Obama, Talking About Inability to Help People in Need, Is Unable to Help Person in Need

Midway through his discussion of America’s largely ineffective response to the Syrian crisis, President Obama found himself in the middle of another crisis—a reporter who had fallen ill, interrupting the press conference. “Can somebody help out, please?” he asked.

The press conference was interrupted for nearly two minutes while reporters scrambled toward the back of the room to aide the woman reporter, who appeared to have fainted. From his lectern, Obama offered advice—“Just give her a little room,” and, “The doctor will be here in a second.”

Eventually she was escorted out of the room, while Obama gave directions to the White House doctor’s office, which, incidentally, is located next to the Maps Room.

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“I cannot claim that we’ve been successful,” Obama said of Syria, “but I continue to believe it was the right approach, given what realistically we could get done.”

He also said that although it may not be apparent, the United States reacted swiftly to Putin’s alleged hacking by giving him a stern talking to. “I felt that the most effective way... was to talk to him directly, and to tell him to cut it out and there would be consequences if they didn’t.”

At least he’s consistent.

Former Gawker news editor

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There Wolf, There Castle

It’s been interesting watching Twitter after the press conference. All the reporters are talking about the Russia Hacks or the fainting episode or anything but the two solid minutes where Obama lambasted them for running with the hacked email narrative for 6 months then wondering why it was such a big deal.

Edit with quotes (Sorry for the caps- that’s how CSpan gives it)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I AM GOING TO LET ALL THE POLITICAL PUNDITS IN THIS TOWN HAVE A LONG DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ELECTION. IT WAS A FASCINATING ELECTION. I’M SURE THERE ARE GOING TO BE A LOT OF BOOKS WRITTEN ABOUT IT. I’VE SAID WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY GOING FORWARD RATHER THAN TRY TO PARS — PARSE EVERY ASPECT OF THE ELECTION. I COULDN’T BE PROUDER OF SECRETARY CLINTON. I THINK SHE WORKED TIRELESSLY ON BEHALF OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I DON’T THINK SHE WAS TREATED FAIRLY IN THE ELECTION.

.I AM FINDING IT A LITTLE CURIOUS THAT SOMEBODY IS ACTING SURPRISED THAT THIS LOOKED LIKE IT WAS DISADVANTAGING HILLARY CLINTON, BECAUSE YOU GUYS WROTE ABOUT IT ...