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‘Scary’ Photog Stampede in Portugal


White House pool reporter Tangi Quemener of Agence France-Presse who is traveling with POTUS in Lisbon reported an event involving photographers. He told FishbowlDC, “Things are pretty intense here, but we’re coping.” He explained further, “We print/wire poolers were a few yards behind, we heard a few yells but nobody was hurt (we think). The leaders weren’t actually in the room yet.”

Details are as follows:

Quemener writes, “Pool was ushered out from the Conference room at 5:30. POTUS didn’t speak in our presence. We held for one hour in the press room and then headed to the family photo spray with a stopover for two sniffer dogs sweeps. This created a scary stampede when photogs rushed to secure their riser positions through a narrow door.

The situation appeared to end well. “POTUS was standing in the first row, between Secretary General Rasmussen and British PM David Cameron. French President Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel were behind POTUS, who flashed his signature smile and waved to the photographers.”

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