October 5th, 2010
09:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Presidential seal makes a thud

(CNN) - "Was that my…uhhh…oh goodness," President Obama said as he looked around at the front of the lectern.

When the presidential seal affixed to his lectern thudded to the floor mid-speech, Obama's serious tone at a business conference took a backseat to comedy for about a minute Tuesday night.

"That's alright. All of you know who I am," he said to laughter and applause.


"But I'm sure there's somebody back there that's really nervous right now, don't you think?" Obama joked. "They're sweating bullets back there right now."

The seal was picked up and taken backstage after Obama finished speaking about 15 minutes later.

The president was addressing the 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, DC.

–CNN's Bob Kovach contributed to this report.


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Pollwatcher

    Charismatic, charming, smooth, better than all your Republican favorites, we love you Mr. President!

    October 5, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  2. George of the jungle

    At least this president is smart funny and can think on his feet. Unlike some of the wing nuts that have been getting headlines lately. Really witches? Vote all repos out in November

    October 5, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. TOTUS FOR PRESIDENT

    Yes, we know exactly who you are, Obummer, yes we sure do!

    October 5, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  4. jules sand-perkins

    It was merely a sign from God, just in case Americans had failed to perceive Mr. Obama's presidency carefully.

    October 5, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  5. patrick

    The eagle on the presidential seal coudn't stand any more Obama lies, and tried his best to distance himself from Obama – Just like 80% of all Democrats in House and Senate races right now.

    October 5, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  6. Jason

    Gosh...he is so stupid!!!!

    October 5, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. Baby Boomer

    I like that the President knows how to laugh at these situations. He actually made 2 or 3 really funny comments when this happened. Made the situation pleasant and light hearted. What a welcome change to the daily bettings we get from the GOP...

    October 5, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Four and The Door

    I know who was back there sweating bullets: Union bosses, AMA officials, Heads of Wall Street Financial firms, banks, GM and Chrysler executives, the heads of Fanny Mae & Freddy Mac....all those people loving the generosity of this administration and knowing they would be struggling like the rest of us if it they were forced to make it on their own.

    October 6, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  9. Fed Up

    At least it wasn't his teleprompter. That would have been a real problem!

    October 6, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  10. c

    That was pretty cute. :)

    October 6, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  11. Doris

    Get used to not having the presidential seal, pal! Geez... what a moron – he was waiting for his telepropter to come up with a clever line cuz he couldn't improvise his way out of a paper bag!

    October 6, 2010 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  12. Corey

    lol how can a speech be made behind a blank podium?!!! OH NOESSS!

    October 6, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    By the way, in this picture I see no teleprompter. But I have often wondered why CNN in particular effectively criticise and demene Obama for his use of this device. The answer is that its use means he never so called misspeaks, and frankly I prefer a President who does not take that risk either domestically or internationally. I care about the content, logic, viability and credibilty of his message not whether he creates an opportunity for a miss speak you would jump on with delight, and ignore real content.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 6, 2010 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    How appropriate–Obama's entire presidency has been nothing but one enormous thud after another–and the biggest thud of all will be in November 2012.

    October 6, 2010 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  15. Marie MD

    That was funny and, yes, Mr. President we don't need a seal to know who you are and the good you trying to do for our country in spite of the rethugs.

    October 6, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  16. dont care what you Demoncrates say

    the falling of the seal was a message of the collapse of the b. Huesseni obama reign and the rebirth of We The People, rebellion is not far away and We The People shall end the b. Huesseni obama destruction of America.

    October 6, 2010 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  17. Right Leaning Independent

    Sort of like his approval rating – Falling Fast!!

    October 6, 2010 07:35 am at 7:35 am |