Obama v. The Fly: “I got the sucker”

By Caitlin Taylor

Jun 17, 2009 10:28am

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: President Obama sat down yesterday for two interviews to tee up his major announcement on the most sweeping financial regulatory reforms since the Great Depression. But what are cable newsies talking about from those interviews? An errant drysophila melangaster and the president’s killing thereof. During an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood in the East Room of the White House yesterday, Obama was defending his administration’s intervention approach to the financial crisis. But a pesky fly kept buzzing about, distracting him. The president paused in the middle of his answer, stared down the fly that had landed on his left hand and gave it a fatal slap. He got it. “Nice,” Harwood said. (Not the first time a member of the news media praised the president.) “Now, where were we?” Mr. Obama continued. “That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got it. I got the sucker.” According to one person in the room, after the cameras stopped rolling, Obama grabbed a napkin, scooped the fly off of its death bed on the East Room carpet and said, “I always pick up my own trash.” The fly had made his presence known before the start of an earlier interview with Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, but it did not interrupt the Q&A session.

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