Photo: Akron Beacon Journal
President Obama’s motorcade stopped for breakfast yesterday at a small family-owned restaurant in West Akron, Ohio.
The restaurant’s 70-year old owner, Josephine “Ann” Harris, was thrilled to meet Obama, who she considered her hero.
Harris didn’t know Obama was coming until earlier that morning, report Stephanie Warsmith, Rick Armon and John Higgins, of the Akron Beacon Journal Online.
“It was great,” she said, after the President left, while sitting in a booth at her restaurant with a wet towel around her neck. “He treated us like one of the brothers. He hugged all of us… and got his picture taken with all of us.”
A couple of hours later, Harris said she was feeling tired and felt a “tingling” feeling.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she died at 11:15am.
Harris had been sick for a while. This year alone, she has had two heart attacks and a stroke. Her family was happy she got to meet the President, an event they were sure was “the highlight of her life.”
(The unsaid irony, of course, is that the President’s visit also probably killed her, or at least hastened her death. One of the less-discussed hazards of being President.)
President Obama called Harris’s family later in the day to offer his condolences.
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