Five Famous Hot Mic Incidents from Obama & Friends

We have all said things that we wish we could take back. Unfortunately, when a person is constantly under public scrutiny, words must be guarded extra carefully. Let’s take a look at some unfortunate moments when Obama, his administration and his friends have been caught saying things that should have remained private. Oops.


We will kick off the list with one of Obama’s most memorable moments from the 2008 Presidential Campaign. In April of that year, Obama was speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser, and had some interesting things to say about small-town Pennsylvanians. He said that “it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Obama thought he was in an environment free of journalists, but he was mistaken. The comments were recorded and quickly spread, but his campaign kept picking up steam.




In July of 2008, Rev Jesse Jackson was speaking to Fox News when he was caught off guard. He didn’t realize he was being recorded at the time, and said that “Barack’s been…talking down to black people…I wanna cut his n*ts off.” As one of Obama’s most vocal supporters, this caused a great deal of embarrassment. He did issue a public apology, stating that “my support for Senator Obama’s campaign is wide, deep, and unequivocal.” It must have worked, as they seem to be as close as ever.



These unfortunate moments did not prevent Obama’s election, and Obama’s election did not prevent further open microphone blunders. The first major blunder came to us in March 2010, and it was highly memorable. After the healthcare bill was pushed through,  Obama was introduced at the signing ceremony by Vice President Joe Biden. Biden famously told Obama “This is a big f-ing deal.” Biden assumed that nobody would be able to hear the comment over the applause, but he forgot about the (in)conveniently placed microphone.



While the previous remark can be seen as funny, but the last two open microphone moments are much more alarming. In November of 2011, President Obama attended the G-20 Summit and had a conversation with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarkozy said to Obama “I cannot bear Netanyahu, he’s a liar.” To this, Obama replied “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him even more often than you.” Many had long suspected Obama’s feelings towards Netanyahu, but it was unsettling to have it so publicly confirmed. Only time will tell what impact this will have on foreign relations.

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The most recent gaffe occurred on Monday when Obama was speaking to outgoing Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Obama told him that on “missile defense…it’s important for (incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin) to give me space…This is my last election. After my election, I have more flexibility.” Medvedev responded “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.” It certainly makes you wonder what else he’s planning to do once he doesn’t have a pesky re-election keeping him in check.

Remember, politicians, check for open microphones before you speak. The world is listening!





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