SAN JOSE, Calif. - When President Obama stepped up to the podium this morning, the cameras were rolling, the stage was perfectly set and reporters were eagerly awaiting his remarks on health care. But something was missing.
"There's only one problem, and that is that my remarks are not sitting here," Obama said, as he looked at the barren podium. "People!
"By Friday afternoon, things can get a little challenged," he quipped.
White House staffers frantically scanned the room and reporters chuckled as the president waited … and waited.
"People!" Obama shouted again.
A shaken staffer finally emerged with the remarks, tripping as he rushed onto the stage to deliver them to the president.
"Oh, goodness," Obama said. "Folks are sweating back there right now."