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Photo || Obama Hugs Recovered Ebola Victim

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.

Obama hugs Nurse Pham

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.

66 Responses to Photo || Obama Hugs Recovered Ebola Victim

  1. Well, at least she got a free trip to the White House out of it.

    Wonder how guilty she feels about exposing people to Ebola so her WEDDING PLANNING wouldn’t be held up?

  2. Here’s a photo op that would impress me.
    Let Barry put on a hazmat suit, meet & hug someone infected with Ebola.
    Or if he had some cojones, no suit.
    Didn’t think so.

  3. All these little kisses to the nurses and little hugs to the patients.
    I am very happy for the nurse.
    However this “allowed” photo op, does not make me feel better with all of the issues on hand.
    I scrolled back to the picture to be sure he didn’t have his golf pants on.

  4. It’s a shame that this was probably a big event for Nina Pham, especially having beat Ebola, and then was used by Obama for a photo op. “Never let a crisis go to waste” as Rahm would say.

    • Well, as long as you don’t have a fever, you’re not contagious. So please feel free to ride a few trains, dine at a restaurant, go bowling, and take a taxi home.

        • I totally agree, Star. I was being sarcastic in that comment. I don’t believe anything these people tell us. Like you, I’m very suspicious of the claim that someone with Ebola is not at all contagious until he begins to develop symptoms. I’ve heard the exact opposite about colds, that you’re most contagious right before you come down with one.

    • She seemed genuinely happy. It’s ruining my theory. That or she is just happy to be alive.

      The truly insensitive theory: the doctor who gallivanted around NYC as if the world didn’t apply to him is a democrat. The nurse who flew to Ohio as if the world didn’t apply to her, is a democrat. The nurse who stayed put, did what was prudent, is a conservative.

      The problem is no real conservative would be in the same room with HIM. So much for my theory…

  5. Since I don’t watch Gosh Ernest, I’m curious if there were any questions about the axe attack or the Ebola case in NYC. Also, has the WH issued any comments on either?

      • We’re gonna need a bigger hand basket! A friend of mine, who rarely watches the news must have come from work to find her husband listening. She called me and frantically said, “TURN IT OFF – IT’S HORRIBLE, EVERY THING IS JUST AWFUL, AWFUL AWFUL.” I didn’t have the heart to tell her just how bad it truly is.

  6. OT: In these horrible times of depressing news regarding the state our country and the world, I can at least be hopeful about the next generation. I just overhead my 14 year old son’s Skype conversation with his best friend. They were discussing Ebola, the enterovirus, (which is now in our county), ISIS, the recent beheadings, the ax attack in NY yesterday, the attack on the Canadian Parliament this week, the midterm elections (believe it or not), and how much Obama sucks and how he hates America and too bad we have two more years to go with him. At the end of all that bad news, my son told her that he has hope, that things always get worse before they get better, and that our country has survived worse than Obama. Then, they moved onto to talking about Minecraft (a computer game).

  7. No video cameras — just like Obama’s football pose at Soldier Field.

    It’s just so darned hard to get that perfect photo composition when you have to deal with moving pictures. No telling what might go wrong if the entire context was clear.

      • I’m convinced Obama is basically uncomfortable with talented and accomplished women who are trustworthy and independent. He’s much more comfortable with the Valerie Jarrett, Carol Dunning, Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sebelius, Lois Lerner type.

        On the male side, look who he surrounds himself with: little boy types with high pitched voices, immature, spineless and irritating to watch–from the “dude” guy Tommy Vietor, to Emmett Beliveau, Jay Carney, etc.

  8. Disgusting. Did he pick her pocket of all cash during the hug? Shame on the nurse for being a useful propaganda idiot. Whatever happened to personal dignity?

  9. Preezy Two Face! “Lets give a hug for the cameras”! Famous last words. But when he was chided for weeks for his refusal to visit thousands of his ‘unaccompanied minors’ from Central America, he said he was not interested in photo ops.

    He had nothing to do with the recovery of nurse Pham; but he had everything to do with the invasion of 60,000 illiterate, poverty-stricken, disease ridden third worlders. What a fraud!

  10. Obama is definitely no President Clinton.

    Not only is he keeping his distance as he hugs this beautiful young woman, there is only one portion of his anatomy that isn’t stiff.