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Obamas discuss 'the hug' with Barbara Walters

7:45 AM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
The Obamas hug in Dubuque(Photo: JIM WATSON, AFP/Getty Images)
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"The hug" -- the now-famous picture of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama tweeted out on Election Night -- has a simple back story, says the First Couple.

When Barbara Walters of ABC News asked the president "why were you hugging her so hard in Iowa?" Obama responded: "Because I love my wife."

The Obama campaign sent out the picture right after the president clinched his re-election win over Mitt Romney; it quickly became the most re-tweeted post of all time.

The snap shows the Obamas hugging during a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, on Aug. 15.

Michelle Obama also gave Walters a simple explanation for the hug: She hadn't seen her husband in a while..

"The first time I saw him was when I walked on stage to greet him," Mrs. Obama said. "And that's my honey giving me a hug."

USA Today

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