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'Exploding Fist Bump': State Of The Union Exchange Between Obama, Mark Kirk Sparks Internet Meme

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Moments before taking the podium and giving his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama did something that sparked an Internet meme: He fist-bumped Sen. Mark Kirk.

Kirk, a 53-year-old Republican lawmaker from Illinois, recently returned to the Hill after suffering a stroke in 2012. He greeted the president's gesture with a smile and a hug.

Although the exchange was not shown on live TV, Gawker picked up the image from a pool feed and turned it into an animated .gif titled the "Exploding Bipartisan Fist Bump."

The heart-warming moment then went viral.

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