We’ve heard all about Obama’s $100 million dollar vacations, but not much about KY Senator Rand Paul’s summer break.

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We’ve heard all about Obama’s $100 million dollar vacations, but not much about KY Senator Rand Paul’s summer break.He and a partner teamed up to do pro-bono eye surgeries for the poor.People who came to the surgery center “legally blind or much worse” were all seeing before they left.Isn’t it interesting what the media considers newsworthy?Wonder why the media isn’t interested in that? Guess it doesn’t fit the image they try to create for conservatives. Let’s help spread the word.

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National Review Online

Oh my God. Oh my God.”

Those are Cynthia Burke’s first words after Senator Rand Paul, an ophthalmologist, completes her eye surgery, removing the cataract in her right eye. Lying down in the operation room, Burke, a 55-year-old woman from the Ozarks town of Fredericktown, Mo., looks up. Standing above her are Paul and another ophthalmologist, Barbara Bowers, both dressed in blue scrubs.

Because of her cataracts, Burke hadn’t been able to perceive much color, and couldn’t see at all in her right eye when there wasn’t natural light. But now, with the surgery just completed, Burke’s sight is already hugely improved. “You have on blue clothes,” Burke marvels.

Paul, who just moments ago was bent over Burke, looking through a microscope at her eye as he methodically and precisely moved needles and tools to remove the cataract, laughs happily. “You’re seeing colors again,” he warmly observes.

“Now you’ll recognize him on TV,” Bowers jokes to Burke about Paul.

“Oh my God,” Burke repeats. “It’s awesome. Oh my goodness.”

Burke is one of four patients that Paul performs pro bono eye surgery on today. In recent years, Paul has done between 10 and 15 eye surgeries a year for free. “I’ve always done some since I’ve been in practice,” he recounts. In 1995, Paul founded the Southern Kentucky Lions Eye Clinic, which provided free eye care for low-income people, “because I wanted to be able to give back to the community.” He did free operations for locals and also for children who had come all the way from Guatemala.

Paul estimates he has done over a hundred pro bono surgeries over the years. In the health-care debate, he remarks, it was overlooked how many doctors already perform free surgeries for those in need. Performing surgery pro bono, Paul insists, “is not unusual for physicians. Read more via NRO

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James Austin says:

My guess is that Mr Obama has never done anything pro-bono, other than photo-ops..

@Joe…. well then get used to it Joe because under Obamacare that's the best you will find.

Shane Fowler says:

keep up the good work. he's an inspiration to others. the kind of leadership this country has been lacking in presidency.

Christopher Dillon says:

A physician does not need to be "board certified" to practice, only to have a medical license in the state he/she is practicing. Do not confuse the issues.

Pam Shuster says:

This is another trait that we should look for in our next President. We need a man with honor, ethics, loyalty, INTELLIGENCE, and a person who knows it is the right thing to do to give back!!!

Pam Shuster says:

This is another trait that we should look for in our next President. We need a man with honor, ethics, loyalty, INTELLIGENCE, and a person who knows it is the right thing to do to give back!!!

Theresa-Marie Ellender says:

Joe Reaves — Just go to the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board web site and check it out:

http://web1.ky.gov/GenSearch/LicenseList.aspx?AGY=5&FLD1=Paul&FLD2=&FLD3=0&FLD4=Ophthalmology&TYPE=

RP is most definitely still licensed to practice medicine in KY.

Theresa-Marie Ellender says:

Joe Reaves — Just go to the Kentucky Medical Licensure Board web site and check it out:

http://web1.ky.gov/GenSearch/LicenseList.aspx?AGY=5&FLD1=Paul&FLD2=&FLD3=0&FLD4=Ophthalmology&TYPE=

RP is most definitely still licensed to practice medicine in KY.

Raquel Frere says:

I checked that out. Last time he did this was 4 people on August 21, 2013.

Raquel Frere says:

Steve Reeves, I did a search on this, and it DOES appear to be true. Most recent dates was 4 people on August 26, 2013.

Raquel Frere says:

You don't have to have a specialty certification to be an MD. Once you have the MD license, you can do anything any other MD can do. "Certification" just means you pass an extra multiple choice test. It's actually kind of a scam. Medical industry has lots of those.

Raquel Frere says:

Scott Schoemann And, of course, the snide sexist comment seals it in stone. Congratulations on being part of the problem.

Raquel Frere says:

Scott Schoemann , you are officially an idiot. I am a conservative and no one hates Obama more than me. But that is the STUPIDEST assertion I have seen all day long.

Raquel Frere says:

I think "Top Commentator" means you just flap your jaws a lot.

A shout out for my friend, Dr. Ross Donald, who has quietly donated his services (and enjoyed the exuberant involvement of his progeny ove the years as they matured) in third world countries on 4-9 week sabbaticals from a very lucrative private practice for 30 plus years. And I have no idea of his political persuasion, only his humanitarianism.

Curtis Wood says:

Joe Reaves From the Kentucky Medical License web site 11/3/13 Name: Randal H. Paul M.D.
Address: 200 Lakeside Way
City, State, Zip: Bowling Green KY 42103
Phone: (270) 842-6300
License: 29638
Status: Active Physician

John Best says:

They will not remain loyal to him after the $$$ runs out.

Laura Sunila says:

Joe Reaves knock it off, he'd be in jail, if that were the case. Let's see OB should have been in jail 10 x over by now!

Why you did"nt hear about rand paul he was' involved in it. I heard about it but his name was never mentioned

Kathy Bever says:

Michael Bowler WHY must you use the word retarded?? So insensitive!!

Charlie Blake says:

Allen Weerts …BOTH

Charlie Blake says:

Larry E. Dull prolly from MSM,,where else….our poor country cuse of these Libtards

Joe Reaves , man you are so clever, I know a retarded girl who wants to grow up to be just like you, alas, she has too much integrity to achieve your level of low.

Joe Reaves Where do you get your facts?

Bill Milligan says:

Joe Reaves It is true that he has let his national certification lapse when he objected to the fact that some of the older opthamologists keep their certifications without a retest. He objected to what he saw as standards being set too low! On the other hand, he has maintained his board certification in Kentucky, where he quite legally performed these surgeries. You can verify his certification through the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Dennis Johnston says:

Joe Reaves ……………..You're and idiot! However, I think you may be certifiable!

It MAY be true, but many physicians do pro bono work. I know several that go to Haiti, South America and Sub-Saharan Africa, and they don't make it a 'news story'! Rand thinks he's all THAT. Ha!!

Dana, your comment proves my point. By the way, "your" should be " you're." Also try periods and correct capitalization.

Jeff Scully says:

Because if you opened your eyes and ears and mind to actually see, hear, and think for yourself, you would find the truth about Obama … and that he is purposely destroying everything that made/makes America the greatest country in the history of the world.

Jeff Scully says:

Conservatives donate more time, money, and even blood, by a 3-1. Liberals give little on their own, and support the government's 'generosity' with OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY.

Richard Allen Ernst says:

enhanced lies about Obama? Are there any difference between them and his normal lies?

David Ware says:

Ahh the obligatory Obamasuck Troll. ^^^^ Bravo punkwipe.

David Ware says:

Dipshit? Go back to moms' hole asswipe.

David Ware says:

Joe Reaves =Typical Obamasuck troll. F–k off lady.

Judy Habel says:

Dr. Paul is truly a humanitarian!

This is the kind if man we NEED to have in the Whitehouse!!!!!

Claude Roloff says:

Folks, great stuff but the article is three years old. Does he stil do this today?

Claude Roloff says:

Joe Reaves is techinically correct. However he is legally licensed to practice by the state which trumps any group certification which is what is alluded to. Perhaps mr. reaves, you could bolster your position with facts and support references instead of parrotting what you have read or heard. Mr Pauls is licended by the state of Kentucky but is not registered/certified to the American Opthamologosits which is a professional organization. Quite a big distinction….because all that matters for a doctor to practice medicine like a lawyer, is to pass that states certifications. Any board ceritfication is icing on the cake but NOT having one does not diminsh the mans intent or abilitites.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/14/rand-paul-not-board-certi_n_611018.html

Dawn Hanna says:

Richard Reimer you would be surprised how idiotic Obama supporters can get…the mere fact that these jokers RE-ELECTED him (oh that's right, the electoral college is responsible for Herr Obama being back in office, he did not win by popular vote) is evidence enough that they cannot see past the wool pulled over their eyes! They follow along like the sheep they are, driven on by the promise of freebies paid for by tax dollars. I am surprised we don't have to supply wine and romantic music as well as their free birth control and abortions…this is true taxation without representation! Our elected officials have MISrepresented us…the whole lot of them should be sent to work dayshift somewhere and out of the chairs of those who are supposed to represent the people!

Joe Reaves Are you saying Rand surrendered his certificates? Just like my Airframe and Powerplant certificates a Doctor or a Lawyer never gives up his license, except under threat of law suit, like the Obamas did.

Mark E. Wilt says:

Joe Reaves If YOU were to do a smattering of research (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-now/2010/06/rand_paul_i_passed_my_opthamal.html), you'd notice that Paul had attained certification, but refused to be RE-certified in protest of ABO's political shenanigans. Older ophthalmologists have been "grandfathered" out of the recertification process, and thus Paul has opted the same "privilege" for himself. Perhaps you've been bitten one too many times by a rattlesnake to be able to see the bigger picture. I know of an ophthalmologist who would help you with your vision problems pro-bono….

Greg Askew says:

JOE REAVES…PROVE IT YOU LIBERAL TURD-SACK!

Joe Reaves you suck the big one! How stupid can an idiot get?

Paul 2016 sounds good! Joe, you suck the big one!

Sherry Moss says:

Joe Reaves HE IS A BOARD CERTIFIED DOCTOR. GO PLAY IN THE STREET AND BEFORE YOU COME ON HERE TO LIE, YOU PROBABLY SHOULD GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT. AND, STOP DRINKING THAT ROSE COLORED "KOOKAID" THAT IS BEING HANDED TO YOU BY BOY WONDER….oblahblah.

Sherry Moss says:

Joe Reaves Yes, he is you troublemaker. Let's hear what YOU do to help people…hmmmmmmmm????????? And, lying and tricking people is NOT helping them.

Allen Weerts says:

how do you know he isn't aa certified doctor, I bet he has a license and a diploma from school. whats the matter, u jealous or just a stupid ass democrat??

Joe Reaves says:

Did you know that Rand Paul is not a board certified doctor? If he had done this (which, you know, he didn't) It would have been illegal.

Joe Reaves says:

Senator Paul is no longer a Board Certified Doctor.

Joe Reaves says:

isn't it illegal for a doctor who has no Medical Board Certification to perform surgery?

Lets speak the truth the democrats (progressives), left wingers like to go to parties and have a good time at tax payer expense, sometimes bringing some of their news media buddies along for the ride, the Conservatives like Rand Paul will use their time off to help people at their own expense, and who are the people who get the votes the people who party cause the news media get to party with them, ethics are a foreign concept to these people.

Joe Reaves says:

Dana Nagy Not surprising. Conservatism has long been based on what people would "rather believe".

Put this side by side to Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who self-servingly announces he will donate his "salary" to charity during the shutdown. Rand Paul, on the other hand, gives of himself to serve others without a peep. I have the utmost respect for him and others like him.

Yes. past presidents did go on vacations, but Obama went on a million dollar vacation after the sequester (huge cuts across the board) and his wife and children went to the Bahamas. He has spent more on vacations than any other president. He has spent more period than any other president combined. And yes, Bush wasn't a great president, but at least he didn't insult the rest of the world and have them hate us. Because of Obama I am stuck at a measly 24 hours a week. I can't go one minute over. Insurance premiums have gone up and deductibles have gone up and people are losing their insurance.Obama is spying on the American people and hey he now is spying on YOU and your country. He let four Americans die so he could go to bed and lied about the next day. He sent guns to Mexican drug cartels which led to the unsolved murder of a border patrol agent. Also, there is evidence being found of voter fraud. I mean how can one state have 147% voter turn out?

Steve Gelder says:

Check out the actual data on which states give the most in taxes and which take the most in government handouts. You'll find that liberal states pay the most, while conservative ones take more. Although, that might be above the learning level of someone who has to respond with lines like "Oink off porky" to queries about why we have to tear down the President in order to make yourself feel better about Rand Paul's charitable works.

Steve Gelder says:

Scott Schoemann Warren Buffet gave five charities more than $2.6 BILLION in stocks and contributions this year alone. Perhaps, rather than condescending to people who are correct and telling them to shut up and sit in a corner, you should learn more facts about the world around you.

Andre Smith says:

Of course everyone ignores the fact that previous modern presidents also spent millions on vacations and did lots of shady business with taxpayers money. How much do you think it costs to transport someone and his large staff anywhere? I'm not an American but it annoys me when I see "Obama did this and that, get rid of him", but Bush and before him did worse and more (which gets ignored because he was your choice).

Meanwhile, the democrats are in the parking lot, doing valet parking……..and demanding tips.

Marilyn Durst says:

Thanks for the chuckle Marc Iao. :) With all of the other chaos, I had almost forgotten that one.

Marilyn Durst says:

Thanks for the chuckle Marc Iao. :) With all of the other chaos, I had almost forgotten that one.

Scott Schoemann says:

WTF is a Counselot? You liberals cant even spell your job descriptions correctly…. The slam On the Despot is because the despot drains the country and doesnt give back which is the whole point of this entire commentary, Real Men and Women, GIVE, Liberal pigs TAKE, now Oink off porky

Scott Schoemann says:

Liberals do not do anything that they do not directly benefit from… Just do a quick check of the published tax returns and look at how much the liberals in government donate to charities vs the amounts donated by the conservatives. Then feel obligated to shut up and go sit in the corner and watch your breasts grow as you suddenly reach maturity

Scott Schoemann says:

Dennis Scully you dont make ANY sense for a mouth breather

Scott Schoemann says:

David Ware Dipshit there ARE no incinerators that too is a play on a theme. Just like me being a cell phone operator for the NSA… Its sad that some people are so dense they just do not get it

Scott Schoemann says:

But But But Obama removes our wallets for free!!!

I don't know what OBAMA IS IN STATE HE SHOULD BE OUT AND RAND PAUL PUT IN HIS PLACE, SHAME ON YOU OBAMA !!!!

Dana Nagy says:

I guess you believe all obamas lies huh I would rather believe what rand paul does to be true a picture is worth a thousand words

Dana Nagy says:

liberals are idiots that follow what we have in the white house now if your too stupid to see what he is doing take your blinders off and listen to something other then msnbc you might learn something

Dana Nagy says:

he deserves to be slammed he is the biggest liar this country has ever had if your a liberal you deserve what you get because you voted for that fool that hates us and your part of the problem for destroying our country

Charlean Dulaney says:

The media is only interested in someone that is ripping the American citizens off.

And the "establishment" debunks and criticizes this guy? How WRONG is this? Here is a picture of a true leader!

And the "establishment" debunks and criticizes this guy? How WRONG is this? Here is a picture of a true leader!

And the "establishment" debunks and criticizes this guy? How WRONG is this? Here is a picture of a true leader!

Wayne Orstad says:

If more people had the same giving mindset, we would still have a great nation! obama has encouraged and brought out the very worst in our citizenry!

It is a good deed…. indeed. But why do you conservatives have to couple those good deeds with a slam at our president? Shameful and sad.

Laura E Thompson says:

I love, love Rand Paul. He, Ted Cruz, and Mike Hall seem to be the only people in the entire congress is the man who says he is. And the things is, they do NOT talk about themselves, they simply say what they want to see accomplished. It is a bonus that he is a giving person to add to the mixture. It is not at all however for doctors and dentists to do pro bono work, like Rand said. My brother, a dentist has gone on a dozen mission trips to other countries and here at home to help those who can't help themselves, yet they get such a bad rap from people who like to say, "I paid for the big house of theirs".

Steve Reaves says:

Bullshit. This never happened. Who thought up this lie?

Roger Gilstrap says:

John. You are absolutely wrong. In your knee-jerk liberal reaction to try and disparage anything done by Senator Paul, you only show your own narrow mindedness. In fact, Senator Paul did not receive government assistance to go to school, and if you had stopped a moment to think before you tried to belittle him you would have realized who his father is and realized, Rand Paul did not need, nor did he avail himself of any government assistance. Unlike the patron saint of liberal idiots who actually applied for assistance as a foreign student!

Roy Witty says:

Great Job Rand. A true Humanitarian Gesture

What makes you think that liberals don't do this too? Americans no matter their political persuasion are good people. But I don't like the way conservatives use this as ammunition for an attack on liberals

GOD BLESS YOU. OH IHOW I WISH MY SON COULD FIND SOMEONE LIKE YOU. HE WAS BLINDED IN A HOME INVASION AND HAS BEEN TOLD IT CAN BE FIXED, BUT HE DOSEN;T HAVE A JOB OR INSURANCE

Winson Thai says:

Kudos Senator Paul! Stupid Obama shouldn't get all of the media attention.

Give, and it shall be given…….When I see "Character" like this fine example, it makes me proud to be an American. It makes me also, want to be a "Better Man", myself. When we set shinning examples for others to witness, we need not say any words. Our "DEEDS" say it all! God bless Rand and all his assistants, who GIVE (Restore) God's gift of sight.

The Senator's pro bono operations are neither conservative or liberal. Simply an act of kindness. As Steve Colbert points out, the press no longer is interested in anything that they cannot reduce to "is it a good thing or a bad thing". This part of the Senator's life, anyway is unquestionably good.

Steve Palmer says:

Rand is doing a great job. Regarding the comment on b.o. b.o. is the biggest liar in US history. All of those b.o. worshippers fall at his feet. It's a cult and he's their cult god. What a bunch of ignorant fools that still support him. I guess he didn't lie about all of the scandals and about b.o. care either.

Mary Coon says:

Jayme Secrist Sedgwick I wouldn't count on Marc lao being sarcastic. Just read where he is Top Commenter and you will see that he is probably an Obama troll.

Cindi Mink says:

I've worked in Ophthalmology for the last 27 years, most recently for a physician who does pro bono work for the World Cataract Foundation in Mexico. I just recently learned of Senator Paul's work as an Ophthalmologist, a man after my own heart for sure. Many thanks to you Sen. Paul !

Bree KL says:

You assume, of course. And you know what assumptions do, right? Even if he did receive government money or scholarships, it's fantastic that he's willing to help those in need. There are quite a few politicians I can name who do nothing personally for the needy they claim to "fight" for and give very little to charity, if anything at all. And in addition to these sorry people, there are their constituents who cannot even acknowledge a good deed done by someone on the other side of the aisle.

John Melvin says:

Well he got govt subsidies in med school, so why not pay some off it back.

James Pounds says:

God Bless you Sir for giving people the care that they deserve!!!!!

James Pounds says:

God Bless you Sir for giving people the care that they deserve!!!!!

Nanci Alley says:

AWESOME! You go Senator Rand Paul, we want you in the WH! God Bless you for all you do!

Nanci Alley says:

AWESOME! You go Senator Rand Paul, we want you in the WH! God Bless you for all you do!

Kelly Smith says:

very cool

You don't make a lot of sense for a top commenter.

David Ware says:

Jayme Secrist Sedgwick I hope so. It's easy to slip and fall into those incinerators. FEMA monkeys cant read English. LOL.

Ray Moser …actually I believe Marc was making a play on the whole Oblammer "you didn't build that" line. He was being sarcastic.

Mark Schwendau says:

Obama has no skill set. Just look at him as our community organizer. Good thing he has a billion rounds of ammo and a private army. When the market crashes, he's going to need them…. and they won't have enough.

Mark Schwendau says:

Obama has no skill set. Just look at him as our community organizer. Good thing he has a billion rounds of ammo and a private army. When the market crashes, he's going to need them…. and they won't have enough.

Ray Moser says:

Marc Loa Truth is always hard for the Looney Left to perceive !

I think it is great that Senator Paul does this free work on his summer break. Why doesn't the so called " media" report this instead of some enhanced lie about Obama??

Diana Moore says:

I was flashedupon ariving @ this sight that this site has security issues HA ! I am sure that was supposed to scare me so I would not read this super great truth!

Marc Iao says:

"He didn't do that on his own, someone else did that for him"

David Ware says:

Those horrible, selfish, evil Repugs…says liberal trash that fear Sen. Paul. Let them eat Obamabuns.

Fred Davey says:

Wow, that's awesome it's a shame that people who do good deeds especially politicians are overlooked

Ronnie AndSherryl Anderson says:

Awesome doctor! I know many of them, too! There are many who work for nothing to provide services to people who need it but cannot afford it. Always have!