AMA Statement, July 24, 2009
For immediate release
July 24, 2009
Statement attributable to:
American Medical Association
"The American Medical Association is profoundly disappointed in the lack of professionalism and poor judgment evidenced by Dr. McKalip's actions in circulating a racist caricature of President Obama. His actions have not only harmed the reputation of the AMA, but the medical profession as a whole.
"The AMA condemns racist or discriminatory behavior in any form. Delegates to the AMA are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA.
"While the AMA is pleased Dr. McKalip issued an apology to President Obama, his actions remain hurtful, disrespectful and inexplicable."