Obama campaign worker collapses at Chicago campaign HQ and later dies
First the restaurant owner, now the campaign HQ worker and today they are saying the people at his appearances are fainting by the dozens. This isn't happening at other political rallies. The guy just gives most people an evil creepy feeling.
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A 29-year-old staffer at President Barack Obama’s downtown Chicago campaign headquarters collapsed there Friday and later died.
Alex Okrent worked with Obama’s political team since 2004. The president called Okrent’s family to offer his condolences. Obama later consoled campaign staffers in a conference call Friday afternoon.
Okrent worked in Obama for America’s paid media department, which handles advertising for Obama’s re-election bid. He was a staffer for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and worked on his 2004 race for an Illinois Senate seat. He also worked in a variety of other campaigns.
After he collapsed, Chicago paramedics were called at 10:36 a.m. to the Obama headquarters in the Prudential Building where he was given emergency treatment. He was then taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Okrent, who lived in north suburban Evanston, was a graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.
Obama’s November opponent, Mitt Romney, offered his condolences, saying via Twitter: “Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent. Prayers are with Alex’s loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team.”
More than 20 People Faint During Obama Speech
July 13, 2012 9:06 PM
The pool report on President Obama's trip to Roanoke, Virginia says that more than 20 people fainted during the president's speech this evening.
"TV viewers may have heard POTUS pointed out a couple of faintings during the rally in downtown Roanoke," writes the pool report. "In fact, fire officials say more than 20 people fell out during the course of the speech. There were waves of exclamation as one person after another swooned."
Paramedics treated 21 people on the scene and took one to the hospital, according to the Roanoke fire department.
It was warm out and the crowd of 3,000-plus was packed tightly into the 4-block area, the deputy fire marshal said by way of explanation. Volunteers passed around cups of water but some people didn't take them, he said
"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself." -DH Lawrence
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