100-year-old arrived too late for mention by Obama

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Posted: Jan 26, 2012 5:28 PM
100-year-old arrived too late for mention by Obama

A 100-year-old man who was supposed to get a shout-out from President Barack Obama Thursday for his long life and lengthy marriage arrived too late and was dropped from the president's prepared remarks.

But Wilbur Faiss, who was supposed to be featured at the top of Obama's remarks at an event in Las Vegas, said he's been assured that to make amends, he'll be invited to the next presidential appearance in Vegas.

Obama's prepared remarks had him hailing Faiss and his wife, Theresa, who are getting ready to celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary. "Wilbur, you're clearly doing something right," Obama said in his advance text.

But when Obama actually spoke, there was no mention of the centenarian or his spouse.

Faiss said in a phone interview from his home in Vegas later that by the time they found out about the event they weren't able to get there in time.

"It wasn't no problem," he said. "We didn't know till too late for us to do anything about it. We went down there and it was just too late." Faiss said preparations were being made for him to attend the next presidential event.