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Intern Faints During White House Briefing

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.

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28 Responses to Intern Faints During White House Briefing

  1. Over on Weasel Zippers there is a video of the Congress singing We Shall Overcome with locked arms: Boehner and Dingy Harry, Pelosi, McConnell, Carl Levin leading the joint session, I guess. Does anyone know what that was all about? One person commented that in was in prayer that Chris McDaniels would lose today.

  2. Over on Weasel Zippers there is a video of the Congress singing We Shall Overcome with locked arms: Boehner and Dingy Harry, Pelosi, McConnell, Carl Levin leading the joint session, I guess. Does anyone know what that was all about? One person commented that in was in prayer that Chris McDaniels would lose today.

    This may be a duplicated comment, but it is not showing up.

  3. I’m sure I’d faint at a briefing if Earnest gave a complete, honest answer to any of the WH reporters, especially one of those pesky guys like James Rosen or Ed Henry.

  4. My last covert mission inside the press briefing room was most interesting in many ways. I discovered that the chair-sitters in the first row sucked up most of the oxygen so that some of us in the rows behind them grew faint or hallucinated we were part of a SNL skit.
    It was a most disconcerting experience and one not favorable to a return visit.
    Perhaps, the poor dear just fainted from the lack of oxygen or too much oxy. Or both.

  5. That earlier fainting pregnant woman looks fake. Notice the smile on the face of the woman to her right. When the pregnant gal starts falling back, smiley-face has her arm on pregnant-gal’s back but doesn’t look over at her in concern. She just smiles bigger.

    Then, how did Obama know what was happening directly behind him?

    After Obama turns around to save the damsel in distress, smiley-face is grinning ear to ear. Is she thinking “Oh dear, I wonder if that poor woman will be okay?” Or is she thinking “Mission accomplished! We got through the script and made Obama look like a hero”?