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September 30, 2009

Obama – Clinton Clinton

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After Obama delivered a prominent hug to Hillary just before his health care address to Congress, the Administration highlighted the moment on its Flickr stream.

On the “Bill side,” the Administration set up a very public encounter with 42 outside a NY restaurant five days later (and still another high profile appearance with Bubba at the Clinton Global Initiative the week after that).

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But then, the attention didn’t just start there. For example, there was also the very flattering “Situation Room” shot for BC on the WH Flickr stream the month before.

I was wondering, is all the attention, with the high-profile photo ops, based on that close a set of working relationships or are more strategic factors at play?

(image 1: Lawrence Jackson/White House. President Barack Obama hugs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he enters the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Sept. 9, 2009. linked image: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images. caption: US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with former US president Bill Clinton (C) as they walk out of restaurant Il Mulino, where they had lunch together, in New York on September 14, 2009. image 3: Pete Souza/White House. caption: President Barack Obama meets with former President Bill Clinton in the Situation Room of the White House, including (from left ) NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Ambassador Jeff Bader, Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, NSC Advisor General Jim Jones and Vice President Joe Biden, August 18, 2009)

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