Obama the fly swatter strikes again

WASHINGTON Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:52am IST

A fly lands between the eyes of U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Larry Downing

A fly lands between the eyes of U.S. President Barack Obama while he speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, January 24, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Larry Downing

Related Topics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There was a buzz at the White House on Thursday when President Barack Obama announced the nomination of two top financial regulatory officials.

A large fly interrupted the president as he presented his picks to head the Securities and Exchange Commission and a watchdog for financial consumer products.

Under bright television lights, the fly darted around the president's head as he spoke in the White House's ornate State Dining Room, alighting briefly on the middle of his forehead.

"We need cops on the beat to enforce the law," the president said, speaking about SEC nominee Mary Jo White and Richard Cordray, who he renominated to continue as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Obama broke off to swat at the intruder, which flew away.

"This guy is bothering me here," Obama said, glaring at his staff.

The insect was luckier than a fly that harassed Obama in 2009 while taping a television interview.

"Get out of here," he said, before smacking and killing the fly. "I got the sucker," he said at the time. An animal rights group protested.

(Reporting by Mark Felsenthal, Editing by Alistair Bell and David Brunnstrom)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

WORLD SHOWCASE

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Russia criticises EU sanctions, raps US over Ukraine role.  Full Article 

Downed MH17

Downed MH17

Britain says highly likely MH17 shot down by Russian-supplied missile.  Full Article 

Keep 'Em Running

Keep 'Em Running

U.S. tells Pakistan: Do not let Haqqani fighters resettle.  Full Article 

Precarious Situation

Precarious Situation

United States pulls embassy staff from Libya after militia clashes in Tripoli.  Full Article 

Iraq Politics

Iraq Politics

Iraq's top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki - step aside.  Full Article 

Crackdown In China

Crackdown In China

China's Guangdong province removes over 850 'naked officials' from their posts.  Full Article 

Bus Restrictions

Bus Restrictions

China imposes airline-like restrictions on bus passengers in Xinjiang capital  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage