‘People!’: Teleprompterless, Obama calls to aides who forgot to put speech on podium [VIDEO]

Vince Coglianese Editorial Director
Font Size:

President Obama was caught without his prepared remarks Friday afternoon, leading him shout for his aides as they frantically looked for a paper copy of his statement.

Obama, who rarely goes off script during his statements, acknowledged to his San Jose, Calif., audience that he couldn’t make a speech without the prepared version in front of him.

“I want to thank everybody who’s here. I think there’s only one problem, and that is that my remarks are not sitting here,” Obama said.

“People!” he shouted, looking to his right toward his aides as they scrambled to find the paperwork.

“By Friday afternoon, things get a little challenged,” Obama joked.

“People!” Obama called again.

The aide with the privilege of sprinting the remarks to the president can then be heard tripping off camera.

“Somebody’s tripping,” Obama remarked. “Folks are sweating back there right now,” he laughed.

Follow Vince on Twitter