UNFIT: The Photo of Hillary Clinton That’s Sweeping the Nation
In what may be the “Last Stand” of the Baby Boomers as candidates Donald Trump, 70, and Hillary Clinton, who will turn 69 before the November election, vie for the most stressful job in the world, the question of their physical health is rightly be the concern of voters who have seen how the White House years aged even the much-younger Barack Obama.
Now, shocking photographs of Clinton being awkwardly helped up a few stairs, by aides on either side holding her firmly by the arms are refocusing concerns on the Democrat candidate’s physical ability to carry out the grueling job of the modern American presidency. It's been pointed out that the photo, while going viral, is actually few months old. But that's missing the point.
Clinton has a cluster of physical conditions, including a history of blood clots and a history of fainting and falling, which have caused serious injuries that raise concerns about her general health and fitness to serve as the nation's commander-in-chief.
She has fallen in the past at the top of the stairs of Air Force One in 2011, and sustained injuries in another when she required surgical repair and rehabilitation after fracturing her elbow.
After fainting and falling again in 2013, Clinton sustaining a concussion that caused a blood clot in her brain and resulted in a delay of her testimony before Congress about the Benghazi terror attack. When she finally did appear, she wore special eyeglasses fitted with Fresnel prism lenses to correct double vision.
Although Clinton claimed she recovered from the concussion quickly, her husband, former President Bill Clinton, candidly told an interviewer that she had to “work hard for six months” to recuperate.
The release of the photograph came as Clinton explained that she had “short-circuited” a response to a question about her emails.
Also of concern are the prolonged coughing attacks that have interrupted Clinton in mid-speech forcing her to reach for water or a throat lozenge. In fact, her coughing while testifying before the House Select Committee on Benghazi prompted Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to ask if she needed to take a break to recover.
Physicians invited by the media to comment have been reluctant to speculate or diagnose, but Clinton’s refusal to answer questions has only increased worries that Clinton would not be able to withstand the pressures of the job she has sought for so long.