BlackBlueDog.com Staff Writer
President Barack Obama took some time today to call the family of Alex Okrent, one of his campaign aides who died after collapsing suddenly at campaign headquarters. Okrent’s death was a surprise, and the president offered his most sincere condolences to the aide’s family in Chicago.
President Obama was in Virginia on a campaign stop when Okrent fell ill. Okrent worked in the president’s media department. He was a deputy field director in Cleveland during the president’s 2008 campaign, and also worked on President Obama’s 2004 Senate campaign.
Okrent received quite a few kind words on Twitter today after his untimely death.
“We will miss you, Alex. You left a beautiful legacy. We will never forget your spirit or your passion. Rest in peace, brother,” wrote Jeremy Bird, Obama’s National Field Director.
Even GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered his condolences for Obama’s fallen soldier.
“Ann & I were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Alex Okrent. Prayers are with Alex’s loved ones and the entire Obama campaign team,” Romney wrote on Twitter.