Gotta Watch: Sleepy politicians
During a California budget hearing in 2009, a lawmaker gets some shut-eye.
April 14th, 2011
11:17 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Sleepy politicians

In light of Vice President Joe Biden's recent napping episode caught on cam here, we thought we'd dig up some of our best naptime videos featuring your favorite sleepy politicians.

Napping greatest hits – Our very own Jeanne Moos highlights political napping that goes back to the Reagan administration, when the president nodded off in front of Pope John Paul II, and Dick Cheney taking a snooze at a briefing.

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Presidential REM – In all fairness, many of these sleepy lawmakers do work long hours. CNN's Jason Carroll looks back at presidential sleeping habits and gives some insight into why our politicians sometimes get caught with their eyes closed.

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Budget Z's – Despite the hype over the California budget crisis, this hearing shows that clearly not everyone was interested.

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  1. Michael

    Where is the Video??????

    April 14, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr


      April 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jazzzzzzzz

    Right where you click on comments , right below the word "comments" to in in here.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ed Sr


      April 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom in Florida

    When the Obama White House occupants are ousted in the next election, at least Biden can get a job as an Air Traffic Controller.....

    April 14, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • tatersalad8498

      I just spit/laughed water on my keyboard

      April 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      lol... i guess the ffa is now gonna have to find Biden a co-worker to watch him sleep.

      April 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bam

      biden would be replacing bush the moron at the traffic control tower. he doesnt fall asleep cuz he has his army men and coke mounds to play with

      April 14, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dane

      Did you not see REGAN sleeping when the Pope was speaking???? I hope Jeb runs! He will be easy to take down>>>

      April 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Oh....that was good Tom...and the libs have such weak responses...makes it even funnier!

      April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nick Stafford

    Why would you post a video with a commercial, then display after the commercial that the video is unavailable? Dumb.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. Me

    Nice video... wish you had it where we could see IT and not just an advertisement.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jazzzzzzzz

    Gee, I just told the guy where it was , didnt even watch it till Nick said something, Ya real dum dum's working at CNN. Sorry guys just calling like I see it.

    April 14, 2011 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  7. Todd Lewis

    CNN fails horribly at posting videos.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jazzzzzzzz

    Be better off going to UTUBE

    April 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rsprings

    I can only say snzzzzzz! On Biden sleeping through the President's budget speeech...did you notice the people in the bacground??/ most of them were snoozing as well. BO's budget idea is a snoozer

    April 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazzzzzzzz

    Thanks , good to see some one else noticed , HEHE 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    Doing all nighters to fix the budget and deficit?

    April 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ole lady

    Wow what a bunch of snoozers. No wonder this country in troubling times. If caught sleeping on then job they should be fired. I still feel they should have their salaries cut in half for sleeping. Bet they would stay awake then.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ole lady

    If ya don't get fired then salary cut in half.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Canadian Genius

    The Reagan thing was great, but it would have been even better if the Pope had fallen asleep too. Two old guys in comfy armchairs.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jazzzzzzzz

    Ya, in the REAL world we would lose our jobs for snoozing , but they have the power. Maybe not all the oil but the AMERICAN MILITARY , is the next best thing as well as influence , not as much on that though now.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
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