Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Strange Powers 

Who is this magic man knocking supporters unconscious with a word, a gesture, a mere glance?

fainting rallies
by krs601

The LA Times reports on one of six recent fainting incidents at Obama campaign appearances:
Barack Obama's first and only rally on election day came to a sudden and lengthy stop when a young woman in the Dartmouth College gym fainted, and was eventually rolled off on a gurney by emergency medical technicians. At first Obama half-narrated the episode, saying soothing things like, 'She's OK,' 'She's talking.' But the longer she lay on the floor, the quieter Obama got, standing on the podium, arms folded, looking worried as the medical crew worked.
Worrisome enough are these reverse faith-healer powers. More troubling still is this snippet from the final soundbite in the video reel:
She's just feeling a little faint. She's fine. You probably didn't eat lunch. That's the problem.
A little research uncovers that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, then a candidate in a campaign event in Cambridge in 2006, spoke to an audience just after a woman fainted:
Young lady? You're feeling a little faint? I think she's fine... probably didn't eat lunch. Get her a sandwich... [pretzel]. That's the problem here.
This can't be good for Obama...


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