Fri Sep 14, 2012, 09:01 PM
trailmonkee (2,605 posts)
Pres Obama's unplanned meeting with boy he visited in hospital in July (in 'awe' of boys recovery)
A 16-year-old boy severely wounded by a bullet that tore through his brain during the July 20 Aurora theater massacre was well enough Thursday to meet with President Obama.
Yousef Gharbi and his mother Amee met backstage with the president for a few minutes just before a campaign rally in Golden, Colo., Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
The president, Psaki said, was “in awe” of how Yousef is recovering.
“He’s up walking and talking and doing extremely well,” said Psaki, who spoke to reporters on board Air Force One as the president made his way from Colorado back to Washington, D.C.
On July 22, Yousef was in a hospital intensive care unit suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. It was the same day President Obama came to Colorado to meet with victims, families and first responders.
During that July visit, Psaki said President Obama met Yousef’s mother Amee, telling her, “I hope when he’s recovered you’ll come back and see me when I’m back in town.”
Thursday Yousef and his mother did exactly that, apparently getting tickets to the campaign rally on their own, without any “special treatment” from the campaign, Psaki said. The pair was recognized, she said, by campaign staff who helped arrange the short meeting with the president.
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Fri Sep 14, 2012, 10:23 PM
FirstLight (8,950 posts)
1. This is the stuff, man
It is just the Heart stuff that counts to me, you know?
I love the fact that the reporter revealed the family got their own tix and were recognized by staffers...it shows that Obama's attention to PEOPLE is something he fosters in his people/admin too...which is really priceless, it cannot be taught.