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Job difficulty, foes increase for Clyburn

May 3, 2010 11:26:00 PM - thestate.com

Nearing midnight on March 21, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s cell phone vibrated in his pocket.

It was a congratulatory call from President Barrack Obama, whose inauguration 14 months earlier Clyburn had hailed as vindicating the vision of Martin Luther King Jr.

Obama was calling to thank the Columbia Democrat for shepherding the historic health care bill through the U.S. House shortly before lawmakers passed it in a 219-212 vote, with no Republican support.

“He said this would be a huge benefit to the country, and he thanked me for playing such a critical role in getting it done,” Clyburn told McClatchy.