Alabaman as Surgeon General
By Michael D. Shear in The Post's 44 blog:
Updated 12:34 p.m. ET
President Obama has chosen Regina Benjamin, a family physician from Alabama, to be the next surgeon general, filling a key public health post ahead of an expected surge in the H1N1 flu next fall.
Benjamin gained fame through her public efforts to rebuild her rural health clinic after Hurricane Katrina devastated it. She founded the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic in 1990 and rebuilt it after the hurricane.
Obama announced his intent to nominate her at a Rose Garden event this morning in which he also spoke of the challenges and need for health care reform. "I understand people are a little nervous and a little scared about making change. You know, the muscles in this town to bring about big changes are a little atrophied, but we're whipping folks back into shape. We are going to get this done," the president said.
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