February 9th, 2009
01:48 PM ET
11 years ago

President Obama bumps his head

CNN

The President bumped his head as he stepped into Marine One Monday morning at the White House.

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - There was a minor bump on the road - actually a minor bump on the head - as President Barack Obama departed Monday for Elkhart, Indiana to sell his stimulus plan to Americans.

While boarding Marine One on Monday morning, the president turned to wave goodbye and ever so slightly bumped the left side of his head on the doorway to the helicopter. He seemed to recover quickly, then ducked before boarding the helicopter that would take him to Air Force One. Unfortunately for Obama, there were many cameras there to capture the accident.

This isn’t the first time a president’s head has collided with Marine One: President George W. Bush hit his head on the side of the helicopter while boarding shortly after taking office — also in full view of a row of cameras.

Luckily for both men, no visible signs of injury resulted from the minor mishap.


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soundoff (513 Responses)
  1. Iowa Hawk Man

    I can hear the repubs now...

    "Impeach the man! He can't even get in a helicopter correctly..."

    February 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. k8

    Really? Do we really care?

    February 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. BB

    Foreign made helicopter – what can you expect? They don't accomodate taller people.

    February 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. IndyVoter

    Gotta get use to that helo! Don't worry Mr. President, you have 4 (hopefully 8) more years to do so. – 🙂

    February 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. JS

    Thank you, CNN, for reporting this vital news flash!!!

    February 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. Miguel Joy

    Ok.. let the jokes begin.

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Joe in DE

    Both senators from Indiana complained about the Stimulus. The whole country needs the stimulus but more so in places like Indians. It is OK for Republicans to try and "improve" the Bill but would be a serious mistake to Filibuster – the voter don't take kindly to this type obstruction.

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Marty

    CNN stop wasting my time. You're killing journalism.

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. Polar Bears Against Palen

    Who cares? What an idiot post. I thought for sure Ed Henry wrote it. Ha!

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. Matthew, Detroit

    That brings back the days of Gerald Ford bumping his head and walking into doors. Pretty funny Barack. Have a good day.

    February 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Kim, Charlotte, NC

    Next.........

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. sg

    This is news? Maybe I should go to Entertainment Tonight's website for real news.

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Lovely

    CNN; Lets do some real reporting Please

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Gary from illinois

    It is really shamefull you have nothing better to report on. With everything else going on in our country.

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Meghan

    This is a sad, sad commentary on what we as Americans find newsworthy...

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Worried Democrat

    That was KARMA trying to tell him to get with the program and fix the stimulus package.

    It has very little money to help the Housing Crisis and Job Losses.

    Americans are saying NO to the STIMULUS in its current form......we learned from the first Bail Out Fiasco, and we will not be fooled as easily this time around.

    February 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Nugent for President

    Can you please keep us informed on when he goes to the bathroom, stubs his toe, gets a paper cut, etc? Really, does whatever stupid thing thing this man does have to be a headline?

    February 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. RC

    really? this is news? any word on if he dribbled milk from his breakfast cereal onto his lap?

    February 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Melissa

    This is about the least newsworthy item I've ever seen on Cnn. What's next "Obama blows his nose"?

    February 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. bill

    Thank God cameras were there to capture this historic day.

    February 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. Teknarik

    Who cares?! I saw someone fall down on icy road this morning, but that didnt make the news though...This is very sad news reporting.

    February 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. SL

    Is this really news? Really? C'mon CNN... we expect better of you.

    February 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

    I can't wait until the RNC splits and goes belly up. They are sacrificing their own base to make sure Obama fails as their Chief of the RNC Limbaugh states. Their-RNC- behavior is broaching unconstitutional if not criminal. Representatives of the people should not be allowed to let the economy and its people suffer over their own mental setbacks, be they emotional, ego-driven, or racial. They are positioning this as an economic matter, when I and many other voters see clearly that it is purely PERSONAL.

    WHEN WILL THE RNC GROW UP?

    February 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Stephen Sprencel

    Let's hope he doesn't choke on a pretzel next!

    February 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Angus McDugan

    OMG! He is Pres. Ford all over again.

    February 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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