The media circus surrounding Hillary Clinton needing a sick day has gotten even more overheated than she did at the 9/11 Memorial. Trump fans are latching on to Hillary's pneumonia—not because they're worried about her well-being, but because her untimely demise is the Trump campaign's last, best hope.
But does Hillary's susceptibility to common illnesses make her less presidential? As it turns out, many great presidents also had human bodies and also got sick. That's not even counting the great presidents with lifelong afflictions, like FDR, who had polio, or JFK, who had Addison's disease. Here are some presidents who got sick, and yet somehow still managed to be president.
1. President George H.W. Bush BARFED and then fainted right on the Prime Minister of Japan, and didn't resign.
Bush Sr. went and hurled chunks on Prime Minister Miyazawa Kiichi at a state dinner. Somehow, this gross gaffe on Bush's part didn't spark World War III, or even a hiccup in trade relations. The incident was blamed on bad sushi and everyone moved on.
2. Barack Obama once sneezed. What else is he hiding up his nose?
Republicans were skeptical that Obama was even eligible to serve, despite being born in the United States. Imagine how angry they'd have been if they'd known he was susceptible to the common cold.
3. President Ford, a gifted athlete, took some tumbles. Often.
If Ford were a Democrat running for office today, conspiracy theorists would look to his clumsiness as proof his brain had completely atrophied, and he was being powered by electrodes hooked up to major muscles, like a dead Pinocchio.
4. William Taft had sleep apnea. How could he sleep at night?
Taft, the biggest president in American History (physically), suffered from sleep apnea. He hardly ever got a good night's sleep. While he was often poorly rested and once got stuck in a bathtub, he still managed to govern the United States. He was also the colonial governor of the Philippines and Cuba, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. WITH SLEEP APNEA.
5. Bill Clinton got laryngitis on the regular, and it wasn't even his greatest distraction.
An occupational hazard, Clinton often got (and still gets) laryngitis on the campaign trail after making so many damn speeches. It just goes to show that both Clintons are actually human, rather than Lizard People as many assume.
6. Harry Truman once got strep throat, which isn't that tough to swallow.
In July 1952, President Truman caught both the flu and strep throat. His doctor, Dr. Wallace Graham, famously wrote that the Tru Man "was very acutely ill" with a fever but "wishes only to return to his desk." He did.
Presidents get sick from time to time, just like all the other humans with jobs out there. Except for Donald Trump, whose human Quaalude of a doctor assures us he is perfect.