It was a huge victory for Fox and his cause.
"Today is a new day," Fox said in a statement the day the ban was lifted. "I'm thrilled to see President Obama has honored his commitment to get politics out of science. The last few years have been incredibly frustrating for patients and researchers who believe that embryonic stem cell research has the potential to bring better treatments and cures to many of the patients."
Always the optimist, Fox even called Rush Limbaugh's 2006 attack on him -- in which the conservative radio host accused him of faking his Parkinson's symptoms for sympathy -- a "real blessing."
" I mean, I know who I am, and my family knows who I am... so that was fine," Fox said. "And so the bonus was all of a sudden [stem cell research] was revived at people's coffee tables... and people really investigating it, looking into it. And so, it was, it was a real blessing, in a way. It created a wave that I think crested on March 9 at the White House."