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Previously unpublished pic shows Barack Obama hugging daughter Malia on his victory night in 2008

Monica Otayza
Nov 06, 2018
01:14 P.M.
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White House photographer Pete Souza made sure to commemorate former president Barack Obama's 10th year anniversary of being announced as president by posting an unpublished photo of him and his eldest daughter Malia. 

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The former White House photographer posted the photo of Barack hugging Malia from his election night back in 2008, and he shares that he took the photo through his tears after flying into Chicago just to witness his president's victory. 

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In the sweet photo, Barack flashed a huge smile as he hugged his eldest daughter, who was also beaming with joy.  Souza made sure to reminisce about the great feeling he felt on that night, during Obama's historic win as president. 

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“I remember a photographer-friend said to me that night, ‘I’m so glad I’m alive to see this happen. He, too, had tears in his eyes. And little did I know that just a couple of months later I would receive a phone call that would change the rest of my life.” 

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Pete has been privileged to serve in the White House for generations, previously serving Ronald Reagan during his presidency from 1983 to 1989. All while trying to encourage Americans to vote in the upcoming midterm election, he not only shared the throwback photo of the father-and-daughter duo but an entire set of photos from each year that Barack was president. 

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In one particular post, he tried to throw some shade at the current administration by sharing a photo of Barack getting up close and personal with his supporters. 

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"Seven years ago today: back when our President wasn't afraid to touch his supporters. And people weren't afraid to touch our President."

Now, Barack is peacefully retired from US politics, but that doesn't mean he hasn't tried to stay active by keeping himself busy with the upcoming midterm election. He was recently spotted visiting Democrat staffers, even gifting them with some doughnuts.  

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