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Are All Germs Created Equal? What if They Belong to the President?

President Obama

Are the President's germs cleaner than, say, yours?

I’m on my second baby, so I’ve long since resigned myself to things like germs. Kind of.

Pacifier falls on the floor? Wipe it off on my pants and stick it back in. Pacifier falls on the floor and lands in hair or some other unknown or icky substance? Wash it off with hot soapy water.

My baby sticks her hand in someone’s mouth other than mine? Soap and water or sanitizer. My baby sticks her hand in President Obama’s mouth? Hmmm. Interesting question.

One baby did just that the other day. And I wondered what his mom did afterwards.

President Obama visited some troops in Hawaii on Christmas Day and while there, posed for a photo with an 8-month-old baby, little Cooper Wall Wagner. Little Cooper jammed his fingers into Obama’s mouth, according to Jezebel, and the president laughed and said Cooper must have been thinking, “I want some of that big nose.”

But what I want to know is what Cooper’s mom, Meredith Wagner, was thinking. Was she dying to get Cooper over to a sink? Or was she chomping at the bit to take a picture of his hand for posterity?

Are some germs, like the President’s cleaner than others, as far as you’re concerned? Because to me, some germs are actually better — and cleaner — than others. Usually it’s the kind I can’t see that I don’t mind. But sometimes I also assume some people are are cleaner than others. People like me. And, you know, the President.

What say you?



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