Petraeus spell: Five other political passouts
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:
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.)
| June 15, 2010; 2:23 PM ET
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