The Health Question

Nothing generates more rumors -- founded or unfounded -- than the state of a President's health. After Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke in 1919, there were wild claims that he had contracted syphilis and was demented. Richard Nixon was said to have been close to mental collapse during the months before his resignation. Mocking questions were raised about Jimmy Carter's psychological & state after he reported being attacked on his Georgia farm by what the press dubbed a "killer rabbit." George Bush's May 1991 heart flutter and his collapse at a state dinner in Tokyo last January have fed rumors of...

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