Obama laughs off seal gaffe

02:18, Oct 06 2010
Barack Obama
YOU KNOW ME: US President Barack Obama reacts after the presidential seal fell off of the podium as he was speaking at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington.

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

The president was joking with the audience and getting some laughs when he realised what happened. "All of you know who I am," he quipped.

Obama told the audience that somebody in the back was really nervous, referring to the staffer who hung the seal on the front of the lectern so precariously.

The seal fell about halfway through the president's remarks to Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women Summit" Tuesday at Carnegie Mellon Auditorium in Washington.