Michelle Obama's Hugs: A Photo Diary (SLIDESHOW)

04/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

While putting together yesterday's photos of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton at State Department's award ceremony for International Women of Courage, we couldn't help but notice the warmth and enthusiasm with which Michelle Obama hugs.

We're big suckers for public displays of affection and we certainly can't over-emphasize the importance of body language -- particularly that of the Obamas -- so it seemed perfectly logical to make a photo diary of Michelle's signature hug: eyes closed, arms clasped tight, and pure heartfelt emotion.

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