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Peek inside the White House medical unit

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 22 2009

There is something oddly captivating about the White House Flickr feed. For all its staged quality, getting a daily peek at the inner-workings of the big white building offers a compelling glimpse of want goes on inside the highest-levels of government. Some of the most compelling shots are the most prosaic, like the image of a White House staffer with a radio stuffed down the back of her dress. Then there's the occasional look at the principles -- President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama -- doing the things that all humans do, but that are striking when the humans involved are the American President and his coterie. Here a strangely wiry and casually clad Obama prepares to receive an H1NI vaccination from a White House nurse. Is that cashmere?