Water bottle.....woman fainting....Barack Obama: What do these three things have in common?
One of the embarrassing episodes of Rudy Giuliani's campaign was being interrupted in the middle of delivering a speech, by cell phone, supposedly from his wife. I say "supposedly", because this happened around 15 times, apparently. You see, the whole thing was staged to make Giuliani look...like a dotting husband, maybe? I don't know. All it did was deliver another torpedo to his presidential run.
Then of course, Hillary was caught planting questions in the audience. None of this is unique to just these two; but what it reminds us, is that they are first and foremost, politicians.
While on my drive to work, I heard the same Medved hour that this blogger did:
A radio talk show host uncovered the story and I heard it on Michael Medved today. Apparently, Barack Obama, in a variation of Groundhog Day (or James Brown), has a woman faint, asks for help, and then offers her a water bottle at most of his rallies. Kind of amazing, isn't it? I'm sure if somebody asked him and Barack Obama were honest, he'd say: "Yeah, chicks dig it."Mike's America mentioned about how Barack Obama's supporters behave as if they were attending a religious revival, or bearing witness to the Rapture.
Apparently, just like some televangelist laying on hands, Senator Barack Obama has a godlike effect upon some of his true believers....or does he?
The number of incidents where a woman in the front row faints at his campaign rallies, is suspect; as is the manner in which Barack Obama responds, as if it were a unique, first-time occurrence.
I will periodically update this post as I (or readers help me) find incidents on YouTube or newspaper articles on this. Here's one for starters:
Commenters on this YouTube link are saying they've found as many as 7different videos so far, of different campaign stops, with the same "woman fainting" sketch.
James Taranto at WSJ, citing James Vicevich, the Connecticut radio talk show host who seems to have broke the story:
- Montecito, Calif., Sept. 8, 2007. "A woman standing in front of the stage appeared to faint as Obama spoke about Iraq," the Associated Press reported. "The candidate paused and asked the crowd to make way for firefighters. One supporter shouted, 'You're a good man,' leaving Obama momentarily at a loss for words. 'Well, I'm not the only one stopping to help her,' he said, sounding almost embarrassed."
- Madison, Wis., Oct. 22, 2007. "This excitement mirrored the aura in the room that grew throughout his speech," reported WISN-TV. "Before the senator arrived, students were tossing around an inflatable cow above the crowd. Three people fainted in the midst of all the enthusiasm."
- Hanover, N.H., Jan. 8, 2008. "Barack Obama's first and only rally on election day came to a sudden and lengthy stop when a young woman in the Dartmouth College gym fainted, and was eventually rolled off on a gurney by emergency medical technicians," the Los Angeles Times reported. "At first Obama half-narrated the episode, saying soothing things like, 'She's OK,' 'She's talking.' But the longer she lay on the floor, the quieter Obama got, standing on the podium, arms folded, looking worried as the medical crew worked." Minneapolis's WCCO-TV has video showing Obama handing a bottle of water to the Dartmouth damsel in distress.
- Hartford, Conn., Feb. 4, 2008. "And when a woman appeared to faint in the standing-only VIP section in front of the podium, Obama paused his speech for over a minute as he directed the crowd to make way for an EMT team and tossed a bottle of water from the stage," reported the Yale Daily News.
- Seattle, Feb. 8, 2008. "Climate change, the Iraq war and Obama tossing a bottle of water to a woman about to faint all received big cheers," MSNBC.com reported. "As Obama told the crowd to part so that the woman in question could leave and called for help, a young girl in the crowd shouted out, 'What a man!' The audience roared with laughter (although the press that has seen this happen before rolled its eyes)."
Updates will be found at my cross-post, Flopping Aces
Hat tip: The Michael Medved Show.