April 28th, 2009
01:20 PM ET
5 years ago

Employee faints during Obama's FBI event

Obama got a big reaction at the FBI Tuesday.
Obama got a big reaction at the FBI Tuesday.

(CNN) – An offbeat campaign-year trend carried over into President Obama's White House tenure Tuesday: as he delivered remarks at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an overwhelmed audience member fainted away.

"Oop, did somebody faint," the president interrupted mid-sentence after a bureau employee collapsed. "Do we have a EMT here?"

The president said it wasn't the first time his speeches caused someone to pass out.

"This happened during my political campaign all the time," the president told the crowd. "I was talking too long, people would be falling out every which way. They are usually fine. They just need a little bit of air and a little bit of water."

Moments before the episode, FBI director Robert Muller handed President Obama two teddy bears for daughters Sasha and Malia along with a bureau t-shirt and baseball hat.

"I am grateful to the FBI for the t-shirts, the teddy bear for the girls. Even though we kept our promise on the dog I wouldn't want to come home empty handed," the president joked.


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soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Barbara - Atlanta

    To KLM: I too love my President!

    April 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. The Broker.

    FIB's Obama. So full of lies...

    April 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. David

    could one man sound anymore conceited than obama??? wow

    April 28, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. ray ray

    Obama's Presidency: 100 days... 100 speeches.

    The Teleprompter-in-Chief makes another speeech? Yawn....

    And you libs are probably up-in-arms over Fox not carrying his latest speech.

    April 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Nacho

    @ Tim: "What a stuck up piece of crap this man is."

    Have some respect for your President, "sir."

    April 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. gwen

    Hey Canadian4Hillary,
    WHy don't you read up on your news and then you will find out that is was your beloved republicans (Jindal, Jinny, whatever his name) that took the "pork" or should we say flu pandemic money out of the current budget. Can't have porky health concerns getting into our budgets... get a clue or go back to Canada.

    April 28, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. ConstantineXI

    Thank you Obama!!!
    Thank you for reckless and irresponsible spending beyond our wildest dreams!!!
    Thank you for demanding the AIG bonuses be protected in the stimulus bill.
    Thank you for approving 9,000 earmarks in the budget after saying you would not approve earmarks.
    YAY!!!!

    April 28, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Abby

    Some of up bitter people are chasing the moderates away. No one wants to stand next to you anymore and claim you anymore. Change your ways before your are a super minority, regional party. No one wants to be with the grumpy guy.

    Congratulations to Senator Specter for choosing the light.

    April 28, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. WhoCares?

    "Let's see, he promised to get a dog from the pound, but got a specially bred dog. That's keeping his promise? I can't wait to find out how he fulfills his tax -cut for 95% of Americans promise.

    More empty words from the Fool on the Hill."

    LOL..Serious? More pathetic by the moment. This is why only 21% of all AMERICANS consider themselves Republicans now.

    No one wants to live in fear and bitterness anymore. Well, at least most people don't.

    April 28, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Poteet

    I find it very cool that we have a president who is self-deprecating, and has a great sense of humor!

    April 28, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. J.P.

    Like waterboarding, the fainter probably just couldn't stand the torture of listening to Obama's teleprompter drone on with uhhhhs, and ummmmms, and errrrrrrs, and uhhhhhmmmmms.

    All hail the Teleprompter Jesus. Our lord and savior, the most high, Barry Soetoro Dunham, the first president to be known by multiple aliases.

    But this fainting is obviously George Bush's fault, right MSM?

    April 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. jacobs

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!

    April 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. David

    To dominican mama 4 Obama who said: "Obama '08, '12, and beyond if possible!"

    Honestly, what on earth are you talking about? Are you absolutely ignorant like the other sheeplike liberals who would kill their children if Obama said it would help pay the mortgage of some idiot who can't pay their own? "And beyond if possible"...what on earth does that even mean? Are you saying you would like obama to completely ignore the Constitution (he actually does this quiet often anyways) and just do whatever he wants. Think about what you say before you hit submit...you just sound like an idiot...

    April 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Veronica

    Looking good!!!!

    April 28, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  15. Babs

    To KLM and Barbara: I LOVE my president too!!!

    April 28, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    lol... I just love to read all you POOR POOR Republicans CRY!!!! You know EVERYTHING, of course. Uncle Dick and Bushy were GREAT!

    You sure do HATE our President..... Go ahead, Call him names! Tell us he's an idiot! Shout at the clouds!

    In case you didn't notice, people are RUNNING from the GOP. You people are as good as dead politically. Do us all a favor and work on being dead physically too.

    April 28, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Veronica

    To KLM,Barbara and Jacob...I also love my president!

    April 28, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  18. Leigh

    Hi folks,

    Love reading all the right wing zealots!! It's their exact mindless attacks and pure hatred of fellow Americans that drive people away from the Republican Party. Enjoy your very long future in the wilderness. Keep it up!!

    Thanks,

    Leigh

    April 28, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  19. DT

    I feel like falling asleep when he talks because he is boring, never says anything of substance, and drones on and on and on. I need a Red Bull and a good book if you expect me to stay awake during one of his speeches.
    --------------------------------

    Talkin about saying nothin of substance...you'd better point the finger at your own party first...

    April 28, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  20. bendo

    The best part is knowing the repugs have to see his policies get enacted and they cant do anything about it excpet tea-bag themselves! Life is good!

    April 28, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. ram11

    I love these blogs. If you don't like someone, you can take any story, no matter how happy or uplifting or inconsequential it may seem on the surface, and make the claim that whoever is involved is the moral equivalent of Adolf Hitler.

    Grow up, people. Let's have a little fun once in awhile. Criticize something that deserves ciriticizing. And calling the kids whining brats – that's pathetic. Get a life, Jon in CA.

    April 28, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Nichole

    @ Phoenix86: The Dog, "Bo" was a gift from Sen Ted Kennedy. The President did say he was going to get it from the pound...but wouldn't it be rude to turn down a gift? It was the right type of dog, because Malia has allergies AND it was a gift from Sen. Kennedy. It just made sense.

    April 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. J S Ragman

    To Mississippi Mike. If you find President Obama boring, maybe it is because you don't understand the english when it is spoken properly. Being from Mississippi, our former Clown President (Bush) was probably easier for you to understand.

    April 28, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Hey: Mississippi Mike -
    You can read ? WOW

    April 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. G NO P

    David April 28th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

    could one man sound anymore conceited than obama??? wow

    Well, let see... I seem to remember one man standing up there and telling everyone that he was the Decider.

    April 28, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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