The Washington Times - July 29, 2009, 01:42PM

File this under “You can’t make this stuff up”: a 13-month old joke about health care resurfaced today when President Obama held a town hall meeting in Raleigh.

Long story short, Obama today seemed to randomly call on a woman who said her father had given him a cane “to help you out during … health care reform” last year.

It’s an example of how small the world is, since she’s from Bristol, Virginia, the town where Obama officially began his general election campaign in 2008 and where he heads shortly for another health care town hall at a grocery store.

I was there in Bristol last June, when Charles Edwards gave Obama a maple walking stick as a gift.

Edwards, 95, handed the then-candidate the carved stick, and Obama called it “beautiful.”

Obama raised and waved the stick, declaring: “If members of Congress don’t pass my health care bill … I’ll whoop ‘um.”

Wonder where the stick is now - he may be needing it.

Then again, his former campaign now run by the DNC as Organizing for America, announced a fundraising drive today asking for donors to set up a $1 per day autopay via credit card to keep giving until health care is passed.

“A huge response will show the insurance companies and their allies in Congress that their delay tactics will only make our movement stronger,” OFA’s Mitch Stewart tells supporters.


— Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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