*this is supposed to be said to the tune of Shake it Off by Taylor Swift*
Okay, we all get it. Hillary has pneumonia, so obviously she's not fit to be president, because presidents can't get sick, right? Or is that a belief that some people promulgated just to further undermine Hillary's campaign? Yeah, it's the latter.
Throughout American history, presidents have been sick. You know why? Because The President of the United States of America has an immune system that sometimes doesn't ward off an infection, just like the every single American citizen. Here are some examples:
- In 1893, Grover Cleveland had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his mouth.
- In 1919, Woodrow Wilson had a stroke.
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt had been in a wheelchair since he was 39 years old due to Polio.
- In 1944, during his fourth term, Roosevelt had heart disease.
- Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack while in office.
- John F. Kennedy had Addison's Disease.
I'm not saying that these health issues should have prevented these men from becoming president. However, what I am saying is that these men were sick while they were president, and hardly anyone questioned their ability to lead.
Because Hillary Clinton is a woman, some people are reluctant to believe that she can work through her supposed health problems (pneumonia is not chronic, nor is it fatal or dangerous when treated properly, which hers has been). On the contrary, she clearly showed her strength when she attended a 9/11 memorial ceremony in the hot sun while suffering from pneumonia. Her "collapse" during this ceremony does not show weakness or lack of leadership ability. It shows courage and willingness to fight for the American people. It shows her ability to put the American people first, even before herself.
Hillary Clinton is not fragile; she is not weak. She is a strong, confident, courageous woman who will be the next President of the United States and she will make a fearless, powerful leader indeed. I look forward to seeing how she will flourish in that position.