- The Washington Times - Friday, October 24, 2014



President Obama is usually “not interested in photo ops,” but apparently he made an exception for Friday’s good news that Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, is now virus-free.

Mr. Obama and Ms. Pham shared an embrace in the Oval Office, certainly a reassuring image for Ebola-panicked Americans.

But according to still photographers on the scene, his hug with Ms. Pham was staged.

Mark Knoller, the White House correspondent for CBS News, took to Twitter with the allegation.

“Still photographers said they heard Pres Obama tell Nurse Nina Pham words to the effect of: let’s give a hug for the cameras,” Mr. Knoller tweeted.

It’s still a nice picture, but it might have been nicer if it was a bit less calculated and a bit more genuine.

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