During a White House press conference Tuesday, there was a brief interruption when a CBS cameraman had a near-sneeze moment that momentarily shifted the train of thought of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. As a reporter (reportedly AP’s Jennifer Loven) posed a question, the CBS cameraman kneeling down next to CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry began his sneeze.
Reporter: You can’t really call that a broad energy bill; it’s pretty narrow.
MR. GIBBS: I’m not suggesting that. I don’t think anybody in the meeting did. I think what — again, what I’m suggesting is what — if you need to sneeze, go ahead. (Laughter.)
Reporter: Do it the right way.
MR. GIBBS: I don’t want to be responsible for not letting you sneeze, for goodness’ sakes. (Laughter.) Sorry. Yes, I was going to say. No, but, again, you’ve got one bill that passes the House; you’ll have a different bill that passes the Senate. And then there will be an opportunity to reconcile those two differing bills.
In the end, the cameraman suppressed his sneeze.