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Obama Exchanges Heartwarming ‘Fist Bump’ With Mark Kirk

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It wasn’t shown on live TV, but just moments before delivering his State of the Union address, President Obama exchanged an “exploding fist bump” with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012 at the age of 52, recently made an emotional return to the Senate.

Gawker posted a GIF of the moment last night, sending the heartwarming moment viral:

Video of the moment:

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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