President Obama caught a fainting woman during a speech on Monday, making what seemed a perfectly timed save as he spoke about his signature health care reform bill.
The woman, Karmel Allison, was standing behind Obama during his speech in the Rose Garden. As she grew faint, Obama stepped in to help prevent her from falling on stage.
“I got you, you’re OK,” the president said as he helped Allison.
After the president caught the fainting woman, he turned back to the cameras and quipped, “This happens when I talk too long.”
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. Obama was speaking about the problems with sign-ups on the new health care website that launched October 1. He had invited Allison to stand on stage as an example of the kind of person who has been helped by Obamacare.
Before the speech, the White House released this description of her:
“Karmel Allison was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was nine years old. She has stayed on the same insurance ever since, despite constantly rising costs, for fear she would not be able to find a plan that would cover her due to her pre-existing condition. Allison recently began researching her options on CoveredCA and has publically described her experience as finally feeling equal to others, including her young and healthy husband, when it comes to access to coverage.”
After the incident, the fainting woman thanked Obama and sent a tweet with another crucial detail about the incident.
I’m ok world- just got a little lightheaded.Thanks, @BarackObama for catching me! And good thing this pregnant diabetic is pregnant :)
— Karmel Allison (@karmel_a) October 21, 2013
In a blog post last week, Allison noted that she had been having problems with her blood sugar of late: “I’m going on nearly two decades as a diabetic now, but Friday night was a first for me, and one of the worst blood sugar nights I have ever had.”
Luckily, the president was there for the fainting woman to deliver his own personal brand of Obamacare.