President Obama today met with Nurse Nina Pham, who survived Ebola and was declared free of the virus today. In a symbolically important gesture, he hugged her for the cameras.
Several White House reporters protested the failure of the White House to allow either video cameras or print reporters to cover the event. Only still photographers were permitted to attend.
A tweet by CBS White House report Mark Knoller suggested the hug photo – a huggie? – was effectively staged: “Still photographers said they heard Pres Obama tell Nurse Nina Pham words to the effect of: let’s give a hug for the cameras,” Knoller tweeted.