Three lucky moms got the surprise of a lifetime when President Barack Obama called to wish them a happy Mother's Day.
"I know how tough it is to raise kids and do right by them, and if it hadn't been for my mother, I certainly wouldn't be here," he told one mom. "You're doing the most important work there is."
"I was so proud of everything you've done raising four kids and you know serving our country. And you know, those boys are going to turn out good because of you," he told another. "Congratulations on being a great mom," he added.
The calls were particularly poignant given Obama's close relationship with his late mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, who died in 1995. In a New York Times article about her life, Obama recalls her saying, "If you want to grow into a human being, you’re going to need some values.”