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. ole lady

    Let's fine them. We could get a lot of money back that is for sure.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ole lady

    Well Obama you're gonna have to resign. You're boring our government to death. They can't stay awake.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz


      April 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Che-3

      Your Evil RACISM is self evident. Have your racist brains examined. You sound like you have very limited education or even sat at any university lecture classes to be lectured about the REALITIES of life and our responsibilities to each other. You care about Obama's bombings in Libya and you don't care about anything about Americans and its future course and direction? What are you? Some Trailer NUT?

      April 15, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Che-3: What an idiotic, non-sensical, stupid, moronic comment. Just where did you find racism in the comment to which you are relying? What are you looking in a mirror and don't like what you see? I personally think that people should have to have an IQ of at least the level of moron to post as that would apparently exclude you! Go peddle your racism comments at which is where they belong. I am just tired of people like you blaming the world for what they apparently see in the mirror.

      April 15, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. pdxpanther

    Who doesn't doze off at work? Especially one that is practically a 24/7 job.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. IKHAN

    This is what politicos everywhere are most adapt at.
    No one seriously believes that they really listen to what one of them is saying unless of course its about them. Or reads hundreds & sometime thousands of pages of a bill before waking up and shouting Yeah or No.
    As for our venerated VP , isn't he the one who on a visit to Israel declared that he was a Zionist, while they were laughing at his back & doing exactly the opposite of what he went there for.
    Now knowing that no American can ever be a Zionist, that statement must have been his first reaction, jolted out of a snooze.

    April 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. henry

    seems whoever was posting this took a nap and didnt realise theres no VIDEO!

    April 14, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marty

    If regular people like you and me would DARE to snooze off we'd automatically hear YOU'RE FIRED!

    April 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Viki

      Stands back from the keyboard in aameezmnt! Thanks!

      April 23, 2011 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • ypaidbdrw

      4X9B46 goqbsmbpzfvv

      April 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clifford S

    Washington is boring, i dont blame them i would fall asleep also

    April 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Josh

    Hay, give the Pres a break. He was probably up all night, having to bomb some place or another.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. danny

    They had probably just had an important meeting with an aide in the backroom that had a blue dress on.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. TB

    Just say AMEN when you open your eyes and everything will be fine 🙂

    April 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    Once I was accused of sleeping on the job. Actually I just closed by eyes for a minute because I had a headache.

    April 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • the creepy guy in the next cubicle

      I was once caught _________ing at work. It was very embarrassing.

      CNN wouldn't let me post what I was really doing, but you get the idea.

      April 14, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    I saw the Biden tape on the news this morning. I LMAO, not at biden, but the two ladies behind him! That one looks like she needed a pulse check...

    Remember falling asleep during school during a dull movie or a particularly dull lecture? Same thing...but with a lot more riding on it than the history of the Khan family or what an ameoba looks like.

    April 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Republican

    Give'm a break they're old, Geeez

    April 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike

    Why is Reagan's presidency considered a success?

    April 14, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. arlo

    This explains a lot about the crap going on in D.C!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
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