Carol Liebau has some behind the scenes scoop including details about the complaints of Surgeon General Richard Carmona.
A very good friend and former colleague worked closely with Dr. Carmona during the time in question. The source of Carmona’s frustration was not, in fact, The White House as much as it was Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. The Thompson people at HHS viewed Carmona (generally perceived within the Department as attractive and charismatic) as a threat. Accordingly, they did everything they could — in remarkably petty ways — to make his life difficult, including stepping on his press coverage and preventing him from participating in events that they feared would result in too much visibility or positive publicity.
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