Obamacare truthers: Woman faked faint at Obama event today

A young woman nearly fainted at President Obama’s press event this morning at the White House to discuss the problems with the Obamacare exchange Web site, and to talk about some of the people who have already been helped by the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

But the rightwing is outraged.  They calling the woman a plant, and claim her fainting spell was planned in advance.

And that would be really bad, faking a story to advance your own partisan ideological agenda on Obamacare.

What kind of sick, deluded person would fake a story in order to trick the American people about the Affordable Care Act?

Oh yeah, this kind:

Sean-Hannity

The young woman’s name is Karmel Allison and she has diabetes. She tweeted after the event:

First, here’s a quick gif of the fainting, and the full video is below.  Then, some of the truther comments.

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And here are some of the truther comments:

by default 2013-10-21 at 1.33.38 PM by default 2013-10-21 at 1.34.03 PM by default 2013-10-21 at 1.34.13 PM obamacare-faint obamacare-faint-2

by-default-2013-10-21-at-1.57.50-PM by-default-2013-10-21-at-1.57.40-PM by-default-2013-10-21-at-1.57


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  • http://mixtapeministry.com/ Timothy Jones

    People clearly have nothing else to talk about. Fault finders.. live a life of finding (or attempting to find) fault.

  • NotTheOnlyOne

    That’s exactly how I see it. It’s ridicules to try and see it any other way. People faint all the time during weddings and the one’s next to them rarely realize they’re going down til they hit the floor. I fainted a while back while telling my grown daughter I felt really sick and she thought I was being silly with her til I went out with my eyes wide open falling straight back and hit the floor. Looks like the Reps are just going to run this into the ground….desperate.

  • Lucky

    !!I agree!! other people would get to her first before Obama

  • Gracie Bean

    Oh god… you people just dont get it. Nothing will be real. Get a life!

  • Jake Ingman

    it’s obvious the woman next to the fainter is trying to communicate to someone in the crowd that the lady is dizzy or about to faint, then Obama sees the reaction, the concern on people’s faces, and turns to see what the problem is, and the lady tilts back… at 10 seconds in she tells her friend, at 19 seconds she almost falls and the friend catches her… you’d have to be a paranoid Obama hater to think this was staged. I personally am not an Obama fan, didn’t vote for him either time, but I can’t stomach the insane lies the right tries to spread about him.

  • Bartley Burnside

    I wish she would have aborted that bastard child right there behind obamas ass!! This was staged you stupid f*cks!

  • smokey307

    If this were staged, it wouldn’t be staged where it was. That would be too dramatic. I am a diabetic and have suddenly become faint from low blood sugars. It has been my experience that I will say something to alert others just before falling. Several diabetic specialists say this is common. The President probably heard her and turned around. I believe the Republicans are more apt to lie and use manufactured incidents such as Bachmann’s speech, the Republican representative telling the NPS ranger to do her job and Cruz and Palin pushing through barriers to get WW II Memorial when they had called for the shut down. I suspect Texas legislatures are bought and paid for by the Heritage Foundation.

  • MCJ1212

    Spot on Danger! Piers is a “pawn’ for the NWO!!

  • UFIA

    Haha, Mr. 8 inches uncut. My first visit here.
    After that I became a regular AMERICAblog reader.

  • Danger McBacon

    Fake as a 3 dollar bill, and Obongos birth certificate. Why does the lady in red nod then nudge the mullatto that pretended to grow faint one second before she pretends? She was on Piers Morgan as well, that a-hole was run out of England as a known fraud and liar, the only people that go on his show are liars and POS’s, proof enough right there.

  • timmeh

    Think this was staged?
    Do everyone a favor…never ever vote…in fact..you may be better off in another country.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You have way too much time on your hands. Move out of your parents’ basement and find an apartment. That will give you something to do.

  • ConradCA

    If you want to see the real Obama you should read Thomas Sowell’s opinion piece “Phony in Chief” at townhall.com.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/2012/10/09/phony_in_chief/page/full

    Mr. Sowell tells about how in 2007 while running for President Senator Obama gave a speech to a largely black audience in New Orleans after Katrina. He complained to them that they weren’t getting the waiver to the Stafford Act that was given to NY after 9/11 and FL after hurricane Andrew. He said that it was because the federal government didn’t care about blacks.

    This was a lie and Senator Obama knew it. He knew it because he had voted against this waiver two weeks earlier and because it had been signed into law. He lied in order to make his audience angry with the government and to trick them into supporting him.

    This is the worst kind of lie and the same technique that the worst tyrants use to win political power. Tyrants that murdered millions of their “enemies” and destroyed their countries. How long will it take for Tyrant Obama to take the next step and open up concentration camps for his enemies?

  • ConradCA

    How is it that Obama is looking forwards and turns just in time to catch that lady? Look at the person behind her who prevented her from falling backwards but carefully didn’t grab a hold of her so that Obama could pretend to save her. Look how the lady to her right didn’t look at her, but Obama was able to do a 180 and grab her. Obama is a lying phony.

  • Mona

    isn’t it peculiar that EVERY video clip of this fraudulent moment is now mysteriously “unavailable” online? what a disgusting POS we have for a POTUS.

  • u1776s

    It really doesn’t matter if it is fake or not, she crashed just like the website. She’ll be easier to fix than 6 million lines of code.

  • DastiusKrazitauc

    You have way too much time on your hands.

  • Whitewitch

    I love my country – been here a long time…see this stuff come and go…craziness is always with us. I have a job, it is not responding to the likes of you – if that is what you are implying.

  • HoustonBaynes

    I am appalled. It looked like everyone but the President could see this girl was about to plank. He sure took his sweet time turning around and noticing what was unfolding inches away from him.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Seriously, you put that much effort into a post about nothing, and repeat it even, who is the diversion? Who is easily distracted by nonsense? Yes, if you love the country you know what is important… and it isn’t this. Nobody would have given a second thought to a pregnant diabetic lady having a brief fainting spell if it wasn’t for people like you drumming up a diversion from reality. Whitewitch has sound advice, seek help.

  • kirjnk

    If you love your country, you know whats more important. Traitor use deception tactics to divert citizens to focus on state. Hope you are doing your paid job.

  • Whitewitch

    Honey – please get some help….you are clearly over-reading into this very small story. It is quite sad that you could spend this much time focusing on something that is nothing to anyone and had none of the “evil” behind it that you read into it.

  • fedup

    *accepted, not excepted

  • fedup

    Why did Obama happen to be speaking about the fear of not being able to get insurance if you had preexisting conditions, right when the young lady started to faint? She was on Pierce Morgan last night talking about the fear she had of if she ever lost her insurance she may not get excepted on another plan because she was diabetic. And, if you watch the video over and over you see that he turned about before she even fell backwards. Also, the girl beside her never looked at her when she fell backwards. Who wouldn’t turn their eyes on a pregnant woman who is fainting. Just really looks like it was staged. But, a very bad staging job.

  • kirjnk

    Assuming you are right, the Left Lady in Maroon is already monitoring all the time and at the moment let go to pres.
    0.11 both ladies eyes connect
    0.19 LeftLady tryes to catch while Patient bicep contracts holding hand.
    0.20 Patient tries eye contact but LeftLady avoid eyecontact while still observing position.
    0.21 LeftLady truns away(pretends, not watching)
    0.22 LeftLady turns eyes,closes givig a go,
    0.23 Patient gets Ready2GO: Perforance to pretend fainting goes on
    Observe CAMERA FOCUS still on Patient, NOT on Pres.
    0.54 LeftLady spports patients back, just a little bit, while closing eyes (may be waiting for takeover)
    0.55 LeftLady looks at Pres (callig help via 6th sence?)
    0.56-57 LeftLady looks away from pres
    0.58 hero, pres looks at blind spot. Surprizing, even when pres looks @ ladies LeftLady pretends looking away while everying in non-blind spot(observing area)
    0.59-performance.

  • kirjnk

    * Best supporting actor/co-ordinator:LeftLady in Maroon, beside hero Best STAGED actor.
    * See camera “FOCUS”-on-Girl-Pres-is-out of focus.. any KG photographer knows, girl next to her hints/triggers but during patients performance triggers ignores and let her perform “The STAGED acting”
    0.11 both ladies eyes connect
    0.19 LeftLady tryes to catch while Patient bicep contracts holding hand.
    0.20 Patient tries eye contact but LeftLady avoid eyecontact while still observing position.
    0.21 LeftLady truns away(pretends, not watching)
    0.22 LeftLady turns eyes,closes givig a go,
    0.23 Patient gets Ready2GO: Perforance to pretend fainting goes on
    Observe CAMERA FOCUS still on Patient, NOT on Pres.
    0.54 LeftLady spports patients back, just a little bit, while closing eyes (may be waiting for takeover)
    0.55 LeftLady looks at Pres (callig help via 6th sence?)
    0.56-57 LeftLady looks away from pres
    0.58 hero, pres looks at blind spot. Surprizing, even when pres looks @ ladies LeftLady pretends looking away while everying in non-blind spot(observing area)
    0.59-performance.

    Pres is not alone, Just like many others musses he followed. Just google: “muslims stage fake”. They are following the 4 arabic words (1.Taqiyya(lie) 2.Tawriya, 3.Kitman Part true, 4.Muruna flexiblit(cameleon)). These 4 types of deceptions a MUST for NonMuslims to be aware : http://nickvanriel.wix.com/apostates-infidels#!four-arabic-words/c1oxj

    seems even at highest stage like president, musses do this in public then think about what he is doing to country behind doors.

    Other Mussies same story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpmFIWm1dWw

    Beware this cold be one of deception tactics, They will come silently when we don’t have a plan/expectations/sleeping, just as their ideal person did all unethical deeds(ref below)

    RootCause: BenchMark/BestPractices for Mommad followers (Well for others they called “atrocities” or beyond that) http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/WWMD.htm

  • pericles9

    The rightwingers know all about fainting; they’ve suffered from lack of oxygen to the brain for years.

  • Bgrngod

    It amazes me that rightwingers suddenly became experts on exactly what a “real” incident of having someone faint would really actually look like, and of course, their notion of what this would look like is completely different than what we see here.

    How totally convenient for them.

  • http://poodyheads.wordpress.com/ zorbear

    That’s not completely true. They’d be fairly happy if, (A) he’d stop being a Democrat, and (B) stop being so black…
    :-

  • Butch1

    They like to drive slowly by an accident and gawk whilst they slow everyone else down not caring that they do.

  • Butch1

    Exactly! They usually spot what they would have done themselves.

  • Butch1

    I think he saw the eyes in the audience watching them and wondered what the commotion was.

  • Butch1

    She knew she was ill a minute or so before she actually started to faint. She was trying to do everything she could to stay on her feet and not embarrass herself. There was no faking. How those right wing “authorities” could attack her and this president over that is typical of their hatred of him and what they think of her and anyone who is ill. These are uncaring people who do not think people should have any healthcare at all. Heartless, soulless and they deserve each other.

  • Butch1

    Some of their snide questions can be easily answered. He was watching the reaction of the people in front of him when their eyes were following the actions of the two ladies behind him. I would have looked as well when she was about to faint. There was no magic in the timing like some of those dolts were trying to make it seem.

    I’m not a fan of this president, but I do not look for things with which to try and bring him down. After five years they have not been able to create a scandal to bring him down in or invent one. Every day they hope something will come up. After this government shut down where they got as much as they could out of the Obama care debacle, FOX NOISE has gone back to the Bengaszi bologna and more Libya chatter to just keep the noise makers happy. They hope something else will happen in the interim. These folks are pathetic and will not be happy until Obama is out of office.

  • TIM

    i fainted when i saw my obamacare quote. 3 times higher than before,
    much less coverage and a hugh deductible .obamacare will kill the u.s. economy

  • BillFromDover

    Oh, c’mon, doesn’t everybody know that the invisible hand of faith-healing was just plastered upon her forehead thereby curing her diabetes?

    Why the fuck else would she teeter backwards on her heels rather than simply falling forwards and puking up all over that uppity negro’s suit?

    Anybody that can’t see the hand of God in this is DEFYING FUCKING REALITY, PEOPLE!!!!!!

    WsKe uP. cuz the end times are nigh.

    Why is it that oinkly me can SEE THIIS!!!!!?

  • Whitewitch

    I didn’t find it odd, and I liked your very last paragraph – well stated.

  • Whitewitch

    I imagine that people faint frequently at rallies, meetings and speeches by many candidates. Regular people (like you and me) often stand for hours waiting for the speaker and in that time get hungry, tired, and sometimes yes ill. I was at the Inauguration and waiting 17 hours (in the freezing cold) to watch the ceremony..can’t tell you how many people fell, got sick, got hungry, fainted, gave up waiting or how many ambulances came and went. So it happens…and it is NOT a huge deal like everyone is making it out to be.

  • Abra

    …another one?

  • lionhart32

    The Secret Service is watching everyone in the audience for strange behavior. President Obama is wearing an earpiece for his safety. As soon as the Secret Service saw the girl behind the President they told him in his earpiece and he turned around to steady her.

  • DastiusKrazitauc

    It’s not as if the President and the background people were all facing a blank void. There were people watching them from in front of the dais. They probably noticed what was happening and were pointing or reacting somehow indicating there was something wrong.

  • Scott Martini

    Was watching this in my local bar yesterday and the guy next to me said, “OMG, he just groped that woman.”

    I guess you see what you want to see.

  • Scott Martini

    Look at who his attention is on when he turns. Obama looks first to the guy behind her who probably said something that caught his attention and then steadies the girl behind him.

    I’ve seen a lot of people pass out in formation while I was in the Army. This didn’t look at all odd.

  • Nick

    Do people always faint at Obamas meeting? Has he used it before?

    http://youtu.be/snVOn1yEGfU

    Do they faint as frequent on other politicians meetings?

  • Benny Ace

    “Bush has been gone for 5 years now”

    Yes, and the Civil War has been gone for 148 years now. When are you going to move on from state’s rights, secession, and nullification?

  • pinnie

    whats that on her arm, when she turns around??

  • pinnie

    whats that on her arm, when she turns around???

  • JayRandal

    I find it odd that particular person was put directly behind the President. Her behavior was strange from very start of his speech. His turning around at exact moment of her nearly fainting was peculiar as well.
    If staged to happen how would it play for Obama? Young people can become ill too so buy insurance
    coverage? Obama and Democrats should have enacted single-payer healthcare reform. This lady
    would NOT have to worry about getting medicare care. She would present her citizen medical card to doctor or hospital ER for treatment with no other requirements. Like in Canada.

  • Haviva

    Also, it sounded like someone must have motioned to the President to let him know what was going on. He said “good catch” to not to someone else, not to himself!

  • Haviva

    There was obvious commotion going on behind the President, and someone who is always on high alert notices any odd movement. He certainly saw it out of his peripheral vision.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    That isn’t what I saw.

    I think you’re grasping at straws in an effort to support your bias. The woman in red looked like she was trying to comfort what she thought was simply a nervous woman right next to her. She didn’t exactly know that the situation was escalating. Furthermore, the woman in red was not looking directly at her. She didn’t quite grasp the whole situation because of that simple fact. She was smiling because that’s what you do when the President is speaking (unless it’s a solemn occasion, of course).

    Stop and think what you would do were you in that situation. You’re standing up there with the President in what is supposed to be a public presentation. You don’t want anything to go wrong, suddenly, it does. And then what do you do? Whoever was behind her appeared to be a lot more composed (perhaps he was used to this kind of a presentation), and helped to catch her as soon as he determined something was going wrong (which was when she began falling backward into him).

    You imply that the whole lot of them would have been perfectly happy to see her fall down for dramatic effect. Be realistic.

    We did not know just what others in the audience saw – there was no camera trained on them – but it’s sensible to think that some of them with a better vantage point saw what others to the side and in back of the fainting woman did not.. Some who were there have said that people in the audience drew the President’s attention to the fainting woman. They had the best viewpoint of the situation. People off to her sides did not. Once alerted, the President turned around to see what was going on, and instinctively grabbed her at about the same time as the guy behind her grabbed her.

    You’re looking for a conspiracy where there is none. Everything that I see is about what I would expect to see in such a situation. That’s what I have to say.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Ahhhh, that’s better.

    In Firefox, I installed one of the extensions that Becca mentioned. One can also turn off image animation by going to and editing about:config. It’s global when you do that. Otherwise, the extension only works on the current tab, you’d have to activate it on new tabs.

    In Opera, there is a checkbox in tools>preferences>advanced>content. Uncheck the box and the animation stops. Animated GIFs seem to slow down Opera more than Firefox, so that is a big help.

    Thanks to Becca for mentioning that. Made me do something about that annoyance. And now I have removed the blocks I had on ad.doubleclick.net, so now all of the ads come to me, which is good for John :)

  • hahahaha

    Just curious what people have to say.
    1. He turned around at the exact moment to catch her
    2. Only one other person attempted to catch her
    3. The woman in red had her arm slightly behind her and clearly knew she was falling but didnt even look at her to see what was happening she just looked away and tried not to smile.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Which one, the toenail one or the power meter one?

    I don’t like to block ads unless there’s something really bad/distracting about them. I know how the web economy works.

    I am going to use Becca’s solution she mentions above for Firefox. I’ll also hunt for something for Opera, the other browser I like to use. Then I can take off the block. I can tolerate/ignore the power meter one if it’s not looping. The toenail one doesn’t move or loop, it’s just a disgusting picture and I have actually covered that part of the screen with my hand until I can scroll past it. I’d like to have a talk with the person who thought that was a good idea. I’d straighten his/her ass out in a heartbeat.

  • TonyT

    Exactly. Classic case of projection.

  • ezpz

    $94 million was the starting price. It went up considerably. It’s in excess of $300, maybe $400 million by now:

    http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/21/technology/obamacare-website-contracts/

  • Dakotahgeo

    You mean “No balls”?

  • Dakotahgeo

    And these “truth” busters wonder why we don’t take them seriously or listen to them. Phooey on them!

  • Indigo

    They project their little schemes on others because their whole value system is faked.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Too true. Wasn’t there an incident during the 2012 campaign in which Obama shooks hands with a the proprietor of a restaurant, which then got bombarded with spiteful negative reviews on Yelp from vindictive right-wingers?

  • Beverly

    Not buying it not for a second….. “I gotcha” what a cliche…don’t insult the American public please…

    http://www.zazzle.com/starbucksfrapp

  • Qurk

    Rush calls her a slut in 4,3,2,1

  • Qurk

    Seemed obvious to any rational person that people in front of him were motioning to the president of the pending faint which was coming over her for a few minutes

  • Jake Stevens

    Well, we’re talking about Tea Partiers, obviously they won’t come up with something too logical, I’m just saying this seems like the more obvious direction for their craziness to take them, instead of going into a whole conspiracy about staged fainting.

  • Phillip Ochola

    well the ladys were talking to each other before she fainted.. that probably prompted him to look..

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Beware of geeks bearing gifs.

  • http://www.americablog.com/ Naja pallida

    Because people with affordable health care never faint? And by geeze, if you’re gonna faint, at least plan a better time!

  • KingCranky

    I’ll take your advice when the Bush Jr/Cheney lackeys, the GOP and teabaggers stop their attempts at historical revisions via the “but…..but…Clinton” whine, such as when it’s pointed out that Bush Jr & Cheney didn’t get bin Laden on their watch.

  • KingCranky

    One theory holds that Bush Jr launched the Iraq fiasco because Saddam Hussein wanted Bush Sr. assassinated.

    Another theory holds that Bush Jr launched the Iraq fiasco to show up his father-who always bailed him out of disastrous business decisions-by doing what Sr. refused, overthrow Saddam Hussein.

    I go with the second choice.

  • KingCranky

    As do spiteful ignorance, enthusiastic stupidity, easily-debunked hypocrisy and an absolute avoidance of logical consistency.

  • Loona_c

    They are so quick to accuse Obama of this, because it’s exactly what they would have done.

  • cole3244

    truthers huh, i think we need a better name for these ingrates, i would suggest one but we are in mixed company so i will hold my tongue.

  • Gif Maker

    Any of the above. Just play around with it and see if you like anything better. I played with this one and made the last frame 1.5 seconds and I thought it was a little better, (but feel free to disagree :) )

    What I find… um.. “confusing”, (for lack of a better term), with gifs is when it is playing at a quick pace it can be hard to focus on what is going on. I guess my brain has a better ability to process the information when there is a slight pause, or it runs a little slower.

    I did like the climate change gif, but I wanted to be able to see a little more detail as it moved along and I found it a little fast for that. The gifs I have done were mostly little animations I did from scratch, and I’ve found frame time made a HUGE difference in view-ability. I usually used the last frame for a long pause before running through it again and I frequently spent a lot of time changing the speed to see what worked best. Of course real video is a lot different from animations and it is harder to find a breaking point, not to mention it needs to be somewhat close to real time.

  • Bomer

    My grandmother is a diabetic and when her blood sugar crashes she goes completely out of her head. I actually had to call 911 for her once because she was completely out of it and flinging her arms around. It took 4 firemen to hold her down so the paramedic could give her a shot.

  • TheOriginalLiz

    They’re pissed because it would never occur to one of them to catch a fainting women. Not nearly macho enough – not like posing in a flight suit.

  • slappymagoo

    If anything, Republicans would get more serious traction arguing that the pregnant diabetic was “forced” to stand there as a prop, what kind of sick monster would do that to a pregnant woman, it’s lucky for him she didn’t faint and miscarriage, why does Obama hate the unborn WHYYYYYYYYYY?

  • Monoceros Forth

    Hm, that is a good one. Maybe we should distinguish between forms of stupidity. Perhaps Bush is a fool while Palin is a simpleton, or something like that.

  • LanceThruster

    All bow before Commander Codpiece!

  • Jake Stevens

    That is hilarious. And also it’s strange to me that they don’t go the more obvious direction with this: it doesn’t exactly make Obamacare look good that this woman is on it and is fainting in the middle of the Rose Garden.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    On the other hand, Nicho posted a brilliant comment the other day:

    Work is measured in joules.
    Force is measured in Newtons
    Frequency is measured in Hertz
    Stupidity is measured in Palins

    http://americablog.com/2013/10/budget-deal-thwarts-sarah-palins-secret-plan-impeach-pres-obama-2.html#comment-1084732992

  • ezpz

    Ewww… Guess my ad-blocker works, as I haven’t seen that ad.
    (Sorry, John.)

  • LanceThruster

    I’m sure that is exactly how I looked when I almost fainted in a dental urgent care line.

  • ezpz

    Since you asked, I’ll answer. I don’t like them. Plus, they seem to cause the site to load slowly and now, more than ever, it often crashes.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Entirely up to you, John. It’s your establishment here. ;-) Me, I’m just kind of glad this discussion prompted me to go looking for a gif-stopper add-on for Firefox. This isn’t the only site that uses animation I’d just as soon see a few times, then stop the looping.

    A couple months ago, those auto-paying Comedy Central embeds sent me looking for solutions to stop that, too. I enjoy solving problems.

  • ezpz

    Maybe that’s what’s causing the very slow loading and frequent crashing when I’m on this site.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Why? Because the Dubya and GOP supporters like yourself were silent through those years and only now accuse the Dems and Obama of doing — almost always baselessly — what the Republicans did. (It’s called ‘projection’, by the way.)

    It is at the core concept of “It’s OK If You Are a Republican” (IOKYAR). Bust the budgets with unfunded Medicare-D, two off the books wars, doubling the Defense budget, and cutting taxes for the rich — that’s all dandy. Fail during an ongoing Depression to clean up the last administration’s mess fast enough? Suddenly it’s a crisis.

    Worse, when we complained about the excesses, the endless lies, and the war crimes of the Bushies, we were called un-American traitors.

    Fact: Bush and the Republicans exploded the deficit and stood by while the economy tanked. Fact: The deficit has been shrinking steadily, and government spending has dropped massively, even though in a recessionary economy, it should not have been.

    Y’see, the difference here is most often when you folks criticize Obama, it’s never for anything he actually did, but some manufactured BS. I notice for example, you folks could bring up the drones and spying, but somehow never do — it’s always “Obamacare death panels” and “Obama’s spending like a drunken sailor.” Whereas when we bring up criticisms of Bush and his pack of corrupt war criminals and economic pirates, it’s because the accusations are true.

  • Monoceros Forth

    “Bush” is basically synonymous with “stupid”, the way that “savonarola” is synonymous with “religious fanatic” and “quisling” is synonymous with “traitor”. Discussing political stupidity without referring to Bush is like discussing Shakespeare without referring to Hamlet. It just can’t be done.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I’ve been trying to get rid of that damn ad, to no avail, for weeks now

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    I could easily make them look 10 tens or something and stop.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    You mean repeat the same frame twice, or give the last frame a 2 sec pause, or literally have a blank frame? I kind of like them when they look like they’re continuous, like the one about the climate changing over the year.

  • http://thechocolatecult.blogspot.com/ The Chocolate Priestess

    Actually if you watched it you could see that she was having problems and that the woman next to her moved closer, touched her, said something to her, and I’m sure Obama heard and felt movement behind him… I sure as heck can hear folks and feel then if they are behind me, sometimes better than when they are in front of me because I think my body is just more hyper sensitive possibly for safety reasons.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    In Internet Explorer, just hit Esc. If using Firefox or Chrome, there are add-ons you can get, although from what I’ve read, the Chrome ones are really kludgey. Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a way to stop animations in Safari.

  • sunflowerseed73

    Why is that every time Obama is criticized for something Bush has to be mentioned. Just because one did something stupid, doesn’t mean the other gets a free ticket to also do something stupid. And in case you haven’t noticed, Bush has been gone for 5 years now, you need to move on and start holding Obama responsible for his errors instead of giving him a free pass.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Love em….more, more!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    What? ya don’t love a paddle ball faint loop?

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Yup, that’s the guy. Must’ve been a mental block that kept me from remembering his name.

    Best.Mental.Block.Ever.

  • http://madisonleathersmith.com leathersmith

    frames yes, loops/repetitions no

  • TonyT

    Those ass*&les are going to come out of the woodwork and hassle this poor woman. I can already see the fake fox news producers ambushing her for interviews. Watch waht limpballs has to say about her.

  • mf_roe

    It amounts to a scenery malfunction, pregnant women shouldn’t be required to stand in a fixed position for very long, especially during periods of high emotional activity like back dropping the President. Just what would be the purpose of “staging” the incident? Seems like more “grasping at straws” on the Repugs part.

  • TonyT

    I saw a first hand account and the press in the front row were pointing her out to the President. You can see the lady next to her on her right is holding her hand.

  • TonyT

    I find the looping annoying. I know. I know. Part of the charm of an animated gif. I believe you can set the number of loops. perhaps just 1 or 2 would be less annoying.,

  • Gif Maker

    I like gifs, and have been making them for years. Most of the time what I’ve preferred to do is to make either a blank frame at the end with a longer time period so there is a pause between the action, or do the same with the first or last frame. I find it a little easier on the eyes.

  • Mary O’Grady

    This is what obsessive hatred looks like.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Animated GIFs don’t usually bother me but, like BeccaM below, sometimes I just have to get them off the screen. (Or, if it’s someone’s gawdawful animated avatar on Something Awful, block the image entirely.)

  • Whitewitch

    I don’t actually care much for looping gifs…they make me a little dizzy and I am quite dizzy enough without them….I don’t know why I don’t like them – I just really don’t….must be old age.

  • Whitewitch

    Learned the same thing in the army…don’t lock em unless you want to fall….

  • Monoceros Forth

    Oh, God, that guy! I had to look up his name: Jeff Gannon alias James Guckert.

  • maria

    John’s video gifs are okay. What I hate are endless loops of TV commercials that are loaded with violently shaking images and loud annoting sound. John has controlled them here but on other sites… Oy! I’ve already taken an oath never to buy another product from Nokia and Toyota (the two worst offenders).

  • keirmeister

    No…at least what I was taught, locking the knees cuts off circulation or something. You’re supposed to stand relaxed and not bend your knees in (as in the opposite direction, locking your legs in place). I’ve seen a few choir members, and even…a police officer I think?…plop over. I always figured it was from locking the knees, but I guess being a pregnant diabetic could play a factor too. ;)

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    It’s just me, but I don’t like animated gifs. The unending visual distraction makes me want to browse away from the page just to make it stop. Normally, I leave lots of tabs and browser windows open, but I can’t do it if there’s an animated gif running in one of them.

    I mean, for example, watching Marco Rubio lick his lips or gulp water is funny for the first 3-4 times, but then it gets kinda creepy.

    Hmm… I’m betting there’s a Firefox extension. Ah, there is. ‘Toggle Animated GIFs’. That’s better.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    And then there was the fake reporter he had for his press conferences. What was his name again? I know John did a number of stories on him a few years back.

  • http://www.newmillgay.com/ The_Fixer

    Since you asked…

    I hate ‘em. They slow down my browser, and it’s like listening to the “hook” of a song on a loop over and over.

    But that’s just me. Apparently, other people love them. They are the reason why I have blocked one ad-serving site that always has this animated GIF of a guy unplugging an electrical meter in fast motion. It advertises some Obama-hatin’ guy who is hawking alternative power sources that are designed to take one “off the grid”.

    But I can live with the occasional animated GIF. Buzzfeed really bothers me (and my browser), as they seem to do it all the time.

    Much more objectionable is the ad for a toenail fungus cure that features the grossest toenails I’ve ever seen. That needs to be outlawed, no reason for such nastiness, ever.

  • fletcher

    Sorry John. The video gifs are great. They drove home the point, spurring our comments on the woman and those ideologues who think it was staged for political purposes.

  • fletcher

    So right! My sister-in-law suffered a low blood sugar spell while walking through the lobby of what used to be called the First Chicago Tower in Chicago. She only issues a muffled sigh but three people ran to her aid and caught her before she thudded on the ground. People can hear such things. The good people will rush to help them. The bad people will grumble why they couldn’t faint elsewhere.

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Ok, and I get zero comments for the use of the animated gifs? Hello? :) I wanted to start using more video stuff on the site, and thought animated gifs could be interesting – I dont want to overwhelm the home page, as they tend to be much larger than a regular image file – but I do kind of like how they capture the moment. Thoughts?

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    In what sense, lock your knees? You mean, you should lean on one leg or the other>?

  • fletcher

    I think the wingnuts’ heads exploded long ago. How else can you explain Fox News contributor Manny Alverez claiming that the biggest problem in the U.S. is currently zombies? He blathers on that so many people are watching “The Walking Dead” that they believe the zombie apocalypse is coming, as if they can’t tell sci-fi entertainment from reality. Maybe Manny is one of those Thermians from the movie “Galaxy Quest” who thought episodes of a TV series were historical documents? Time for that ET to go home.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Then there’s the not impossible chance that, like for many when on TV or giving speeches, there may well have been a camera monitor pointed his way.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Ding ding ding! And there were many other, lesser known incidents of Lil’ Bush’s public appearances being carefully orchestrated, e.g. fake “town hall” meetings whose attendees were screened beforehand, diverting firefighters in New Orleans to stand behind Bush in a photo-op after the Katrina disaster, and so forth.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    He even glanced semi-back once as Ms. Allison was wobbling.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Yeah. If nothing else there must have been some stir and murmuring behind Pres. Obama’s back. Who wouldn’t turn around?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    “It’s always projection.”

    Proven true once again. Because the Republicans and their media lackeys would never stoop to creating a phony PR visual. Oh wait–

  • runfastandwin

    I love our President, with every word he speaks another wingnut head explodes.

  • Monoceros Forth

    I wonder if some of the right-wing thirst for accusing Pres. Obama of fakery stems from left-over uneasiness over how Junior Bush was something of an empty suit. The dubious legitimacy of his claim on the presidency in 2000 and his failure to get a popular majority must have rankled in the Republican breast. So, just turn that around and accuse Obama of even more flagrant cheating! It was a bit worrisome that Bush Jr. usually sounded like an inarticulate drunk when he spoke in public. So, just turn that around and turn Obama into the only politician ever who uses a TelePrompTer! (I guess Bush Jr. was just making it up as he went along or something?) Lil’ Bush’s public appearances were always outrageously stage-managed; the phony theatrics of the “Mission Accomplished” stunt still lingers in memory. Well, then, accuse Obama of planting actors in his audiences!

  • milli2

    You can see the woman on the left side of the screen holding her arm in back of the fainting woman – she was definitely aware something was going wrong for at least a minute before Obama turned around. The two women even exchanged words. I’m sure Obama heard what was going on.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I think I posted this earlier but if I paid $94 million for a website and it didn’t work I’d call up the company that built it and say I don’t care how much it costs you, fix the f**king site.

  • Quilla

    Exactly.

  • keirmeister

    Looking at the video, it’s clear President Obama reacted to a “disturbance” behind him. When you’re the president giving a speech, everyone behind you is SILENT. The poor lady was obviously trying to say something to the woman next to her…and at one point you see Obama almost turn around because of the disturbance.

  • ceu

    The woman also did some breathing exercises which may have been audible.

  • nicho

    Conservatives always accuse other people of doing what they do.

  • keirmeister

    First rule we learned in marching band (when you have to stand for long periods of time): don’t lock your knees.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Anyone who has ever had a low blood sugar incident recognizes what was happening. My husband always said that I got stupid when I had low blood sugar. He had to take care of me when that happened. Although, there was a time that he went to get a soda for me when my blood was getting low. He brought back a diet Coke. Apparently, my stupid was contagious.

  • DastiusKrazitauc

    Do these people even have a reality? Fantasy and paranoia must control every aspect of their lives.

  • BarbinDC

    I have fainted before and I sure know how it feels. When she started to breathe through her mouth, I knew she was soon going to be a goner. Clearly, the lady next to her was aware of her distress and held her hand and put an arm around her back. She was obviously saying something to the young woman, which caused the Prez to turn around. Haters gonna hate.

  • 2patricius2

    “Truthers”? These people should be called what they are – liars and fakers.

  • Whitewitch

    As to the “why did he turn around” comment…to me it is quite clear that the woman was speaking to the lady next to her (more than once) while he was talking and he turned around to see what was up…yes some men actually do hear women when they speak – that alone might be quite amazing to the likes of Republicans.

  • MichaelS

    These same truthers are probably saying right now that today’s school shooting was staged…
    Bastards, all

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