05/30/2014 04:02 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Jay Carney's Exit Was Capped By A Mega-Awkward Hug

When President Obama bid farewell to White House press secretary Jay Carney on Friday, nobody seemed to see it coming. It was a SHOCKING SHOCKER! Here is a tweet about the surprisingness of it.

But the talk quickly turned to the hug Obama and Carney shared. Because it was rather unbelievably awkward.

There was...elbow-on-upper-arm action, maybe? Did Carney kiss Obama's arm? Does this pair know what hugs are?

Let's see a Vine of it. Replay!


People had thoughts!

HuffPost's own Jen Bendery noticed that the hug was really Carney's idea: Obama tried to go in for a handshake and got "Carneyed" (a term we invented for this purpose).

Here's Bendery's eagle-eyed clip of the whole thing: