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Old 01-13-2002, 10:56 PM   #1
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Bush faints while choking on pretzel

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush fainted briefly in the White House residence Sunday after choking on a pretzel while watching a National Football League playoff game on television, White House physician Dr. Richard Tubb said.

The doctor, an Air Force colonel, said Bush quickly recovered and is doing well.

"I do not find any reason that this would happen again," said Tubb. "He fainted due to a temporary decrease in heart rate brought on by swallowing a pretzel."

Tubbs said Bush suffered an abrasion on his left cheek the size of a half dollar and a bruise on his lower lip, apparently from falling onto the floor from a couch.

Bush was alone in the room watching TV while his wife, first lady Laura Bush, was in a nearby room on the telephone.

Tubbs said Bush believes he was out only for a few seconds because when he awoke, his two dogs were sitting in the same position they were when he lost consciousness.

"He said it (the pretzel) didn't seem to go down right," Tubbs said.

The fainting spell occurred at approximately 5:35 p.m. EST and Bush contacted a nurse on duty at the White House five minutes later. Tubbs was paged eight minutes later and rushed to the White House to examine the president.

Tubbs said Bush, under his own power, took an elevator from the second floor of the residence to the first floor doctor's office where he underwent a through examination that included use of a heart monitor.

His blood pressure and pulse were normal, Tubbs said.

Bush has a lower-than-normal pulse rate, which doctors attribute to his rigorous workout regime. But Tubbs said that low heart rate made him more prone to fainting when the pretzel stimulated a nerve when it got caught in his throat.

He said Bush had complained Saturday and Sunday of "being a little off his game," feeling that he was coming down with a head cold.

White House spokesman Ari Fleisher said Bush intended to keep his regular schedule Monday, which includes an early morning trip to the Midwest.

Bush was watching the Baltimore-Miami game when the incident occurred.


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Ya Know, I knew this was coming.. I'm proly gonna go puke now, cuz I know all the jokes from Letterman, to SNL, are coming.. Oh well what can ya do.. at least he's doing ok.. Which is i guess why it's something to laugh at.. Gonz Chime in here, Let's hear your YamTastic Thoughts.

Anyways, my non inspirational and non funny remarks on this situation..

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Bush was watching the Baltimore-Miami game when the incident occurred.
The game was closer than the score would suggest.
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Lemonite, are you a current student at Notre Dame?

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Yah, Dillon Hall.. a 'Dillonite' if you will like my homey southern priest refers to us, though you will never Find me Referring to myself in such a manner.. I prefer to go by the name of 'Douche Eliminater', or my Fabled 'Tweeter'...

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Yah, Dillon Hall.. a 'Dillonite' if you will like my homey southern priest refers to us, though you will never Find me Referring to myself in such a manner.. I prefer to go by the name of 'Douche Eliminater', or my Fabled 'Tweeter'...

Gettin' up early as fuck tomorrow to catch a flight into O HaIIIIR.

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I'm probably the only male you know that lived in McGlinn...

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Tubbs said Bush believes he was out only for a few seconds because when he awoke, his two dogs were sitting in the same position they were when he lost consciousness.
Ahhh...the helpfulness of dogs. Gotta love 'em.

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Aww, poor guy. I feel sorry for him.



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Anyone see his quote this morning:

"My momma always said I should chew before I swallow my food."

Who was he cheering for when he choked?
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Don't know about the local news in the rest of your areas, but my local disected this story.

I personally think Bush choked, things like this happen, he's human. End of story.

But the news made it seem like this was a rare occurance! They had some medical "expert" analysing the whole choking ordeal saying that Bush had been under the weather, and his swallowing a pretzel hit a nerve which caused him to choke. I mean, whaaaa? I've been under the weather many a time, and I've never choked because a nerve in my throat was irritated. My mother has extremely low blood pressure and is under a great amount of stress (well, may not as much as the President ) but come on. The news analysed this so much that it seemed like they were covering up a much more severe problem when it is very likely the President simply just choked.

I can understand this is a public interest story and people want to know what happened to the President and they want answers, but I feel the media has blown this incident out of proportion. It would be more believable if they had just said the president choked on a pretzel because his mouth was dry rather than the news hiring some medical "expert" explaining about irritated nerves in the throat set off a choking episode.

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Don't know about the local news in the rest of your areas, but my local disected this story.

I personally think Bush choked, things like this happen, he's human. End of story.

But the news made it seem like this was a rare occurance! They had some medical "expert" analysing the whole choking ordeal saying that Bush had been under the weather, and his swallowing a pretzel hit a nerve which caused him to choke. I mean, whaaaa? I've been under the weather many a time, and I've never choked because a nerve in my throat was irritated. My mother has extremely low blood pressure and is under a great amount of stress (well, may not as much as the President ) but come on. The news analysed this so much that it seemed like they were covering up a much more severe problem when it is very likely the President simply just choked.

I can understand this is a public interest story and people want to know what happened to the President and they want answers, but I feel the media has blown this incident out of proportion. It would be more believable if they had just said the president choked on a pretzel because his mouth was dry rather than the news hiring some medical "expert" explaining about irritated nerves in the throat set off a choking episode.

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That's nothing new about the media, Look closely and you'll see it happen about a lot of things in the news.

Especially if they tout LIVE DOPPLAR RaDAR as their Number one Asset.

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That's nothing new about the media, Look closely and you'll see it happen about a lot of things in the news.

Especially if they tout LIVE DOPPLAR RaDAR as their Number one Asset.

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Oh I know I know! But this incident was small fries compared to the other events taking up news space.

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A few things...

One of our media outlets debated leading off with this last night (we were in the middle of a getting three to six inches of snow - lots of accidents - good dopplar images too!)

They ended up leading with this, but I don't think they had a medical expert.

Often, a university or health/hospital agency has public relations people scanning the news. The PR people then offer local 'experts' (doctors, professors, etc.)on subjects as the news breaks to make their institution look better. So, it's not only the media feeding these silly little fires....
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