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Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/08/2012

Obama says Bourbon Steak waiter thanked him for saving mom’s life


The main dining room at Bourbon Steak. (Bourbon Steak)
Bourbon Steak tried to keep a tight lid on their visit from the Obamas Saturday night for their 20th anniversary. The first couple dined in a private room; a tweet of a fancy tasting menu from the executive chef was quickly deleted.

So who’s blabbing? The president himself. At a fundraiser in L.A. Sunday night, Obama shared a story about their “wonderful young waiter,” whom he identified as Anthony.

“He brought us all our stuff, and he was patient with us as we were dawdling over the menu,” said the president, who didn’t identify the Georgetown restaurant by name. “But at the end of the dinner — it was very professional, very unobtrusive — but at the end of the dinner he just said, ‘I wanted to just say how much I appreciate you because you saved my mother's life.’ ” The waiter explained his mother had a stroke but did not yet qualify for Medicare; the Affordable Care Act allowed the family to get coverage for his mother’s medicines and treatment. “It reminded me of why we do this,” Obama told donors.

Sweet story, right? But apparently the waiter meant this for an audience of two. We reached out to him, but Anthony declined to comment via a rep for the restaurant, saying he wanted to protect his family’s privacy.

Read earlier: The Obamas at Bourbon Steak, 10/7/12


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