Obama Praises Nurses, Recalls Sasha Scare

Prez has lifelong respect for nurses after infant daughter's hospitalization
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2009 9:00 AM CDT
In this Jan. 5, 2009, file photo, then President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama prepare their daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, for their first day of school in Washington.   (AP Photo/Obama Transition Office, Callie Shell)
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(Newser) – President Barack Obama’s White House Internet town hall meeting yesterday wasn’t all business: he also discussed his soft spot for nurses, People reports. During his response to a health policy question, the president remembered the care given to daughter Sasha during her hospitalization with life-threatening meningitis at age 3 months. “I’m biased toward nurses. I just like nurses,” he said.

“The doctors did a terrific job,” he continued. “But frankly it was the nurses that were there with us when she had to get a spinal tap, and all sorts of things that were just bringing me to tears.”