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Barack Obama criticized the White House physician during his tenure for questioning Joe Biden’s cognitive ability when he was a presidential candidate. In his memoir Holding the Line: A Lifetime of Defending Democracy and American Values, Ronny Jackson, who is now a GOP congressman for Texas, tells what his experience was like in the presidential house under Obama, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
Jackson explained to Fox News how he became concerned about the statements Biden was making in public. He recalled that at the time, some in the media had also questioned Trump’s ability to govern. He indicates that as the president’s doctor, he dedicated himself to doing the necessary tests and verifying that the Republican was in perfect condition to exercise the presidency.
In 2020, during the presidential campaign, he criticized Joe Biden and questioned his ability to be president. “Remember the cognitive test that I gave Donald Trump? The one he aced! Sounds like somebody else might need some testing done!! Scary!!” he wrote on Twitter at the time.
Obama to former White House physician
Following the message, Jackson received an email from Barack Obama criticizing him for his message. “I have made a point of not commenting on your service in my successor’s administration, and have always spoken highly of you both in public and in private. You always served me and my family well, and I have considered you not only a fine doctor and service member but also a friend,” Obama wrote in the email obtained by Fox News.
He added: “That’s why I have to express my disappointment at the cheap shot you took at Joe Biden via Twitter. It was unprofessional and beneath the office that you once held. It was also disrespectful to me and the many friends you had in our administration. You were the personal physician to the President of the United States, as well as an admiral in the U.S. Navy. I expect better, and I hope upon reflection that you will expect more of yourself in the future.”
Jackson comments that upon receiving the mail, he thought about responding. However, he felt it was unnecessary to pay attention to the messages. In his book, which is being released July 26, the physician also discusses his work with former presidents and his tenure as a White House physician.