October 21st, 2013
02:24 PM ET
10 months ago

Woman nearly faints behind Obama on stage

Updated 2:44 p.m. ET, 10/21/2013

(CNN) - As President Barack Obama was promoting the Affordable Care Act on Monday, a woman standing with him on stage nearly passed out.

Karmel Allison, a Type 1 diabetic from San Diego, was standing almost directly behind the President as he gave his remarks in the Rose Garden. She got wobbly at one point and others standing around her began to help.

The president then paused to turn around, and Allison started to fall backwards. The person behind her broke her fall, while Obama also reached out to support her.

"I got ya," he said. "You're OK."

Turning back to the audience, Obama joked: "This happens when I talk too long."

An aide came on stage to escort Allison away from the podium.

A few hours later, Allison told CNN's Brooke Baldwin she was "feeling much better now."

"I'm 20 weeks pregnant at this point and I hadn't had that much to drink that morning because I was worried about possibly needing to go to the bathroom during the speech," she said in a phone interview on "Newsroom." "And as the sun hit me, I got a little lightheaded."

Allison said she was treated by the White House physician. "Now I get to say that ACA got me care by the White House medical professional," she joked.

Allison, who represented the American Diabetes Association, was at the event because she said she had a positive experience while researching options under Obamacare, according to a White House description.

"It was an honor to be there and I'm rather sorry I fainted in the middle of the speech, but I was really happy to be able to be on stage at that moment," she said.

– CNN's Sarah Baker and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • President Obama • White House
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    A positive story about the ACA. Yet there are those who will bash this woman (how dare she do this) support the president and get sick what an awful person she is.

    October 21, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    I love this man!! I'm glad she's alright and it's nice to see a nice story about the ACA.

    Best POTUS EVER!!

    October 21, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. teaparty days are numbered

    If that were a Teaparty member his first words to her would have been, Sorry your on your own!

    October 21, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    You're so right Woman in California...... Let the bashing begin. I think I'll start them out.....

    It was staged to make Obama and the ACA look good.

    October 21, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Malory Archer

    Woman In California

    A positive story about the ACA. Yet there are those who will bash this woman (how dare she do this) support the president and get sick what an awful person she is.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Of course they will, but IMO, the teabag toddlers will accuse her and President Obama of "staging" the episode.

    October 21, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. just saying

    she fainted shortly after she saw the actual cost of her 'free' healthcare. hope she has enough cash to cover that $5000 deductible!

    October 21, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. This does NOT bode well

    Well, if this isn't a bad omen what is? Obamacare and Obama has become synonymous with disaster, failure and calamity. Obama, Obamacare, and now the country has been cursed.

    October 21, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "others are subsidizing and paying for the healthcare of others"

    Yes, that's the very essence of how insurance works, champ.

    October 21, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "she fainted shortly after she saw the actual cost of her 'free' healthcare. hope she has enough cash to cover that $5000 deductible!"

    Nobody ever claimed it was "free," so you can jam that silly straw man canard where the sun don't shine.

    October 21, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Well, if this isn't a bad omen what is?"

    Nothing. Omens don't exist.

    October 21, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "If that were a Teaparty member his first words to her would have been, Sorry your on your own!"

    Right, because the first thing that happens when Obama is addressing a Teatroll is that he starts spewing GOP/Teatroll policy.

    October 21, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would've made sure I fainted right INTO him!!
    Help! Help Mr. President! Oh! Oh my! Ooooooh! Swoosh! Splat!
    LMAO!

    October 21, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nope! No tilting to the side for my fainting behind!
    He would've been wearing me like Superman's cape!!
    LOL!
    (I'm gald she's okay).

    October 21, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. TONE

    @this does not bode well
    Can you name anything good that the Gop did for this country lately let me answer nothing. So why don't you stfu.

    October 21, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. ST

    What for coincidence that this woman came to understand that ACA is very important to her BUT also to other people as well. Once a person gets it, it is for ever and thats a time when ACA plays its role more than ever to these kind of people. Can anyone come to think these people can say NO to Obamacare???

    October 21, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!

    You're so right Woman in California...... Let the bashing begin. I think I'll start them out.....
    -------------------------------------------------
    Naw girlfriend. The way you deal with their ridiculous bashing is like this:
    The ONLY time THIS President hasn't looked good is when he wore those mama jeans to throw out the first pitch for the Nationals.......and oh yeah, those golf shorts have got to go.
    Other than that he needs NO help in the looking good, sounding good, and doing good department.
    But we thank you for your "support" Teatards.

    October 21, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would have fainted right on top of him and flattened him like a pancake cuz I weigh 450 pounds!

    October 21, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    @ just saying, still out busy spreading your lies? Like the ones that implied that taxpayers would only now be paying for other people's healthcare? Got new for you, under the system you thought was so wonderful, we already were. Anyone could get access to healthcare, just not the insurance to help pay for it, hence ther eason why premiums went up every year.. As usual, you break out your violin a desperate plea to get sympathy while lying through your teeth about what most people have actually had to go through because its more important for you to keep repeating the Goebbels-style lies than it is for you admit that things were screed up under the old system, and it took a Democrat to implement the Heritage Foundation's baby. A nice market-based solution that the GOP never h

    October 21, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -@ just saying, still out busy spreading your lies? Like the ones that implied that taxpayers would only now be paying for other people's healthcare? Got new for you, under the system you thought was so wonderful, we already were. Anyone could get access to healthcare, just not the insurance to help pay for it, hence ther eason why premiums went up every year.. As usual, you break out your violin a desperate plea to get sympathy while lying through your teeth about what most people have actually had to go through because its more important for you to keep repeating the Goebbels-style lies than it is for you admit that things were screed up under the old system, and it took a Democrat to implement the Heritage Foundation's baby. A nice market-based solution that the GOP never had any intention of implementing because it would ahve required looking the insurance companies square in the eyes and telling them they had to take people. I guess you mistake what is good for Insurance companies with what is good for the country, although why you would identify with the insurance companies and not real people is baffling. Btw, you're not the only person in this country that works.

    October 21, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. just saying

    Sniffit
    "she fainted shortly after she saw the actual cost of her 'free' healthcare. hope she has enough cash to cover that $5000 deductible!"
    --
    Nobody ever claimed it was "free," so you can jam that silly straw man canard where the sun don't shine.
    -–

    but it is free to many. fully paid for by the government. tax credits will be used as a welfare system to redistribute the tax money from payers to free loaders.

    October 21, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I would have fainted right on top of him and flattened him like a pancake cuz I weigh 450 pounds
    -------------------------------------------------
    We have a troll in our midst folks.
    You'd think with all the money these fake posters are getting from Fox and the Koch brothers they could afford to PAY someone to think up an original moniker for them.
    BTW babe: I work hard at staying fit and fabulous!

    October 21, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Driver

    Did obamas little puppet pay her $6300.00 deductible before the doctor treated her????

    October 21, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. the hippies were right

    Lady standing behind Obama faints. Hmmm, maybe there's a cover-up. Does anyone know what Obama had for breakfast this morning?

    October 21, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    @Wake Up, Malory Archer and DM4O

    The truth is, the TPublicans are feeling kind of empty right now due to all the bile they flushed out on the American taxpayers over the last few weeks. Look for them to somehow create a new "Frankenstein" just to keep the hated juices flowing. For many, this situation will open the laboratory doors.

    October 21, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    Love it Dominican Mama!!

    October 21, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
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