Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

Larry Summers' White House Sleepover

"One thing to note is that Summers appeared to be nodding off near the beginning of Obama's remarks. And then he did nod off, doing the head-on-the-hand and then head-falling-off-the-hand thing. Photogs seemed to be having a field day. All other officials in the room appeared fully awake."

White House pool report, breaking the news that Obama's chief economic adviser was caught catching some z's during a high-profile meeting at the White House with credit-card-industry officials (April 23)

It wasn't the first time Summers had fallen asleep on the job: he reportedly dozed off in February during an economic summit at the White House. But this time it was when his boss, President Obama, was speaking — and there were cameras to document it, making the nap a bit more embarrassing. But Summers isn't the only public figure to fall asleep with the cameras rolling. He joins the ranks of Bill Clinton, who fell asleep during an MLK Day speech last year, and Ronald Reagan, who famously dozed off while meeting with the Pope.