Hillary Clinton struck a defiant note at yesterday's rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, making her first public appearance since her near-collapse at Sunday's 9/11 commemoration service in New York.
After encouraging the crowd to "fight for our children, fight for our families," and "make America all that it should be," the Democrat presidential candidate left the podium to a cheeky choice of song: James Brown's I Feel Good, selected as a riposte to those commentators who have raised concerns about her fitness following her recent pneumonia diagnosis.
Clinton may well "feel good", but her campaign managers might begin to feel queasy themselves when they realise the grim irony of their choice: Brown died in 2006 of pneumonia. If her team were not aware of the singer's cause of death, it will be seen as a particularly unfortunate gaffe, given the intense media scrutiny surrounding Clinton's health.
Clinton's physicican, Lisa Bardack, has said that the candidate is "recovering nicely" from the illness, which is the eighth leading cause of death in America. On Wednesday, Bardack released an updated doctor's letter, declaring the nominee "healthy and fit to serve" as president.
Meanwhile, Clinton has asserted that she has been more open with her medical history than her Republican rival, Donald Trump. "The information is out there," she said. "You can't say the same thing about Donald Trump. The American people deserve to know what he's up to and what he is hiding."
Trump released a doctor's letter in December addressed "To Whom My Concern" [sic.], which described his health as "astonishingly excellent", and claimed the candidate "has no history of ever using alcohol". It prompted a critical response from the world's media, with Newsweek magazine calling the letter "one of the most ridiculous documents ever to emerge in any political campaign."
Earlier this week, Trump appeared on the US chat show Doctor Oz to provide a fuller account of his medical condition, for an episode broadcast this Thursday.