Former US President Barack Obama’s surprise visit to a children’s hospital in America is winning many hearts on social media. Dressed as Santa Claus, the 57-year-old walked through the corridors of the hospital where he was greeted by a cheerful crowd. Wearing a Santa hat, Obama then went around with a goodie bag distributing gifts to the children admitted to the Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC. A video of the merry moment was caught on camera and shared by the official Twitter handle of the hospital.
“Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your company…and your gifts!” read the post that was shared along with the video.
Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your company…and your gifts! https://t.co/bswxSrA4sQ ❤️ #HolidaysAtChildrens #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/qii53UbSRS
— Children’s National 🏥 (@childrenshealth) December 19, 2018
Talking to people at the hospital, Obama thanked them for being there. “I just want to say thank you to all of you guys, we had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families. At a time that obviously is tough for folks, as a dad of two girls, you know, I can only imagine. In that situation, to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them, and listening to them and just there for them, and holding their hand… that’s the most important thing there is.”
The video, which has gone viral with over 2.9 million views, has created quite a buzz on social media with many cheering the former US president for his “kindness” and “swagger. Here are some of the many reactions the video received.
brings tears to my eyes…. just seeing him again
— Ms.Resists_NY2212 (@Newyorker2212) December 19, 2018
Omg, why do I want to cry every time I see him?! I miss him. It was nice having a genuinely good man in the WH.
— Rebuild the Middle Class (@keljdm14) December 19, 2018
My 78 yr old, dad who happens to be an ex-marine and native Texan cries gets teary every time he sees Pres Obama and Michelle.
— Leslie Harman (@lharman73) December 19, 2018
I’m 6’7 350 pounds and i’m sorry I got tears in my eyes. Thanks Mr. President. Miss this. Blessings.
— Haneef Shakur (@HaneefShakur) December 19, 2018
Those kids are so excited to see him and he’s having a blast.
— Lucy Sharvet🖊🎨📷🌊 (@LucySharvet) December 19, 2018
😢😢😢 what a beautiful thing to do and see. Genuinely caring for others. The world misses you Mr President ❤️
— Jennifer Meneghini (@jenmeneghini) December 20, 2018
I miss crying tears of JOY at seeing the president.
— RotaRooter (@MrsRota1) December 19, 2018