Obama "not at all concerned" about hugging cured Ebola patient: White House
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:29
White House spokesman Josh Earnest says President Obama was unconcerned about making physical contact with cured Ebola patient, nurse Nina Pham when she visited him at the Oval Office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: President Barack Obama was "not at all concerned" about giving a big hug to Nina Pham, the Dallas nurse who survived a bout with Ebola and visited the president on Friday.
Pham and Obama met in the Oval Office shortly after her release from a nearby hospital after recovering from the virus.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama brought Pham in for a meeting to recognize her for doing her job at a Dallas hospital, where she fell ill while caring for an Ebola-stricken patient who eventually died.
"She was doing the work that many nurses do on a daily basis and she did so even though it did put her at some risk," Earnest told reporters. Photographs of the meeting showed Obama hugging Pham. Reporters and television cameras were not allowed in for the meeting.
Earnest noted that Pham had been tested five times to ensure she was clear of Ebola before being released.
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