Video: Obama Stops Press Conference for Sick, Fainting Woman, Calls His Doctor
A woman apparently fainted during a press conference with President Barack Obama on Friday afternoon, with Obama stopping the conference to assess what the commotion was.
“I’m sorry, what’s going on. Somebody’s not feeling good? Somebody want to go to my doctor’s office?” he asked.
Obama called on staffers to get his personal doctor to help the woman after several tense moments. He stopped the press conference to wait for medical assistance.
“There’s Doc Jackson. OK, doctor’s in the house,” when the doctor arrived.
It’s unclear who the woman was. Other reports indicated she is a journalist.
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) December 16, 2016
Interesting to watch a Presidential news conference live, and see how Obama handles an ill reporter (he paused and got them a doctor). pic.twitter.com/Z7y6T5dTT7
— Lance Walley (@lancewalley) December 16, 2016
Obama press conference interrupted when woman in the room gets sick. Obama called for his doctor to come and assist before continuing. pic.twitter.com/uAVI4bYW4n
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) December 16, 2016
The press conference was the last one Obama held for 2016 before he heads off for his family vacation in Hawaii.
Obama also said that everyone should be concerned about the level of cyber hacking that renders governments, businesses, and individuals vulnerable.
Obama added that Russian hacking during the election was not “some elaborate, complicated espionage scheme.” He noted the unsophisticated nature of what transpired concerns him and “it should concern all of us.”
The president then said episode underscores the “constant challenge” the nation faces with hacking that happens every day.
Obama commented on CIA assessments that Russia intervened to try to help Donald Trump win the presidential election.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.