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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...

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:

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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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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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