A pesky housefly that landed on the forehead of President Obama while he delivered a speech on Thursday in the White House's State Dining Room achieved what the political opposition has failed to achieve, make the president lose his cool under pressure.
President Obama was announcing nominees to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau when a persistently pesky fly that needs schooling in the importance of the office of President of the United States began buzzing around, and returning after the president had attempted to swat it several times.
The president, looking distracted and harassed, finally lost his cool when the fly landed on his forehead, nearly between his eyes. The president was saying, "And that’s why, today, I am nominating Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission [swipe] and Richard Cordray to continue leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [swipe]... We need cops on the beat to enforce the law [swipe]... This guy is bothering me here!"
He looked around at his staff, eliciting laughter. A job for the President's Secret Service details?
The insufferable pest having accomplished its mission against numero uno, then moved on to Cordray, who was also seen swiping at it.
The Daily Mail reports this is not the first time the President has been harassed by flies during a public event. In 2009 he killed a fly during an interview with CNBC at the White House (see video). As the fly buzzed around him in the middle of the interview, the president said "Get out of here," as he waved it away. When the persistent fly landed on his left forearm, Obama in a swift move smacked it dead, and made to resume the interview, saying, "Now, where were we?" But noticing the look of amusement on the anchor's face, he said: "That was pretty impressive, wasn't it? I got the sucker." At the risk of offending PETA, he then invited the cameras to get a close-up of the dead fly as congratulatory remarks came from the observers.
PETA reportedly sent him a Katcha Bug Humane Bug Catcher with PETA spokesman Bruce Friedrich, issuing a stern rebuke: "We believe that people, where they can be compassionate, should be, for all animals."
Daily Show's Jon Stewart later commented: "It's like he's got one of those fly Terminator targeting systems in his eyes."
Jon Fallon remarked admiringly:"That's some pretty impressive hand-eye coordination right there."
The latest fly may have taken revenge on behalf its fallen comrade, because The Fly Terminator missed his target this time.