The Obamas hug in Dubuque, Iowa.
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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 retweeted 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."
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