President Obama Gets Locked Out Of The White House

Apparently, nobody told the White House staff that President Obama would be returning home early:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama had to try a couple of doors at the White House before finally gaining access to the Oval Office on Wednesday.

Returning from a five-day trip to Latin America, video shows the president strolling up to french doors at the White House and trying the handle on a locked door. He appeared to be whistling as he made his way down to another set of doors that were open.



<em>Via Twitter

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  1. Franklin says:

    Christ, even the slow-mo replay. Someone please tell me which part of my brain to lobotomize.

  2. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    Damn, they missed a door. Can’t they do anything right?

  3. daveinboca says:

    I guess that there was so much ‘kinetic military activity’ going on that the commo center just didn’t get the memo. Or overlooked it.

  4. Tano says:

    E tu Doug?

    It boggles the mind how it is ‘”news” that the President tried to turn a doorknob, found it locked, then moved to the next door.
    I feel so much smarter about the world now that I know this….

  5. Axel Edgren says:

    I find these incidents useful – if a news channel or other entity unironically spreads it around, it is useless to mankind.

    For example, did your anti-Obama uncle just post this on facebook? Then you can safely cut contact – he is of no use to you or any other human.

  6. daveinboca says:

    It boggles the mind how it is ‘”news” that the President tried to turn a doorknob, found it locked, then moved to the next door.

    The news is that this White House is so effed-up that nobody on Air Force One informed the White House staff by phoning ahead that the POTUS was back in town already and going to need his Oval Office. I’m guessing that the poster above never had an actual job which concerned scheduling and logistics or thinking.

  7. Remember when Bush tried to exit through a locked door in China? That’s all we saw for days, because it fit the media template of Bush as a dolt, Bush as a moron, Bush as a buffoon. His successor cannot give a simple speech, hold a staff meeting or talk to second graders without a teleprompter, and when the teleprompter breaks down, he is lost.

    This guy may have a Harvard law degree, but he’s dumber than a pile of dog manure.

  8. matt says:

    TUC : I don’t really watch the tv “news” so I barely heard of the Bush incident. If the media did as you describe then that is just stupid. When you’re in front of cameras as much as presidents are then shit is bound to happen. I never subscribed to the whole “Bush is an idiot” meme but as a Texan I have no doubt that he wasn’t an intellectually curious man. By all accounts George Washington was of average intelligence and well you can see how he turned out…