Thunderstorm plagues Obama's memorial speech


President Barack Obama had to temporarily postpone a speech on Memorial Day in Illinois when lightning and thunderstorms took hold.

The president had taken the podium to give the address, honouring fallen heroes, when the skies opened up.

Under the cover of a large umbrella, President Obama told thousands gathered that due to safety reasons everyone should take shelter until the storm had passed.

A short time later the storm retreated the ceremony continued.

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