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Facebookers Back Howard Dean for HHS Secretary

By Ed O'Keefe
In the wake of Thomas A. Daschle's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for secretary of health and human services, some Democrats said they were at a loss as to whom President Obama might nominate next.

Will the latest online efforts in support of Howard Dean help him get a job with the Obama administration? (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

Perhaps those Democrats should check with the thousands of Facebook members who want physician and former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean to serve as the next HHS secretary.

"Appoint Howard Dean to HHS!" has attracted more than 4,000 members in its first 36 hours and "Howard Dean for HHS Secretary" counts more than 1,600 groupies.

"When Daschle withdrew his nomination I wanted to help make sure Howard Dean was considered for the position," said Rob Hatch-Miller, creator of the "Howard Dean for HHS Secretary" group.

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Posted at 12:20 PM ET on Feb 6, 2009  | Category:  Cabinet
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"NEW PORT RICHEY — They camped out behind the faded convenience store all day, on a small patch of grass by a parking lot and two busy roads. By 6 o'clock Thursday evening, some of these people had already been there for 10 hours, huddled, wearing layers, bracing themselves. It would be one of the coldest nights of the year — dipping to 30 degrees — and it hadn't even begun.

They weren't camping out for concert tickets or some kind of door-buster sale. They just wanted to get their teeth fixed.

One day a year, a dentist next door to the convenience store, Dr. Vincent Monticciolo, gives away his services for free. Usually, people start lining up the night before. This year — in this economy — the first person showed up, with sleeping bags and determination, at 8 a.m. Thursday"

So here we are - low wage working people, unemployed people or retired old people, not welfare recipients, camping out to get one free procedure (cleaning, extraction or filling) at a dentist's office.

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Welcome to the real America.

Posted by: toritto | February 6, 2009 1:23 PM

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