Blake Lively Had A Hilariously Embarrassing Meeting With President Obama & So Did These 4 Other Celebs — VIDEO
Given the opportunity to meet the president, it's probably safe to say most of us would embarrass ourselves. What do you even say to the leader of the free world? None of us are immune — not even celebrities. At a recent dinner party, Blake Lively severely embarrassed herself while meeting President Obama, and honestly, if Blake Lively can't even keep it together when she's meeting the president, there's not a ton of hope left for the rest of us.
The good news? At least Lively came away from the situation with a really, really good story to tell. As she explained on Late Night with Seth Meyers, after forgetting everything she'd planned to say when her big moment to meet the president came, Lively launched into a story about how her husband, Ryan Reynolds, deleted a voicemail from Obama when he was just a senator, and ended up asking him for another one for Reynolds... and then realized she wasn't supposed to have her phone.
What happened next? Something that I am so sad was not captured in a video for the rest of us to enjoy. As Lively tells it,
They'd confiscated our phones beforehand, and he said, "Well, give me your phone," and I said, "I can't! You took it!" He said, "Well, ask for it back." I said, "You're the president! You ask for it back!" So then he starts shouting across the table, "Someone get Blake's phone!" Then all these other people are sitting there thinking, like, "What is this [girl] doing, asking for her cell phone? She's got to, like, live tweet and take selfies." ... [He] ended up leaving my husband an incredibly funny and ball-busting voicemail.
Being that this must be the most amazing encounter anyone has ever had with the president of the United States, it's hard to believe that others have embarrassed themselves this much in front of him. But nope, they totally have. Lively isn't alone in this one.
When Emily Blunt met the president, she didn't have to worry about saying the wrong thing, mostly because she didn't say anything, and just dissolved into an obnoxious laugh when he complimented her acting skills. She told Elle:
I was so starstruck... we were at the White House having cocktails and this woman said, "Would you like to meet President Obama?" They introduced me and then he turned to me and went, "Oh. Oh. You are a wonderful actress." And I laughed, screechingly and hysterically, I couldn’t stop. They had to usher me away. I fell apart. I don’t know what happened to me. He looked nine-feet tall. I think my eyes rolled back in my head. I gave Michelle a hug and she had skin like silk.
For part two of Blunt's story, look no further. Not only does Krasinski do the most perfect impression of his wife meeting Obama, but also has a story of his own about when it was his turn to talk to the president. "[Obama] goes, 'Can't forget about this guy! I love The Office,' and I just started crying," Krasinski said. "So both of us have been blacklisted from the White House."
When Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly met Obama, she may or may not have unintentionally offended him. At the White House Christmas party in 2014, Obama asked her if she thought the White House was a fun place, and she agreed... and then gestured to her husband and said, "Maybe we'll be here in two years." And then, in her embarrassment, Kelly immediately figured that Obama took it as saying that the republicans would be taking over and that he saw it as a dig at him, which it definitely wasn't meant to be.
When Poehler met Obama in 2009, she tried to act cool and officially failed when she got tired of waiting for him to come introduce himself and instead decided to go tug on his sleeve to get his attention, not unlike a toddler. However, while most people would find this embarrassing, I think Poehler should be given a pass on this one. It's so quintessentially her to go tug on the president's sleeve when she was impatient to meet him, isn't it?
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