With nothing on Obama’s schedule for the day, the presidential motorcade departed hastily just after 2 p.m., catching reporters off guard, for a rainy, 30-minute ride to the military hospital in Bethesda, Md. according to ABCnews.
CNN reported that Barack Obama simply underwent a “routine CT scan” Saturday afternoon while visiting Walter Reed National Military Medical Center because of a sore throat, according to the White House and his doctor.
When questioned, Capt. Ronny Jackson, a Navy physician who is Obama’s doctor, said the president’s symptoms “are consistent with soft tissue inflammation related to acid reflux and will be treated accordingly.”
As good as it may seem, Chief Medial and Health Editor Dr. Richard Besser thinks there is more to this story than we are being told.
“There’s a lot in this story that didn’t seem to hold true with what you’d normally see,” ABC News Chief Medial and Health Editor Dr. Richard Besser said.
“Normally for a sore throat, initially you’ll do a test for strep. If it goes on for a couple of weeks, you might do a scope, but not a CT. It may be that he is a former smoker, he’s the president of the United States — you’ll often see presidents get extra testing.”
It’s unusual for a president to seek medical care outside the White House, but Press Secretary Josh Earnest insisted to reporters via email, during the president’s visit to Walter Reed, that Obama’s condition was not serious.
Dr. Ronny Jackson, the president’s physician, had recommended Mr. Obama visit the facility for diagnostic tests.
According to the White House, Dr. Jackson said the tests were a matter of convenience and not a matter of urgency for the president.