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Obama Appears Sleepy, Chews Nicorette at Prayer Breakfast

President Obama appeared exceedingly sleepy at the annual National Prayer Breakfast today, looking like he was having trouble staying awake as others spoke and delivering his own remarks ponderously, with heavy eyelids and a tired visage.

Screen shot of Obama at the prayer breakfast this morning.
Screen shot of President Obama at the prayer breakfast this morning.

Obama, who rarely holds a publicly announced event before 10:00 am and is known to be a nighthawk, was forced to show up at the breakfast at 7:55 am.

While listening to the warmup speakers, the president’s eyes were frequently downcast, he appeared drawn, and he was chewing gum, presumably the Nicorette he is known to use to satisfy his nicotine addiction without smoking. He occasionally brushed a finger onto an eye, as if trying to remove morning crust or wetness. He sometimes seemed to miss his cues to laugh or smile politely at jokes.

Obama appeared to labor particularly hard to stay awake while opera singer Andrea Bocelli performed a dirge-like classical song accompanied only by piano.

The president perked up a bit during the keynote address by pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, who spoke of his rise from poverty and the need for better education in America – though Obama appeared to begin getting sleepy again when Carson started promoting a flat tax.

UPDATE: Here’s a bit of video from Obama’s performance. Notice he comes alive a bit toward the end, though in a kind of petulant way.

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277 Responses to Obama Appears Sleepy, Chews Nicorette at Prayer Breakfast

  1. I thought there was no inflation:
    “Hourly pay for American workers rose 2.4% in the fourth quarter, but adjusted for inflation, wages only increased 0.3%. And inflation-adjusted wages actually fell 0.4% for the full year, following a 0.5% decline in 2011.”

      • Don’t you know that everything changes when a Democrat takes office? For another example, have you noticed that “the plight of the homeless” has suddenly disappeared from the media? You’d think that despite record long-term unemployment, EVERYBODY now has a home.

        • Not to mention gas prices. Bush was constantly attacked for gas at under $2/gal. He even was accused of ‘manipulating’ the market when it would go DOWN! The flat-out bias is unreal.

        • The only homeless we hear about now are the people
          who lost their homes during the Sandy storm.
          They are still out of luck in Staten Island
          and parts of NJ.

      • Obama is acting like the president for unelected officials who staged a Coup and are using the office of presidency to take down commie-unity organizers at all expense to us, our economy, our quality of life, and our Constitution. We have no president, just a state of total tyranny with the State department using the media and online commenting for propaganda purposes. Search Sarah Palin’s dirty little secret for the BIGGEST cover up in world history before it disappears forever.

  2. With his history of arrested development wouldn’t doubt if he sneaked out of bed after Mooch tucked him in last night. Probably stayed up too late playing drone wars. Don’t be surprised if he changes the National Prayer Breakfast to the National Prayer Brunch next year…

  3. Those heavy eyelids are apparent in almost every picture of Teh Won. I would submit to you that they are not the result of lack of sleep but more likely an effect of too much choom.

      • No disrespect but how do you know your eyes do not look heavy lidded…perhaps you should ask soneone who does not smoke the stuff every day to verify your self perception.

        • Well, I’ve been looking at myself in the mirror for 59 years, and smoking weed for 38 of those years, so I think I would know if I look stoned or not. Plus, I only smoke at home, never went to work stoned in my entire life, and am a responsible, home-owning, tax paying citizen. Pot should be legalized, it is far more beneficial than harmful.

  4. They must have been reading from the Bible. Had it been the Koran, he would have been wide awake. Either that or he was worn out from planning his next vacation and having to take a detour around MIchelle’s butt

  5. Nicorettes don’t do anything for the crack demons Barack is dealing with. Sadly, “enthusiastic” drug abuse results in brain damage among the youth who do it. We are suffering for his indiscretions.

  6. It just pissed me off and still does when the looney left would make nasty comments about President Bush and his family. I don’t mind critisim of a presidents political agenda, decisions or leadership action. However it left were crude, disrepectful and showed their evil dark nature and still do. Yet the people who do the same with President Obama falls in the same group. Yes I believe his leadership could very well destroy this country. But who do we want to lead this country? No one who come from the filthy mouths who attack from the right or left. We are screwed…

  7. Keith, your observations are right on the mark. I vividly recall Obama’s shockingly somnobulistic performance at last year’s Prayer Breakfast – remarking to myself that the guy can’t function when he has to get his lazy butt out of bed before 10:00 a.m. He almost had to be propped up in his chair. I suspect there is more to it, i.e. drugs/alcohol. He was borderline incoherent.

    It’s too bad the 3 Presidential debates weren’t held at 9:00 in the morning. We would be looking at President Romney.

    • It didn’t matter, and it wouldn’t matter if the debates were held at 9 a.m. Romney won the debates, and Romney would win the debates at 9 a.m. and the media would still not give him the wins or would still say that they no longer mattered. Phew! I hope my English is right.

  8. Every one has one of thoise mornings. Since the m,edia is always sitting at the hanmd of opbama to get a photo one wonders if he isd followed into the WH bathroom. On the other hand the idea of a Christian Prayer may bore him. He may speak to the God he knows like a brother and co-God…………… It is intersting how photographed the President is….. JFK was less phoptographed only because the state of the art was almost still in the “Graflex” stage.

  9. Things are not going all his way and he’s p.o.’d. Maybe he thinks he will get sympathy for being the poor tired, ‘overworked’ preezy.

  10. The little i saw of BHONGO at the prayer breakfast , he seemed tptally uninterested and “BORED”… However hos Spouse was GORGING mightily as usual….

  11. Fuck you you fucking fuck.

    Fuck your bullshit hack job article. Since he’s the president there’s absolutely no way he was up working late on something important. No, you’re right better to get some sleep before listening to a bunch of people go on about their sky wizard.

  12. obama was sleepy – Kerry was yawning uncontrollably.

    One wonders what world event kept the potus and SecState awake such that they made public spectacles of themselves. Korea? Iran? Another consulate attacked in a forgotten corner of the world?

  13. What a waste of time the National Prayer Breakfast is.

    Here we are, a modern 21st century republic, spending a perfectly good morning officially acknowledging the practice of murmuring under one’s breath to a being that, across faith groups and superstitious belief systems, does not exist and never has.

    I’d fall asleep, too.

    • “…does not exist and never has.” Why are we talking about a silly little article on Obama’s sleep habits when apparently you have definitive evidence that God does not exist and never has? That changes everything, my friend! I mean, that’s the story of the Millennium; hell, the story of all time! And don’t give me, “No, you prove to me that God exists.” Nope, sorry, you’re gonna own your own crap on this one: Prove your assertion, you fool!

      • There is exactly equal evidence for god as there is for the existence of invisible fairies underneath my garden.

        When a proposition is advanced for which evidence is either nonexistent or manifest wishful thinking, then the proposition can be safely discarded, until such time as convincing evidence might materialize.

        None yet.

        • Did you even bother reading my post? I predicted (correctly) that you would attempt to deflect and place the onus on me to prove there is a God, instead of defending with evidence your claim that God “does not exist and never has.” Sorry. You made your bed, and now you get to lie on it, or this conversation goes no further. My fellow posters and I want definitive evidence that God “does not exist and never has.” You wrote it. Now defend it!

          Come on, let’s have it. Or could it be that you are advancing a proposition for which evidence is either nonexistent or manifest wishful thinking? Hmm?

    • Wow….had to look this one up. Your user-id name tells a lot about you. But given what I found out, I fail to see how you can possibly be jolly.

      “A nihilist is a person who believes that there is no purpose for human existence.
      They also believe that morals do not exist and no one can hold anyone else to
      perceived morals.

      ni•hil•ism:
      1. total rejection of established laws and institutions.
      2. anarchy, terrorism, or other revolutionary activity.
      3. total and absolute destructiveness, especially toward the world at large and including oneself: the power-mad nihilism that marked Hitler’s last years.
      4. Philosophy .
      a. an extreme form of skepticism: the denial of all real existence or the possibility of an objective basis for truth.
      b. nothingness or nonexistence.
      5. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) the principles of a Russian revolutionary group, active in the latter half of the 19th century, holding that existing social and political institutions must be destroyed in order to clear the way for a new state of society and employing extreme measures, including terrorism and assassination. “

        • @ any thought or theroy you may have.

          @ any thought or theory you may have.

          How did you come up with this if you believe in no basis of truth? Do you believe anything you say have any bearing on anything? Your arguments and comments itself conflict with your beliefs.

          FYI, Jesus died for your sins… you only have to acknowledge this and you will be truly free. If you truly confess this, the Holy Sprit will change you. Don’t be scared to try. Otherwise you will continue to live in your own lies…. if you believe in lies.

          • Nihilism is habitually misunderstood, including, evidently, by you.

            Think of it this way: Science and human reasoning can tell us what things are. Science can answer “is” questions. What IS the age of the Earth? What IS the speed of light in a vacuum? What IS the result of mixing two chemicals? We can know these answers.

            Science cannot answer “should” or “ought” questions, because they are predicated on value judgments and subjective feelings. Nihilists reject moral truth, because nihilists recognize moral truth is predicated on subjective, ultimately arbitrary, values.

            Instead of proselytizing to me, have you recently considered the possibility of abandoning religion and, instead, embracing secular rationalism?

          • I abandoned religion, and even Jesus (because they are different if you did not know). As a matter of fact for the first 22 years of my life I have tried your rationale and it doesn’t make sense. According to your explanation, a thought is subjective, therefore has no value because there is no moral truth. What is science without “shoulds” or “oughts”? In this very instance we would not be able to come up with any hypothesis to test. I do not refute science, it does as you had explained, but it is not the all encompassing aspect of human life.

            Point being, how can there be human reasoning if there is no basis of truth? You contradict yourself, sir. Also, when you look at what man has uncovered to date in regards to the Universe, I’m pretty sure science in itself can solve this puzzle.

            Oh, when were we able to date the earth with 100% accuracy? LOL. Without 100% consistent accuracy you still have your hypothesis in which it is still not true.

          • The “contraction” you attempt to identify is an illusory one, borne of your misapprehension.

            The universe exists in a particular way and, as such, it can be interrogated by science. We can learn objective, genuine facts about the universe by applying the scientific method and human reasoning. Answering those “is” questions (as I mentioned), which involve no value judgments.

            “Ought” and “should” questions are categorically different. They seek to be universally prescriptive, and universally prescriptive conclusions cannot be drawn from merely interrogating the natural world. Human A doing Action B to Human C is a factual observation, but saying “Human A should not do Action B to Human C” is to make a value judgment, which, at root, is doomed to being subjective and arbitrary. All values are subjective and arbitrary.

            If you find peace and meaning in religion, fine. It does not, however, make it rational, true or fundamentally justifiable.

          • What happens if everyone rejected moral truth like yourself? In any aspect, it is hard to take someone seriously when they reject moral truth yet must live it day by day. This is seen as denial. The good thing is you understand there is moral truth. What you seem to not understand is that you live each day making decisions based on it.

            I will try to break it down as you did:
            Process A= Science and it’s rules (as it seems you are very knowlegable on).
            Process B= Moral Truth (you acknowlege it but reject it)

            These are two diffrent processes but must work hand in hand. Your in denial one affects the other. Your not a robot as much as you would like to be one.

          • I think you continue to misunderstand me, because I do not, in any way, “understand there is moral truth,” nor do I live as though there were.

            Again, as I say, any value judgment, at root, is doomed to being subjective and arbitrary. ALL values are subjective and arbitrary. That means all moral principles are subjective and arbitrary, inasmuch as they are predicated on value judgments.

            I have moral opinions, and you have moral opinions. None is “more right” or “more wrong” than any other is. It’s like saying my preference for vanilla is “true,” whereas your preference for chocolate is “false.” These categorizations do not apply in the sphere of subjectivity. There literally fails to be a “truth” to be found.

          • Again, as I say, any value judgment, at root, is doomed to being subjective and arbitrary. ALL values are subjective and arbitrary. That means all moral principles are subjective and arbitrary, inasmuch as they are predicated on value judgments.

            I have moral opinions, and you have moral opinions. None is “more right” or “more wrong” than any other is. It’s like saying my preference for vanilla is “true,” whereas your preference for chocolate is “false.” These categorizations do not apply in the sphere of subjectivity.
            —-agree—-

            There literally fails to be a “truth” to be found.
            —-disagree—-
            How can science exsit without fundamental truths? The apple falls from the tree… the law of gravity. This is a truth and many more ideas can be tested because of it.

            Saying that, there has to be moral truth as well. Using your ice cream idea you elude to the realm that everyone is right (value judgement for a positive outcome). If everyone is right… then there would be no such thing as wrong. History has proven there is a wrong through consistant actions with the same negitive results.

            The truth has been given to us through the Holy Bible. It has withstood man’s critisizm though history.

            Good talk sir.

            Sorry about spelling.. in a hurry.

        • @ any thought or theory you may have.

          How did you come up with this if you believe in no basis of truth? Do you believe anything you say have any bearing on anything? Your arguments and comments itself conflict with your beliefs.

          FYI, Jesus died for your sins… you only have to acknowledge this and you will be truly free. If you truly confess this, the Holy Sprit will change you. Don’t be scared to try. Otherwise you will continue to live in your own lies…. if you believe in lies.

  14. I don’t think it’s possible to come up with a greater contrast than Dr Ben Carson and Obama. The former is a humble man of faith, of exceptional gifting and diligence, and respected for the content of his character. The latter is an average man, a narcissist worshiped primarily for the color of his skin. Dr Carson represents all that is right about this country; Obama, most everything that is wrong. How exceedingly sad that Obama slept his way through this rarest of opportunities and privileges to sit in the counsel of true wisdom. Sad, but not at all surprising.

    Readers, please do yourself a favor and watch “Healing Hands,” the inspiring story of Dr Carson. You will be blown away.

    • …can you imagine that 3am call?……..”Uh….Uh…Hello?”…….”Whew!, man that’s good!….now who’s this? and why are you interuppting us?”…….

  15. Ah, now the anti-theists will begin to crawl out from under their rocks. The joys of a Drudge link.

    For those that are here due to trolling for conservative view points, I hope that you will be able to act as adults, and refrain from making this tread a rant about “sky-gods”, Bush, how your mama didn’t breastfeed you or the like. Intelligent debate and discussion are always welcome, but some trolls like to simply disgorge their spleens on any site that is even mildly conservative.

    If you can’t talk nice, then be quiet and let the grown up talk.

  16. I’ll bet he hasn’t quit smoking . CNN had a big thing on Christi’s size this morning. Where were thr comements on Obama Smoking. None . If Bush were to preform at Obama did , it would be on every news frond page and all news cast,