As at White House press Secretary Josh Earnest’s first briefing Monday, his second one Tuesday concluded under odd circumstances as an intern in the midst her first day on the job fainted at the conclusion of the session.
I was on hand and saw it from the other side of the room. Just as Earnest was wrapping up his final question, she slowly began to wilt and fell to the floor. But she arose very soon afterward and was soon joshing good-humoredly about the event, although she still looked a little woozy.
While I’ve never seen anyone faint at a White House briefing, it’s not an unreasonable reaction.
I’d noticed her before and she looked fine earlier in the briefing, though she told the pool reporter that she had felt faint earlier in the day. She must have been standing quite a long time where she was, and perhaps given the nerves of her first day at the White House, something short-circuited.
She was rushed water and M&Ms by the White House press office. No further word on her condition.
Earnest Monday was impatiently quizzed by White House reporters about his answers as he tried to leave the podium.
You may remember that Earnest is not the first administration official to have an audience member faint on them during a White House event.