‘Almost hypnotic’: ‘Fan lady’ steals the show at Gov. Deval Patrick’s snowstorm presser

On Thursday, as Massachusetts prepared for “swift, heavy and dangerous” snow, Gov. Deval Patrick held a press briefing to issue warnings and safety advice about winter storm Nemo. But it was someone else who got most of the attention — a woman with a fan.

Standing behind Patrick, fan lady distracted viewers almost to the point of hypnosis.


Twitter users identified “fan lady” as Andrea Cabral, Secretary of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

Gov. Patrick also played second fiddle to an extremely enthusiastic sign language interpreter.

Hat tip: @Delmonico_OK

  • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27


  • wwbdinct

    If she’s going through what I’m going through, then I TOTALLY understand. Doesn’t make a difference what temperature it is outside. I even got called out on that by a stranger in the supermarket yesterday who asked me if something was wrong with me. Heh heh……

    • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

      As a man, I can only pretend to know what you are going through, but I sympathize none the less.

    • Silenttype78

      I totally gotcha!
      Women in my family tend to start “fanning themselves” in their mid 30’s .
      I will be 35 this year….guess its just my turn :>{ .
      Yesterday I really thought I might pass out! I was like “what the hell?”

      • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

        My lumps! Sorry, I know the timing of the comment, considering the context of the conversation, is curious. Just couldn’t resist :)

        • http://extremesplash.wordpress.com/ Ben Bollman

          brace yourself, ladies are talking about hormones…

          • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

            I was referring to SilentType’s avatar, Lumpy Space Princess (who is hilarious). I tried to mitigate it with an explanation and now I’ve made it more awkward. haha :)

        • Silenttype78

          LSP is the best!
          No prob on timing…conservative gals arent as sensitive about that sorta thing:).

    • Michelle

      Even if that’s what she’s going through, and it’s certainly no laughing matter (knock on wood I’m not there yet), since she knew she’d need the fan, and obviously she knew she’d need it hence the reason she had it on her, she should have suggested she be positioned somewhere else like off to the side. Accepting the position directly behind the podium when she knew she’d be using the fan just screams, “I LOVE drawing attention to myself! Look at me! Look at me!”

    • $36544368

      You’re not the only one…it’s 40 here today, and I’m in shorts! I wish I gained IQ points for every hot flash I have!

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      I’m married to a lovely lady having the same problem. She could heat a small room. If I am sitting next to her, I can literally feel the wave of heat coming off of her. It’s fine, though. It let’s me know when to dial down my usual jackassery…

      • Vennoye

        Smart Husband!! :-)

    • Adela Wagner

      Right there with ya sista! I am mid 50’s and it is finally starting to slow down. Last year my husband got up in January to find me sitting out on the deck in a foot of snow, wearing just my nightgown.

    • Secede

      She’s fanning away the gas she’s passing after eating that “Free Gubmint Cheese”…….

  • stuckinIL4now

    … and she didn’t eventually faint?

  • Ride The Pine

    I’ve got good video and the most hilarious GIF of the sign language lady. http://www.ridethepine.com/not-sports/boston-blizzard-lady/

    • http://twitter.com/jimni27 Jimni27

      lol I’m trying to think what would be the best soundtrack to that GIF. Even the guy to the left with the purple tie is cracking me up.

    • $27789750

      Every time he says’generator’ she looks a tad offended..and is the tongue part of sign lanuage? If so, what does it mean?

    • ember

      It looks like a SNL parody. lol

  • $27789750

    She looks bored to death. Why do they always need someone behind them anyway? Seems kind of unnecessary.

  • Stone Bryson

    Ridiculously Animated Sign Language Lady is serious about sign language, because it’s serious. Ridiculously.

    • Catchance

      Exactly. I was far more distracted by RASL Lady than by Fan Lady.

  • http://www.thepoliticalchef.com thepoliticalchef

    Reblogged this on Thepoliticalchef's Blog and commented:
    The one gal on the right looks like a muppet…just sayin…

  • Renee Cain-Rojo

    Hey, fat chicks get hot even when it is freezing!

  • Adela Wagner

    Either she’s heat flashing due to her age or she may be a Global Warming Shill.

  • APW

    Sign language lady reminded me of Sister Bernadette from high school and Fan Lady was having a power surge. I didn’t hear a thing the governor was saying!

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    I’m a fan.

  • trs2012

    my able assistant will demonstrate how to stay warm by suspending your estrogen replacement therapy

  • KansasGirl

    If her “change of life” is that obvious, she shouldn’t being standing behind the Govenor.
    Good grief, what has happened to modesty?

  • Richard Willey

    Worked in a fish market once ..A lady came by panting and gasping ,wiping her brow .I knew at once what was going on..My wife has been going through this for yrs..I asked her if shed like to get in the cooler for a while to cool off ..she was very thankful…….With my wife i would know it was a bad day when i walked in the door and there was a trail of clothes going through the house ..I also knew to stay far away…lol

  • Craig Achorn

    just another Obama Boot Licker

  • http://www.lidsamy.com/ Lidsamy

    seriously, right now, this is why we NEED twitchy, you cant make this stuff up

  • TheOriginalDonald
  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.bradham.1 Bill Bradham

    Andrea Cabral was thinking, “Dat azz.”

  • Teresa Davis McCormick

    Okay I get the lady was hot but why stand there when you’re not going to even speak? Also the sign language lady was hilarious. I know sign language people over emphasize their mouth movements for those who are lip reading but I don’t know how anyone could read that woman’s lips. She looked like she was doing interpretive dance.