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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  1. Dennis

    Why is this news? Nothing better to do?

    February 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Stonewall

    At least George Bush looked like an executive when he walked to his helicopter and boarded. Obama looks like the AMATEUR that he is! Get ready America!! Had Bushed bumped his head, CNN would make you think that he knocked himself out!!

    February 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. Scott the Independent

    Well we know in Bush's case the bump didn't help knock any sense into it.

    February 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  4. Hope

    What's next. How many times he cough. How fast the plane took off the ground. How many times has he bump his head on the wall. Oh, please get real people at CNN.

    February 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. wasabe kid

    Let him who has never bumped his head cast the first brickbat.

    February 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. usaisnum1

    LOL Unfortunately, that little bump won't knock any sense into his little "curious george" head! He's blowing it BIG time as Pres, but we ALL knew he'd tank anyway! Anybody who has never held down a REAL job, let alone never done anything useful in politics, could never do the job necessary of the President of the United States. He had big shoes to fill and apparently, he's coming up MANY SIZES TOO SHORT!! He's about to spend away a TRILLION dollars, giving it away to people who will never help themselves and spend it on drugs and alcohol. What's little left after that is spent on funding his fellow self-serving executives at all of these companies he's giving bailout money to. The average American will never see help and we'll be in even BIGGER TROUBLE after he blows this TRILLION dollars. And he'll wonder why it didn't work!! DUH OBAMA! Maybe you should have learned something before thinking you could be a Pres!! Only in office one month and the country is in bigger trouble than ever! In addition to spending that trillion, he's FREEING TERRORISTS! LOL Tell me he isn't into protecting the muslims!!! You're not fooling most of us Osama!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. tom

    Why do you waste your time with this kind of thing CNN?

    February 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Scandal

    this is RIDICULOUS!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. CB

    Must be a slooooowwww news day. It's not like the economy hit the fan or anything, right?

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Hunter

    CNN.. what has happened to you? This is just pathetic junk. Cover something real. DO SOMETHING with those worthless journalism degrees other then cover the most insignificant stories on the planet. CNN seems like a tabloid these days...

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  11. U.S. Common Sense

    Maybe it will knock some sense into the President, and make him change his mind on this boondoggle called a "stimulus plan."

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. What!?!?

    You're kidding....right? This sounds like something from Andy Borowitz, who is hysterical because he makes fun of 'the news.' Or is it from Weekend Update on SNL? It's certainly NOT a serious news story.

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Ken in NC

    WOW CNN. This is to much information.

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  14. Deer Valley

    I swear to god, will you people in the liberal media re-learn what is serious news and what is "people magazine" type stuff. FFS, obama bumps his head ... and I bet he went to the bathroom this morning too ... 😦

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. Dan from CO

    I am normally not a media basher, but the "Political Ticker" aspect of CNN's website is simply a joke. Time and time again, stories such as this are placed under the "Latest News" section on CNN's homepage as if it were real news, instead of on a more appropriate part of the site.

    Much like local TV news, CNN is gradually becoming just another infotainment site. How they they be taken seriously as a source of information when they post meaningless dribble like this.

    Well, life is too short and I'm fed up with CNN's so-called "news". Time to look elsewhere for serious and thoughtful news & information.

    Have a good day all.

    February 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Anonymous

    why was it ok to air president bush's gaffes but not ok to air obama's? i especially llked when obama tried to open a window instead of a door at the white house a couple of weeks ago.

    February 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. greenkathy

    The fact that this was reported is symptomatic of a larger problem. The news machine has overdeveloped capacity, and non-stories and non-issues are being elevated to a level that they should never achieve. This challenges the public to fight through all the noise to the real news. I hope the Obama people hold the line on how much access they give the media or he will never get anything done.

    February 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. Jean

    Congress spends too much... he promises more. Taxes are too high... he wants to raise them. His tax increases are the fine print in his economic plan, and let me be specific.

    The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes... raise payroll taxes... raise investment income taxes... raise the death tax... raise business taxes... and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars.

    February 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Thomas

    Here I sit at home, not able to find work, and someone is getting paid to bring us this non-story!!!!

    My God.... time to cut back CNN. Pathetic.

    February 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Natasha/Ohio Democrat

    You people are really bored huh.....LOL

    Let's see the video of Bush and the shoes!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Char59

    Pleeeease!!! There are more important things to report. Who hasn't ever bumped their head? This is not news!

    February 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Joe Virginia

    You have to be kidding me CNN. I really thought he bumped his head based on the headline. It was an awkward entrance. This would not have even made it on Jon Steward or Colbert.

    February 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Scott

    Does this type of crap need to be reported?

    Who cares? CNN GET A LIFE!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Steve

    GOOD.........maybe now he will have some common sense!

    February 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. James in Tx

    Thanks CNN for reporting the most important news of the day. No visible signs of injury. Is there any other news to report, like, "the President is not suffering from a life-threatening disease", or "Obama shows no apparent signs of amnesia".

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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