HOH’s One-Minute Recess: A Doctor in the Senate

Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:34am

Who knew so many 20-something female staffers were interested in the work of the Senate Republican Policy Committee?

[IMGCAP(1)]Hoards of young women attended a rather mundane hearing sponsored by the committee this morning, which looked at incorporating preventive care into health care reform. And while we’re sure some of the ladies on hand were genuinely interested in the timely topic, we’d wager that more than a few showed up just to see one of the witnesses: dreamy Navy physician Andy Baldwin, best known for his appearance on “The Bachelor.—

Baldwin, an Ironman triathlete who travels the country promoting health and fitness, certainly provided the starpower at the hearing (even surpassing former Arkansas Gov. and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee). And the draw of the handsome doctor was even noted by Chairman John Ensign.

“The females in my office, and around Capitol Hill, are excited to have you here,— the Nevada Republican told Baldwin.

Baldwin’s testimony was all business, however, as he discussed how the sharp and sudden rise in childhood obesity has led to kids being diagnosed with health problems typically seen in adults, such as clogged arteries.

“This could be the first generation that does not outlive their parents,— he noted.

Baldwin also urged Members to provide greater funding for preventive training programs for doctors, as well as incentives for medical students to become primary care physicians. And he talked about how exercise and healthy eating has helped bring him personal success.

[IMGCAP(2)]“Taking care of my body has served me well, not only physically, but mentally and spiritually,— he said.

We’d bet doing so helped with the ladies, too.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame. You would think Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke saw each other enough during the day, but apparently they’re good enough friends to take in a bit of baseball together, as well.

An HOH spy spotted the duo at the Washington Nationals game Wednesday night, and it wasn’t hard — the moneymen were pictured on the jumbotron. Our spy wagered that the two were sitting in the sections with those comfy padded seats.

Sen. Mel Martinez was also pictured on the jumbotron, seated separate from the Geithner and Bernanke. It was a bit tougher to see where the Florida Republican was seated, although our spy noted he didn’t see any padded seats around him.

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