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. Tom

    Please keep us informed of these important news items.

    February 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. Carl Allen

    This is the most ridiculous story I have ever read. I frankly do not care if my President hits his head on the side of a helicopter. He's human too, and has to make mistakes once in awhile. Would you report it if someone saw Obama accidentally step on an ant? Probably, because people like me would read it and tell themselves, "That's the most idiotic headline ever" then click on it. Way to go CNN, for feeding the stupidity of our society. Controversy sells, right?

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Steve

    where should we direct mailing bandages to?

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. CL OT

    Maybe that will knock some sense into him about the fear he is dishing out about the spending plan.

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. tag...

    poor obama.....hope it knocked a little sense into it!

    if that were bush.....the news media would crucify him by saying what a klutz he is

    because it was obama ....they say.....poor baby!

    makes me sick of the liberal everyday news media.....

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Tim

    This is news?

    Gee CNN, I hope you'll update me when he stubs his toes too.

    February 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. whatever

    This is about as newsworthy as President Obama having a bowel movement. Thank GOODNESS someone was able to catch it on camera. Slow news day?

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Drew

    I love Obama but...come on...seriously...this is news?

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. jaye

    He's just so cute!
    He can laugh at himself, and thats refreshing.
    I love that CNN often has lighthearted stories about President Obama and especially love the fun stories about his daughters.
    Our country needs smiles and laughter, and not so much gloom and doom.
    Thank you CNN!

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  10. Anonymous

    BFD

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  11. Eyes of Texas are Upon You

    The media needs to tell the truth about the spendulus package rather than reporting Nobama bumped his head. Hey, maybe that knocked some sense into him.

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  12. george in cali

    this not news...come on cnn...really?

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  13. rich

    Now this is just rediculous. The man bumps his head, and it's reported on. Let that sink in for a minute and hear how rediculous that sounds. And u guys get paid to report this kind of stuff? Amazing..just amazing.

    I would bet if the cameras catch Obama using the rest room, that will be reported to.

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  14. John M

    One of many bumps in the road for Comrade Obama so far

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. Jim in Fllorida

    C'mon CNN – this is news? Obama bumps head. It's OK, he's a Democrat, they bump their heads all the time. However, if it was a Republican I am sure it would be because of some deep dark medical condition .

    Give us all a break out here – stop gushing meaningless coverage on Obama – how about running the video of the latest terrorist web decapitation so your readers can see what these beloved terrorists actually do.

    Goodness.

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. KJ

    Whaddya know? Our president is human like the rest of us. I, for one, am glad of it. Go Obama!

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. dan

    If he didnt lose conciousness then how in the world is this news. Even the article says he "slightly" bumped his head. Really slow news day apparently.

    Of course cameras are going to record it, my guess as president he has a camera on him the vast majority of the time when he isnt in the private residence.

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. NEL E BELL

    AND WHAT DID HE LEARN FROM THIS, PERHAPS HE NEEDS TO TAKE IT A LITTLE SLOWER WHEN HE NEEDS TO GET EXPERIENCE IN NOT JUST GOING UP THE LADDER BUT, ALSO WHEN HE GETS TO THE "TOP STEP". DOES HE GET WHAT IS MEANT BY "HASTE MAKES WASTE" NOW!!!!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. garu

    Is there going to be an SNL actor out there brave enough to do some Obama prat-fall head bangs the way Chevy Chase did the Gerry Ford prat-falls? I suspect not. Thou shalt not mock the Lord Thy God!

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Robert

    What? No in depth report on how many times he went to the restroom today and what brand of toilet paper he uses? I'm curious, though, when is CNN (Clinton News Network) going to change their name to ONN?

    February 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Gene

    Is the next headline going to be "Obama's shoe was untied"?

    Seriously... these lame stories are getting ridiculous.

    February 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Crazy Cat Lady

    Jeez, CNN, can't we put aside these inane tidbits and get back to the most burning issue of the entire Obama administration?

    HAVE THEY PICKED A PUPPY YET?

    Priorities, people - priorities!

    February 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  23. Mike Mundy, Houston, TX

    OK, so George Bush wasn't the only "Idiot". I had better start to see jokes made of Obama's gaffes and goofs.

    February 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Give me a break – Don't you have anything better to report about?

    February 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. Truth is ...

    Had McCain done the same, the press would have been all over that claiming that he was too old!!!

    February 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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