Earlier today on New Day, CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss issues from climate change to public health.
Towards the end of the interview, Obama said, “When the Clean Air Act was passed, not only was there a terrible smog in Los Angeles, it was true in most metropolitan areas across the country. The fact is that air quality has dramatically improved and it’s been much cheaper than anybody expected, because technology advanced and people figured out how to do it. As a consequence, the American people are a lot healthier, in addition to being able to, you know, see the mountains in the background because it’s not covered in smog.”
In 2009, it was reported Gupta was in the running to be the US’ surgeon general. He eventually withdrew his name from consideration.
In a prepared statement, Jon Klein, president of CNN at the time, said, “[Sanjay made the decision to not take the job] in order to continue devoting time to his medical career and of course his work at CNN.”