Barack Obama’s Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier, and the affection was palpable:

As Valerie Jarrett came onto the set for her segment that was to follow the commercial break, there was a brief love-in with the MSNBC panel:

Jarrett’s first step is toward the BBC’s Katty Kay. “Hi, there,” Jarrett’s heard whispering as she leans in for a hug and kiss. Kay is “Anchor for BBC World News America in Washington.”

Then the senior White House adviser just as warmly greets Cokie Roberts, a National Public Radio contirbutor.

As the segment heads toward a commercial break, host Joe Scarborough can be heard saying, “Valerie, come give me a hug.”

Isn’t it refreshing to see real professional journalists on the job once in a while? Too bad this wasn’t one of those times.

Well, as long as “journalists” is said using the exaggerated finger quotes gesture.

Naturally some topics were left off the table:

Who needs tough questions when things can just be hugged out?