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Fri February 28, 2014
Politics

Mid-State Grad Student Introduces President Obama

MTSU student Joshua Crutchfield introduces President Barak Obama Feb. 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
MTSU student Joshua Crutchfield introduces President Barak Obama Feb. 25, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A mid-state student had what he calls a “once in a life-time” opportunity this week.

Joshua Crutchfield, a 26 year old graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, was invited to introduce President Barack Obama at Washington event promoting the Affordable Care Act.

Crutchfield recently purchased insurance through the new online insurance marketplace, a part of President Obama’s signature health care reform.

“This evening I couldn’t be more honored to be here with the leader who delivered that peace of mind when he championed this reform. He fought for it. He chose to do the right thing in the face of extreme adversity and for that I’m truly grateful.”

Crutchfield and his family got to meet the president backstage before Joshua’s introduction.

“I was really nervous at first, but as soon as you meet him he kind of calms your nerves and it was really an awesome experience and he seemed like somebody that I’d already known for a long time.”

The online marketplace that Joshua used had a rocky rollout last fall, but the MTSU student says he was impressed with how easy it was to navigate the online portal.