Seriously, though: it’s a big, important job. And it’s generally held by much, much less attractive dudes. (Dudes that look like they’ve drafted the Surgeon General’s warning on cigarette boxes directly from experience.) Gupta is… well, he’s not that. Heck: Gupta looks like he might not have ever even smoked. (Just so you don’t think I’m being mean, the current acting surgeon general isn’t gross or anything. He just isn’t -- sorry Steve -- CNN hot. Andy Cooper he ain’t, am I right?)
And, anyway, according to Wikipedia (okay, okay) this is generally a job held by someone from the military:
The Surgeon General is nominated by the U.S. President and confirmed via majority vote by the Senate. The Surgeon General serves a four-year term of office and is normally the highest ranking uniformed officer of the PHSCC, holding the grade of a three-star vice admiral while in office. In carrying out all responsibilities, the Surgeon General reports to the Assistant Secretary for Health (ASH), who is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on public health and scientific issues, and is the overall head of the United States Public Health Service (PHS). The ASH would be the only person that could outrank the Surgeon General if he or she is also a commissioned officer in the PHSCC.Ah well, the President-Elect did say a couplea things about change, did he not?