Obama Visits With Patients at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

President Obama visited yesterday with more than four dozen patients of the National Naval Medical Center during an hour-long stop at the Bethesda hospital.

The facility, one of the nation's largest military medical centers, treats U.S. troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as military veterans.

Obama awarded two Purple Heart medals during his visit, assistant press secretary Tommy Vietor said.

"The president met with 26 inpatients and approximately 30 outpatients and their families. He also met with hospital staff," Vietor said in an e-mail.

No reporters were allowed to accompany the president during his visit, and Vietor provided no other details of the trip.

-- Michael D. Shear

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