Gen. David Petraeus' fainting episode at Congress this morning is only the most recent in a long line of notorious public pass outs, several of which have come during otherwise mundane political events. As such, Surge Desk has collected five of the most famous fainting spells caught on tape (plus one bonus animal fainting video).
1. President George H.W. Bush passes out in Japan. Fair or not, this incident is one of the most remembered moments from the reign of Bush the First. The president passed out after puking in the Japanese prime minister's lap in January, 1992. The entire incident was caught on tape.
2. Marie Osmond hits the deck. After a rousing samba on Dancing with the Stars in October, 2007, Marie Osmond didn't stay on her feet for very long. As one of the reality show's judges was delivering his opinion of the performance, she dropped to the stage.
3. Attorney General Michael Mukasey slumps over mid-speech. Mukasey was at the podium of the Federalist Society dinner in November, 2008, clad in black tuxedo, defending the Bush administration's counter-terrorism policies when he began slurring his speech. Others rushed to his aide as the lights went out.
4. Obamamania strikes again. The number of Obama-induced fainting episodes have dropped steeply since the president's campaign speeches caused so many to pass out. But in April, 2009, while speaking at the F.B.I. headquarters in D.C., a woman in the crowd apparently conked out, leading the president to joke about his long-winded nature.
5.Glenn Beck's guest keels over during show. In April, 2009, David Buckner, a Columbia University professor, was on Beck's show explaining how government treasuries were "full of cancer" (Beck's words) when he whispered to the host that he was about to pass out. Moments later he made good on that claim.
[BONUS] World famous fainting goats. Myotonic goats have a combination of recessive genes that causes them to stiffen and fall over when startled, giving the impression they are fainting. But not to worry, the International Fainting Goat Association (yes there is one!) writes: "After a short time this stiffness will disappear and they will walk and act like any other goat."
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