Timonium resident gets call, invitation from White House President responds to man's letter of support

November 21, 1995|By Suzanne Loudermilk | Suzanne Loudermilk,SUN STAFF

A letter of support to the president has netted Richard Troy a surprise phone call and an invitation to the White House -- from Bill Clinton himself.

"I wasn't quite sure it was him," the Timonium resident said yesterday, describing the call he received Sunday as he was finishing dinner. "It sounded like him. Then he read parts of my letter."

Mr. Clinton called in response to a two-paragraph letter the Baltimore County Republican sent by fax to the president Nov. 10 supporting his position on the budget impasse, especially on Medicare and Medicaid.

During last week's budgetary standstill and the signing of the short-term spending measure, Mr. Clinton has remained steadfast in protecting those programs.

"They are important and should not be dismantled," said Mr. Troy, a nurse practitioner with the Veterans Administration. "If they are eliminated, we're looking at getting people back into poverty."

The president told Mr. Troy, 51, that he usually reads samples of letters sent to him and calls some of the writers. A White House spokesman could not confirm the phone call yesterday, but said that the president often makes calls from his residence.

During the five-minute call, Mr. Clinton also asked whether Mr. Troy was excited about the Cleveland Browns' move to Baltimore. When Mr. Troy conceded he isn't much of a football fan, Mr. Clinton said that he and his wife preferred basketball. The president also invited Mr. Troy to visit the White House in a few weeks.

Mr. Troy said he was sitting at his dining room table with his girlfriend when the president called at 7:15 p.m. He said he told his colleagues at work that Mr. Clinton must be a fiscal conservative. "He called Sunday evening when the rates are low."

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