- The Washington Times - Friday, April 24, 2009

Larry Summers is known for marching to his own drummer and for working long hours, and on Thursday, those two things caught up with him.

Mr. Summers, the president’s top economic adviser, was photographed clearly dozing off during a White House event while President Obama spoke to reporters just a few feet away.

The director of the president’s National Economic Council was seated at the end of a long table in the Roosevelt Room for a meeting with executives from American credit card companies.

At the end of the meeting, a small group of reporters, TV cameramen and photographers were ushered into the room to record the president’s remarks.

As Mr. Obama spoke, Mr. Summers rested his chin in his right hand and looked to be fighting to keep his eyes open. Then, for a few moments, his eyes were in fact closed until, according to one journalist in the room, a White House photographer nudged him awake.

This isn’t the first time. Mr. Summers reportedly fell asleep during an economic summit at the White House in February, but there were no cameras recorded that event.

This time, several photographers snapped away as Mr. Summers nodded off.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was also caught on video closing his eyes while President Bush spoke to reporters after a Cabinet meeting in 2007.

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