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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 thoughts on “Obama Appears Sleepy, Chews Nicorette at Prayer Breakfast”

  1. Perhaps, Obummer could try and solve the homeless problem the same way he is trying to solve the problem of those without healthcare. He can mandate that all homeless people buy a home or they will be fined… According to his logic (or lack thereof) this should clearly solve the homeless problem in America…

  2. Obviously the poster hasn’t studied the president very much, because he did not appear tired, although that may have been the case understandably. The president appeared to just be in a calm simple state. The one thing that could lead someone to believe he was tired, is the little tears in the corner of his eyes, but that could have easily resulted from being tired and fighting back against yawning. I guess in the end, so what if he was, the man works probably harder then most in and outside of Washington, as it relates to the government.

  3. I hope you will take the time to read a couple of several sites that delve into the residual effects of marijuana. Google “residual effects of marijuana.”
    I believe you are addicted to a drug and you are indeed stoned at work.

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  11. Obama should try electronic cigarettes if the nicotine gum isn’t working. might help push the FDA into approving them as a nicotine cessation therapy, and help millions of people quit smoking.

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