The Obamas talk iconic Election Day "hug" photo

Barbara Walters asks the First Couple about the viral photo

By Jillian Rayfield
December 27, 2012 2:37AM (UTC)
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In an interview with Barbara Walters set to air tonight, Barack and Michelle Obama discussed the iconic "hug" photo that went viral on Election Night, after the President won re-election.

The picture was taken while they were campaigning in Iowa, Barack Obama said. Michelle Obama added: "Also, I hadn’t seen him in a while. You know, when you're campaigning, they have, we're two ships passing in the night, and the first time I saw him was when I walked on stage to greet him. And that’s my honey giving me a hug."






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