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Obama Pauses In Alaska To Snuggle With Cute Puppies

The president also exchanged Eskimo kisses with local educators.
President Barack Obama cuddles with a puppy Wednesday.
President Barack Obama cuddles with a puppy Wednesday.

Sometimes you just need a snuggle.

President Barack Obama proved he isn't immune to that desire either, as he made an extra stop Wednesday in Kotzebue, Alaska, to see 2011 Iditarod champion John Baker and his dogs.

Obama was introduced to puppies Feather and Moose, after being given a Team Baker hat and jacket.

The president scooped up Feather in his arms and carried the dog around while posing for pictures and asking questions about the 1,000-mile dog sled race.

Upping his "awww" factor for the day, Obama also exchanged Eskimo kisses with local educators, according to The Washington Post.

"It's our culture to welcome you with an Eskimo kiss, a practice in which two people rub noses," Sandy Shroyer-Beaver, the regional school board president, reportedly told Obama.

"Wow, it was cool. Let's do another," Obama said before repeating the show of affection.

See more photos of Obama cuddling with Feather below:

  • President Barack Obama holds a puppy while visiting musher John Baker and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday. 
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    President Barack Obama holds a puppy while visiting musher John Baker and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday. 
  • Obama reaches out to pick up a puppy belonging to musher John Baker (second from right) in Kotzebue, Alaska.
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    Obama reaches out to pick up a puppy belonging to musher John Baker (second from right) in Kotzebue, Alaska.
  • Obama blazed a new trail as president on Wednesday, becoming the first to head above the Arctic Circle, urging U.S. citi
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
    Obama blazed a new trail as president on Wednesday, becoming the first to head above the Arctic Circle, urging U.S. citizens to take swift action against climate change.
  • Obama snuggles with a puppy.
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
    Obama snuggles with a puppy.
  • Obama talks with 2011 Iditarod champion John Baker (right) and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday.
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
    Obama talks with 2011 Iditarod champion John Baker (right) and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska, on Wednesday.
  • Obama holds a puppy while posing for a photo with musher John Baker (left) and a family member in Kotzebue, Alaska.
    Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images
    Obama holds a puppy while posing for a photo with musher John Baker (left) and a family member in Kotzebue, Alaska.
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