By Patrick B. McGuigan
OKLAHOMA CITY – Next winter, Tom Coburn will leave office two years before the scheduled end of his second term in the upper house of Congress.
In response to a request for comment, President Barack Obama led the chorus of praise for the passionate conservative Republican from Muskogee.
Obama said, in an email to Oklahoma Watchdog, “Those of us who have had the privilege of serving with Tom Coburn will be sad to lose him as a colleague here in Washington. Tom and I entered the Senate at the same time, becoming friends after our wives struck up a conversation at an orientation dinner. And even though we haven’t always agreed politically, we’ve found ways to work together – to make government more transparent, cut down on earmarks, and fight to reduce wasteful spending and make our tax system fairer.
“The people of Oklahoma have been well-served by this ‘country doctor from Muskogee’ over the past nine years, and I’m confident that Tom’s strength and optimism will carry him through the battles to come. Michelle and I will always be grateful to Tom and Carolyn for their friendship, and we wish them all the best in all the years ahead.”
Friday afternoon, the president’s comments were circulated by the White House press office.