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. Chipster

    Wow! slow news day?

    What is the deal with people like "Tim" who seem to think Obama is the "Messiah?" I'm a supporter of the former Senator, current President, but this "Messiah" stuff is just creepy. Obama's supporters are looking for responsible government from a President (for a change), not redemption. Get a grip, Tim.

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  2. babba gootz

    I agree – how is this news? Who among us hasn't bumped our head?

    Why aren't you focused on the fact that Obama lied when he said he'd have troops home in 6 months? Those troops aren't going anywhere. Gitmo IS NOT closing. What about the economic stimulus plan that benefits the big banks? Didn't Obama say he opposed NAFTA and GATT while campaining and now he talks about how great they are? C'mon. He's no better that Bush. You need to start being critical of this guy. Report on the real news.

    Of course, this comment will probably not be posted...

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  3. Matt

    Maybe it will knock some sense into Mr. Obama

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  4. dave

    Why was if ok to air president bush's gaffes but it's such a crime to air obama's gaffes? I especially liked when obama tried to open a window at the white house a couple of weeks ago instead of the door.

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  5. Mom

    Ouch. Did anyone get him some ice?

    February 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  6. David

    Are there any further developments? Come on, CNN, don't leave us hanging!

    February 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. Al, NY NY

    The Oxycotin Blimp and his posse of haters will surely have a field day with this one....Not that anything stupid that the Crawford town idiot did warranted their scorn.

    February 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Rob

    Maybe it will knock some sense into him. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy

    February 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. NIKI

    *********JUST IN*************
    PRESIDENT OBAMA JUST BUMPED HIS HEAD, AND IT SEEMS AS IF, WE THEREFORE WILL HAVE A HOLIDAY.
    THANK YOU FOR WATCHING CNN
    YOU ARE IN THE NEWS ROOM

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  10. Eve

    With all that is going on in the world, I cannot believe this is a headline or a "ticker" or even a news story. There have got to be more important and relevant stories to cover.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  11. Rhiannonrede

    I agree with others here. Why is this news? It really reminds me of the old Eddie Murphy skit from SNL in which he parodies news coverage of the attempt on Reagan's life by showing "Texon's" coverage of the shooting of Buckweat. Honestly, this kind of coverage of minutia of Barack's life cheapen the work he is trying to do.

    Little Rock, AR

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  12. Noah

    Liberals hate to see anything that makes their Dear Leader look mortal. You Liberals loved seeing Bush have these kinds of mishaps and now the shoe is on the other foot and suddenly it doesn't fit so well.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Tammy

    Why are they spending so much time on taking care of banks? It's not going to help my family. Our bank still hasn't sent us a modification package for our mortgage. They received money in the bailout. You want to stimulate the economy...give every tax payer 5K and let them spend it. If both my husband and myself received money we could fix our roof, buy a car for our daughter, and get new carpet for the house. There... I just put 5 people to work. I will not be doing any of these things now. We are in the bracket of having negative equity, good credit and no way to refinance our ARM. A mortgage company who already took money from the so called bailout and has of yet refused to work with us because we make too much money! I'm really tired of handing money over to people who helped put us in this situation and thinking that NOW they will do the right thing. What are all these people smoking? We(the taxpayers) know what to do with our money. LET US DO IT!! A few hundred or even a thousand won't do much good. We need enough to make it matter. Enough to spend. An infusion of cash to every taxpayer could mean the difference between keeping a home and feeding your family or holding out until you could find that job. Let us save our mortgages because the banks aren't. They don't care. Don't make the same mistakes again. Do not hand over OUR hard earned money to the same institutions who are refusing to tell us where the money went. I know they aren't lending it to me!

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  14. SDB

    I live in Goshen, IN...these people need to stop expecting the Pres and government to "do something to help me" and do something to help themselves...Obama is not sending us a check in the mail...he is not buying us a house...he is not giving us a car...he is not paying for our groceries...the stimulus/spendulus is not to help people like us..WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  15. Ray

    Well I hope Obama is a head up on this one.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Mike in Columbus

    "President George W. Bush hit his head on the side of the helicopter while boarding shortly after taking office"

    See... he is just like all the rest...

    Is this change we can believe in???

    LMAO... you have got to be kidding me CNN!

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  17. Wanda in Montana

    CNN, you're losing it. You've got Carol Costello calling President Obama's plans for stimulus "rhetoric" and "politics of fear" while talking to an obvious blathering buffoon. Now you're making a big deal out of a nothing bump on the head. When did you guys become just another offshoot of Faux News? Did Ruppert Murdoch buy you out recently?

    Why nothing on Michael Steele's nepotism and corruption? That seems slightly more newsworthy and definitely more interesting.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Sam

    Obama sneezed. Please make that a ticker. Thanks.

    February 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. John

    Be sure to let us know when he blows his nose...

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  20. JJ in FL

    ... CNN and the other major networks reported every time Bush fell of his Segway, mt bike, or choked on pretzels... I'm a liberal, and while I don't find reporting on either of these presidents particularly newsworthy, it does humanize both men.

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    This is news. Yes!!
    Some of you have fallen behind the times and still subscribe to the old, tired news traditions of the past. Today "news" qualfies also as entertainment, as there are too many mediums out there wanting your attention. You don't care? So?
    I didn't hear a lot of complaining regarding Michelle Obama stories about her being a fashion icon, where the Obama kids go to school, their search for a dog or the insipid fist bump. Besides, presidential accidents like these always make the news and always will – no change here.
    Plenty of "news" choices on CNN, why no go there instead of adding to the perception that the USA is a nation of whiners?

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Dee

    Not news – certainly. Unfortunately, most of those commeting about the uselessness of this news would be razzing the previous president without restraint under the same circumstances...

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. Diana

    I am an Obama Supporter...but seriously....does the media have to inform us of every little thing this guy does? I mean come on now!

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. brenda

    Mark in Indy... Thanks for the morning laugh.

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. BluesmokeStudio

    WELL???? Don't keep us all in suspense! What America REALLY needs to know is exactly what he had in his right-side front pocket as he bumped his head?!?! If it was a set of keys or maybe 43 cents in change that would be fine, but anything else might have hindered our national security, perhaps delayed the "national bailout" proceedings, or the unthinkable – if he had something like a broken wristwatch in his pocket that would have served to emboldened the terrorists!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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