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Texas Connects Us: The Obama Cowboy Hat



    The Obama Cowboy Hat: Texas Connects Us

    The North Texan who offered President Obama his cowboy hat at a recent rally, got a new hat and a VIP tour of the factory where his hat was made. (Published Friday, March 25, 2016)

    When David Espinosa stood up at President Barack Obama's rally in Dallas last week, he never expected the publicity that followed.

    "It's like a celebrity experience," Espinosa joked. "Everyone talks about that."

    Espinosa offered the president his cowboy hat.

    It didn't fit the president, but since he tried it on, it became an instant keepsake that will never be worn again.

    "That's the way I was raised, " Espinosa added. "Always give and expect nothing in return."   

    His actions caught the attention of Scott Starnes, president of the Milano Hat Company.

    "We all saw the story on NBC 5 and it touched our hearts," Starnes said.

    Starnes noticed that Espinosa's hat was a black felt Justin hat, made at his factory in Garland.

    "So we invited him to come here to the factory to take a tour, see how the hats are made and replace his hat with a brand new one," Starnes added.

    And on Thursday, he gave Espinosa a new custom hat, complete with his name printed inside.

    "Wow," Espinosa reacted. "This is amazing."

    "At the end of the day, we're all Americans," Starnes said. "There's nothing more American than a cowboy hat made right here in Texas by the Milano Hat Company."

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