A human moment, of course; if I had a dime for every time I tripped through a doorway, I’d be rich enough to pay a health-care surtax. However, Gerald Ford’s critics skewered him for tripping and defined him as a clumsy oaf, even though Ford may have been one of the most athletic presidents in modern history. The Left still makes pretzel jokes about George Bush. So here’s Barack Obama, not gliding through a doorway in L’Aquila, Italy (via William Amos):


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After yesterday’s TOTUS crash, this might get Obama more sympathy than derision … which would be no surprise at all.

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