Reuters political reporter Jon Decker was bitten by Barney today and had to be treated by the White House physician, according to a source on the scene.
Decker had reportedly just finished a live shot for MSNBC at 10:35 AM local time earlier today and was making his way toward the briefing room when he spotted Barney and his handler on a walk, the source told Access.
After asking if it was OK to pet the exiting First Dog, Decker reached down to stroke the terrier. It was at this point that Barney reportedly “snapped” and bit Decker’s finger, breaking the skin, the source said.
Decker’s reaction was reportedly, “that’s not good.”
After heading to the lower White House press office for a bandage, someone suggested Decker see the White House nurse. The nurse, in turn, reportedly sent Decker to Dr. Richard Tubb, the White House physician, who prescribed antibiotics as a precaution.
Decker is said to be doing “fine” following the incident, the source said.
In related news, President elect Barack Obama said his children will be bringing a new dog to the White House. After securing the presidency, he promised his children a new puppy.
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