What can you expect in this day and age of swift moving social media?
Before the presidential reception for the UConn women began Wednesday at the White House, Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register, Kerith Burke of SNY and I were watching the assembled press corps getting ready to set up their cameras and take their positions to film and photograph the meet-and-greet with the basketball program
It seemed to us there were a lot of cameras for what seemed to be a pretty average event, certainly by Washington standards.
I asked one of the videographers from CNN if he ever gets bored shooting these orchestrated events, which happen all the time at the White House, The president and First Lady are always greeting individuals, groups, dignitaries and sports teams. People shake hands, say nice things, exchange presents – you get the idea.
The photographer said ‘Not really, you never know what can happen.”
Well, thanks to Stefanie Dolson and Kiah Stokes, something did happen. The two playfully conspired to give the president “bunny ears” while the official portraits were being taken after the comments were completed.
If you don’t know what “bunny ears” are, take the finger next to your thumb and your middle finger and form a V – and think Easter bunny ears…Then take those fingers, sneak behind someone when a photo is being taken and what you have is a person with bunny ears.
Well, the pictures and video captured of this moment are speeding around the world. Some people think is was very cute. Some think it was highly disrespectful. I lean to the cute side, knowing both young women and their personalities.
It was meant as a light-hearted sign of affection. Stef and Kiah warned the president it was coming. He essentially told them they wouldn’t try it. And so they did and everyone smiled and laugh – even the Commander-In-Chief.
If UConn was looking for some world-wide publicity they got it.