Not only is Michelle Obama a wife, mother, lawyer and the first lady of the United States, she is the hugger-in-chief, according to Peter Souza, the White House photographer.
“My staff and I have been photographing her since Inauguration Day and as the following photographs clearly show, she’s been hugging people nonstop since Day 1,” he writes in a blog post at the White House. “Whether it’s a school child, a family member in peril, a surprised tourist, or even a famous person, the First Lady greets them with a hug.”
For her part, the first lady says she’s always been a hugger and it’s her first inclination when she meets someone.
“Hugging is how I connect to people–how I show warmth and make folks feel at home.”
Here are three poignant snapshots:
Source: Pete Souza
Jan. 18, 2010. With a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Source: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
May 24, 2013. Greeting students with Kerry Washington after their performance at Savoy Elementary School in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Source: Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
Aug. 27, 2013. Greeting Oprah Winfrey and others at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)