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Petraeus spell: Five other political passouts

By Ed O'Keefe

We're very glad to hear that Gen. David Petraeus is feeling better after falling ill this morning (see above) during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

But the episode got us thinking about other political figures who fell ill due to a lack of sleep, food, water or nourishment...

George H. W. Bush faints in the lap of the Japanese prime minister in Jan. 1992:

(George W. Bush fainted in 2002 after choking on a pretzel.)

Then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey slurs his words and faints during a Nov. 2008 speech to the Federalist Society:

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher fainted during a speech in South America, one of several fainting spells:

Then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton fainted during a Feb. 2005 appearance in Upstate New York and joked about it later that day:

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A woman fainted during an April 2009 speech by President Obama at FBI headquarters. "This happened during my political campaign all the time," he said:

(Bill Clinton used to make them faint, too.)

By Ed O'Keefe  | June 15, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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Listening to McCain speak would make anyone fall

Posted by: BasicInstinct | June 15, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

BasicInstinct, mte

Posted by: dkp01 | June 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

The curse comes not without cause.

Each of these false Americans is dwelling outside of grace.

Posted by: iamerican | June 16, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

The curse comes not without cause. Petraeus, as he did by leaving the high explosives unguarded and unexploded on the road to Baghdad, later turned into IEDs killing thousands of Americans, demonstrates the absence of Grace he showed by ingratiating himself to the 9/11-committing Closet-Queen-in-Chief. Those bags under his eyes tell all. How did he get prostate cancer after marrying the Supe's beautiful daughter? Our troops, who named him "Betrayus," deserve better...and Bush must hang.

Posted by: iamerican | June 16, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Ah, death threats, the greatest pasttime of the auto-teabagger.

Posted by: seraphina21 | June 17, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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