Sweet: Doctor makes late night hotel call to examine Obama. Worried about sore throat.

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/07/2008, 10:00am

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LEBANON, N.H.–A doctor was called to examine White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) late Sunday night admists concerns from the front-running Democratic candidate and his staff that his hoarseness did not signal a more serious medical condition.

A doctor arrived at a Best Western inn in Keene shortly after Obama’s motorcade, including two buses with his traveling bus corps arrived sometime after 10 p.m. The press was not notified about the doctors visit.

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the doctor was call as a “precaution… to check on the senators voice and to make sure there was nothing else.”

LaBolt said the doctor “concluded there was no infection and the best thing he could do was rest his voice for a few days. Those were instructions we had to ignore,” LaBolt said.

At a rally in Keene, N.H. this morning, Obama told the audience he consulted a doctor about his throat and the physicians’ prescription was “shut up.” Obama said he can’t do that.

Obama’s voice has been very hoarse and strained since he delivered a victory night speech in Des Moines on onn Jan. 3.

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