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13 heartwarming images of President Obama delivering hugs
Today is National Hug Day. And President Obama is delivering his second inaugural address. So without further ado...
 
Arianna Holmes, 3, wraps her tiny arms around POTUS in the Oval Office, on Feb. 1, 2012.
Arianna Holmes, 3, wraps her tiny arms around POTUS in the Oval Office, on Feb. 1, 2012. CC BY: The White House

In honor of the endearingly unnecessary holiday National Hug Day — which is a real thing — and the coincidental fact that it falls this year on President Obama's second inauguration, we present 13 images of people — famous and not, Republican and Democrat, young and old — getting hugged by the president. Enjoy:


President Obama hugs former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) on Jan. 24, 2012, when she returned to the floor of the House of Representatives for the first time since her near-fatal shooting in 2011. (CC BY: The White House)

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Retiring White House butler James Ramsey embraces President Obama during Ramsey's farewell party on Jan. 25, 2010. (CC BY: The White House)

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After this bro-tastic hug on Sept. 8, 2012, is it any wonder that Republican Charlie Crist made the jump to the Democratic Party three months later? (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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President Obama got an emotional cuddle with a fellow patron when he stopped for a bite to eat at Duff's Famous Wings in Cheektowaga, N.Y., on May 13, 2010. (CC BY: The White House)

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George W. Bush passes the torch to his successor with a hug on Jan. 20, 2009. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Sept. 19, 2011, after the president gave a speech on the deficit. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Come for the medal, stay for the hug: Actor Sidney Poitier during the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony at the White House on Aug. 12, 2009. (CC BY: The White House)

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Despite the ogling crowd, President Obama and political aide Phil Schiliro share an intimate moment at a reception at the White House on March 22, 2010.  (CC BY: The White House)

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A little girl makes a jump for the president's legs as he pats her on the back in return during a meet-and-greet for wounded warriors and their families on July 5, 2011.  (CC BY: The White House)

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg receives a hearty hug from the president before his State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 2011.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama and Bill Clinton share a cozy moment during the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 5, 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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A soldier gleefully hugs the president as he greets forces at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on May 1, 2012. (CC BY: The White House)

 

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