President Obama Meets with Injured Cedar Falls Sailor

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

President Barack Obama with disabled Cedar Falls sailor Taylor Morris, left, and girlfriend Danielle Kelly, right, during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center Thursday, June 28, 2012.(Courtesy photo)


By Aaron Hepker

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is meeting with disabled Cedar Falls sailor Taylor Morris and girlfriend Danielle Kelly during a visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center this afternoon, the couple said in a phone interview with the Courier today.

“He’s just meeting with wounded warriors, and he’s coming on our floor. So, yeah,” Taylor said. “It’s no big secret, but there’s a lot of Secret Service on the floor.”

Additionally, the couple and Taylor’s father, Dan Morris, have been invited to the White House on the Fourth of July. “We’re going there for dinner and to watch the fireworks from the lawn,” Taylor said.

Morris is one of six “wounded warriors” being invited to the White House for the event. Obama’s visit to Walter Reed today is the first time the president had been there since Morris began his recovery from losing portion of all four limbs in a bomb blast in Kandahar province, Afghanistan in early May.

Morris was clearing an area of explosive ordnance so U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers could take defensive shelter as they were about to be attacked by Afghan insurgents.

Obama came to the hospital shortly after delivering a nationally televised address following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Taylor noted he had previously worked on security details with the U.S. Secret Service for the president and Vice President Joe Biden in their travels, but had never previously met the president personally.

He has also worked with the U.S. Department of State on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s travels.

The couple spoke to the Courier over their lunch, after a morning of therapy for Taylor and prior to the president’s visit.

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