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Obama loses his seal of authority

world Updated: Oct 06, 2010 23:25 IST

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The presidential seal fell off President Barack Obama's lectern and clattered to the stage as he delivered a speech at a women's conference.

“Whoops,” said Obama. “Was that my, uh—?” He then leaned over the front of the podium to look.

“That's all right, all of you know who I am,” the president joked to laughter from the audience when he realised what had happened.

“But I'm sure there's somebody back there that's really nervous right now, don't you think?” the president added, referring to whatever staffer had hung the seal on the front of his lectern so precariously.

“They're sweating bullets,” he said, laughing. “Anyway, where were we.”

It happened during the president's remarks to Fortune magazine's “Most Powerful Women Summit” Tuesday night at Carnegie Mellon Auditorium.