One of the human props at Obama’s speech today in the Rose Garden began to faint, bringing President Obama himself to her rescue.
The woman, Karmel Allison, is both pregnant and diabetic. She later tweeted, “I’m ok world- just got a little lightheaded.Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)” – which suggests to me that she may not be entirely over her unfortunate bout of lightheadedness.
She has health insurance, according to the White House, but is “researching” other lower-cost options in California that she can now buy even though she has a pre-existing condition, so she now is “finally feeling equal to others.”
Anyway, I hope she’s feeling better and she’s not too chagrined about nearly conking out in front of the president.
It’s not the worst of such moments that’s occurred.
There was a story when I covered Bill Clinton, which I remember hearing the White House confirm, that an individual from South Korea was shaking Clinton’s hand at an evening White House event when his pants suddenly plummeted to the floor. And – I don’t know if the South Koreans take the sartorial cues from the French, but – he was sans underwear.
Not that this was too shocking in the Clinton White House.