Obama Seen by a Doctor for his Hoarse Voice

By Michael Elmore

Jan 7, 2008 10:33am

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., was seen by a doctor while in Keene, New Hampshire last night, to check out his hoarse voice which has plagued him since before the Iowa caucus.

Between 10 and 11pm a doctor visited the Best Western hotel in what the campaign describes as a "precaution" due to the Senator feeling under the weather.

According to the campaign, the doctor determined Obama did not have an infection, and prescribed for him to take a few days off and stop talking.

Just a mere ten hours later, at an 8am rally in Claremont, New Hampshire, Obama addressed the crowd, saying he felt great, but his voice is still hoarse.  The prescription?  Obama evoked laughter from crowd, "I asked the doctor what he would prescribe and he said ‘shut up’!"

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt says the the doctors prescription is, "Instructions that we’ve already had to ignore."

Obama heads into a packed day, in the final campaign push before the New Hampshire primary, with four formal events and another anticipated retail stop to tack on.

The campaign says that in the next few days Obama can anticipate a little down time.

But after the primary.

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