World 6 October 2010 *Video* Obama recovers from podium malfunction A particularly powerful fist-thump from the president sends the presidential seal to the floor. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML Thumping his fist for emphasis while making a no-doubt powerful and important point, President Barack Obama causes the presidential seal to fall from the front of his lectern. To uproarious laughter from the assembled media, he says "That's alright. All of you know who I am." › The Conference Five | 6 October 2010 Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Douglas Carswell leaves Ukip to become independent MP Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn't mean there's no sexism in Labour Why isn't Labour putting forward Corbynite candidates?