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President Barack Obama: I love Sen. Tom Coburn dearly

by Chris Casteel Published: February 6, 2014
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President Barack Obama gave a shout-out Thursday morning at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington to Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn.

“And there is one colleague of mine who is missing today — a great friend of mine who I came into the Senate with, Senator Tom Coburn,” Obama said.

“Tom is going through some tough times right now, but I love him dearly even though we’re from different parties. He’s a little closer to Louie’s political perspective than mine, but he is a good man and I’m keeping him and his family in my prayers all the time. So just a shout-out to my good friend Tom Coburn.”

Coburn, who is being treated for prostate cancer, is resigning at the end of the congressional session.

He was working on legislation to reform the U.S. Postal Service on Thursday morning and could not attend the breakfast.

Louie, in the president’s remarks, is U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican who co-hosted the breakfast.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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