Obama Opens Up About Baby Sasha's Fight For Life

President says he has a fondness for nurses after they helped save his daughter

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President Obama may be the King of Cool at press conferences, but he turns to weepy mush with his girls.

At an unprecedented White House town-hall meeting Thursday, Obama revealed that his 7-year-old daughter Sasha – “our little precious pea,” he called her – was just 3 months old when she was hospitalized with life-threatening meningitis. “Very dangerous,” the president said, responding to a health-policy question from a nurse in the audience.

“The doctors did a terrific job,” Obama said, “but frankly it was the nurses that were there with us when she had to get a spinal tap, and all sorts of things that were just bringing me to tears.”

“I’m biased toward nurses. I just like nurses,” he told audience seated in the East Room, while others watched via the Internet.

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