|Comforting Hugo Chavez' Mother|
But no: needless to say, hardline clerics denounced him; it's haram to embrace an unrelated woman unless she's drowning, say the clerics. As Robert Mackey notes at the New York Times' The Lede blog, his own supporters quickly claimed it was a sinister Photoshop by the Western media. But the photos they produced as the "real" ones were clear Photoshops, while the photo at left was from Venezuelan media, not Western, and there's video that appears to show the same thing.
So the one moment that might have given him a human side in Western eyes is being strenuously if unconvincingly denied. If there's some kind of international prize for being hoist by your own PR, Ahmadinejad should win.