RNC’s Top ‘Barackward’ Moments of the Week

Friday, 09 Mar 2012 03:35 PM

By Dan Weil

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The Republican National Committee has put together a list of the top “Barackward” moments for this week. The term “Barackward” is borrowed from Jodi Kantor’s book, “The Obamas.”

It was used by Obama administration staffers to describe the awkwardness they felt being part of the conflict over Michelle Obama’s role in the White House: “Some staffers had a word to describe the moments when he seemed unable or unwilling to connect: Barackward, a combination of ‘Barack’ and ‘awkward.’ ”

Heading the list was a comment made by President Barack Obama at a factory in Mount Holly, N.C., Wednesday after someone in the audience apparently fainted. “It looks like somebody might have fainted up here,” Obama said. “Have we got some of the EMS, somebody? Don’t worry about — folks do this all the time in my meetings. You’ve always got to eat before you stand for a long time. That’s a little tip.”

No. 2 came in a conversation Thursday between CNN’s Piers Morgan and liberal filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, whose documentary/advertisement about Obama will be released shortly.

Morgan: “Most documentary makers balance these movies with the negative as well as the positive. What are the negatives in your movie about Barack Obama?”

Guggenheim: “Well, I mean the negative for me was there were too many accomplishments. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there.”

Morgan: “Oh, come off it! You can't say that with a straight face. Come on.”

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