Obama: ‘I Hugged and Kissed’ Ebola Medical Staff – and ‘Felt Perfectly Safe Doing So’

In an effort to quell growing public fears over the Ebola crisis, President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he felt safe touching nurses who had treated two Americans at Emory University Hospital recently.

“I want to use myself as an example just so people have the sense of the science here,” Obama said. “I shook hands with, hugged and kissed – not the doctors, but a couple of the nurses at Emory because of the valiant work that they did in treating one of the patients.

“They followed the protocols. They knew what they were doing, and I felt perfectly safe doing so, and so this is not a situation in which, like the flu, the risks of a rapid spread of the disease are not imminent.”

Obama visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Sept. 16, when he would have met the nurses. That was 27 days after Dr. Kent Brantly was released and declared cured and 29 days after nurse Nancy Writebol was released.