Obama Causes Fainting Spell at FBI

Apr 28, 2009 2:53pm

While President Obama was speaking to federal employees at the FBI’s Washington, D.C., headquarters today, someone in the crowd fainted.

"Did somebody faint," the President asked mid-speech. "Do we have a EMT here?"

Obama dutifully pointed out the collapsed employee to paramedics and asked members of the audience to give him some space. As medics reached the employee, the President joked that fainting episodes were common during his 2008 campaign.

"This happened during my political campaign all the time," Obama said with a smile. "I was talking too long, people would be falling out every which way. They’re usually fine. They just need a little bit of air and a little bit of water."

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