November 2011: The Eight Worst Video Media Disasters, Pt. 2
Yesterday, I featured the first half of my selections for the worst video media disasters of November. Today, I’ll complete the countdown with my picks for the four worst video media disasters of the month.
And believe me, folks – some of these clips are truly jaw-dropping.
#4: President Obama and French President Sarkozy Caught on Open Mic
U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy were caught by an open microphone blasting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. After Sarkozy called Netanyahu a “liar,” Mr. Obama reportedly responded, “You may have had enough of him, but I have to deal with him every day.” The comments sparked a diplomatic kerfuffle and national headlines throughout Israel. Both men should have known better than to speak so candidly in earshot of reporters.
#3: Herman Cain Has All This Stuff Twirling Around In His Head
GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain froze when he was asked about President Obama’s handling of Libya by editors of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Mr. Cain stammered for 65 painful seconds, offering such gems as “No, that’s a different one,” and “I got all of this stuff twirling around in my head.”
#2: Rick Perry’s “Oops” Moment
During a Republican presidential debate, Texas Governor Rick Perry confidently declared he would eliminate three government agencies – and promptly forgot what they were. For 47 painful seconds, Mr. Perry tried to recall the third agency he would eliminate. He finally gave up, shrugged his shoulders, and said, “oops.” That one moment likely sank any chances of Mr. Perry winning the nomination. (This bizarre video of a November speech likely didn’t help either.)
#1: (Alleged) Penn State Child Rapist Jerry Sandusky Speaks
Jerry Sandusky, a former football coach at Penn State University, spoke to NBC’s Bob Costas about horrific allegations that he raped numerous boys. Mr. Costas asked Mr. Sandusky this direct question: “Are you sexually attracted to young boys?” An innocent person would typically answer that question in only one way (“Hell, no.”). But Sandusky chose a different answer, one that was downright creepy. (fast forward to 7:15)
Bonus Disaster: Lawmaker Loses Control, Screams at Constituents
When Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh met with his constituents at a town hall meeting, he suddenly erupted, telling the voters he was “pissed off.” He might consider registering for anger management classes prior to his next meeting.
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