Try as they might, no venue, show producer, panel manager, or police department is ever going to put on a perfect show with so many variables involved. This year’s SXSW, we saw some really brutal fails, but we also saw some more lighthearted moments. Either way, now that it’s over we can all look back and laugh… Or curse… About everything that went down in the middle of all the madness.

Here are the 10 most facepalm-worthy fails we encountered along the way.

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10.) The failure to plan (AKA, “Thanks, Obama!”)

Traffic was mostly nice during President Barack Obama’s visit largely due to the mayor begging Austinites to stay home that day, but you couldn’t say the same thing for travelers trying to squeeze through the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

For one, we’re glad he came to Austin instead of doing literally anything else, but we’re biased. Poor Seth here failed to anticipate what everyone else in the city had prepared for, and you can’t really blame Obama for that, though he tried. Even so, we got this awesome double rainbow shot before the president left, and that’s worth something right?

Secret Service agent yelled at me, “Follow me!” ….Took me out to the front of Air Force One to capture this double rainbow shot.

Posted by Scott Guest on Friday, March 11, 2016

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