Is Obama Jinxed?
No doubt some of Obama's harshest critics will enjoy poking fun at him for this. Dark humor is what it is. I won't say I've never enjoyed it. But I'm not really trying to poke fun here. Still, the missteps and unavoidable pitfalls of his campaign this year certainly stand in contrast to 2008. She'd probably have won the state lottery back then. Things simply do not seem to be going Obama's way. Still, this is a shame. It was kind and appropriate of him to call the family.
UPDATE: The White House responds, via the pool report:
Carney said POTUS, from Air Force One, phoned Wilma Parsons, the daughter of Josephine "Ann" Harris, the owner of the Ann's Place restaurant in Akron, which POTUS visited this morning. Harris died hours after the presidential visit.
Harris was not there when pool was inside the restaurant, but Carney said she met with POTUS afterward.
"The president expressed his sorrow and his [condolences]. Very sad event, he was honored to meet her this morning and passed on his feelings that the whole family is in his thoughts and prayers today."