FBI gives warm and fuzzy welcome to Obama

April 28, 2009

The Obama effect was in full force again.

This time an appearance by President Barack Obama had G-Men fainting and the normally stoic director of the FBI handing out teddy bears.

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Shortly after Obama started a speech at FBI headquarters to employees gathered in an outdoor courtyard under the searing sun, at the point where he started reminiscing about the bureau “back in 1908,”  someone in the audience fainted.

“This happened during my political campaign all the time. I was talking too long, people would be falling out every which way,” Obama said to laughter.

We are told that the FBI employee who fainted during the speech was medically treated and will be just fine.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, who started in the  Bush administration, let his hair down a touch and gave the president teddy bears for his daughters.

Obama expressed gratitude “for the teddy bear for the girls — even though we’ve kept our promise on the dog, I wouldn’t want to come home empty-handed.”

And the president let out a Freudian slip showing that the marker of his first 100 days in office was on his mind. At one point in his speech, intending to refer to the FBI’s 100 YEARS, Obama said: “There’s much to celebrate from the FBI’s first 100 days.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque (Obama with teddy bears)

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