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Obama Makes Honor Guard Speech, Then: BOOM (Photos)

| by Sean Kelly

A U.S. Army Honor Guard member reportedly passed out while President Barack Obama was making his farewell speech in Arlington, Virginia.

The guard member was standing during Obama's speech before suddenly falling to the floor. He was pictured crumpled on the ground, while his fellow members stood next to him. The reason for the fall remains unclear.

"As I reflect on the challenges we have faced together and on those to come, I believe that one of the greatest tasks before our armed forces is to retain the high confidence that the American people rightly place in you," Obama said prior to the incident, the Daily Mail reported.

"We must never hesitate to act when necessary to defend our nation, but we must also never rush into war because sending you into harm's way should be a last and not first resort."

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During his speech, Obama called on the military to aid in a smooth transition for President-elect Donald Trump.

"We've got to make sure that during this transition period that there is a seamless passing of the baton, that there's continuity," he said.

Many readers offered theories as to why the member fell in the first place.

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"As a military member, I know without a doubt... bro locked his knees in formation. They warn you all the time. Lock your knees like that and you'll pass out. Gotta flex your toes and leave a little bend so you don't end up embarrassing yourself. Can't get out of formation to help the poor dude, either. Military bearing and whatnot," one Daily Mail reader commented.

Meanwhile, Congress is preparing to battle over the Affordable Care Act, with Republicans attempting to repeal the controversial healthcare law.

"The American people voted decisively for a better future for health care in this country," Vice President-elect Mike Pence said, "and we are determined to give them that."

Pence said that Trump would use executive orders to transition from Obamacare, but was not specific as to what exactly his plan would be, The New York Times reported.

Sources: Daily Mail, The New York Times / Photo credit: U.S. Department of Defense, Getty via Daily Mail

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