President Barack Obama hugs retiring White House butler James Ramsey, as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Jan. 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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  • msrocky3 5y

    Michelle looks pretty in purple
  • Laura PRO 5y

    Awww! Great hug. A very touching moment.
  • shoreke 5y

    How does a guy get the job as White House butler? I bet the retirement package is sweet/
  • Sarita Linda 5y

    This is a very touching moment, I love the emotion but the fuzz on the left side of the shot is driving me nuts!
  • Mariebrown2009 5y

    Nice photo..I love the look on the butler face...
  • cptdrinian PRO 5y

    A very touching and poignant shot to be sure. Nice work.
  • halstatt1 5y

    Just imagine, most of these White House butlers and valets have worked for 40, maybe 50 years through many administrations. This is a lifetime profession for many of them. They are professional and poised at all times. Congratulations, Mr. Ramsey!

    Spreading the Aloha spirit. :)
    I will never let this thread die until all Haitians
    are rescued and/or recovered.

    ~From Hawaii to Haiti with Love~
    Moanalani K. Roquette :)
    ~From Hawaii to Haiti with Love~

    My Guitar Hero and I, Naturally :)
  • Beth Wales PRO 5y

    That "fuzz" at the left of photo isn't too good, P.S. not working Mr Souza?
    Most people just get a gold watch and a handshake.
    This illustrates a great sense of admiration and warmth. Mutual,probably.
  • Scott PRO 5y

    Just such a heart felt moment ! Have a great retirement Mr James Ramsey and Thank You for you're service at the White House!

    Wet Beauty
  • ribanbel 5y

    thanks Mr Ramsey
  • Lady Simone 5y

    To 'Through Hawaiian Eyes' you might consider upgrading the slutty picture and put a pictue of sufferation in Haiti. That may help your cause to get the result you desire faster.
  • Beth Wales PRO 5y

    One can only assume" Lady Simone" doesn't wear a bikini on the beach ;-))
  • Jinx McCombs PRO 5y

    A beautiful moment caught, Mr. Souza!
  • Beth Wales PRO 5y

    To "Lady Simone" - you might consider upgrading your photostream containing all those ladies in bikinis before you start casting stones.
  • {}+*^ 5y

    I love the face of this retiring butler. He gives me the impression of having a very kind heart. I wish you the very best on your retiring from your prestigious position. Good luck Mr. James Ramsey and enjoy your life!
  • {}+*^ 5y

    This is for you, Mr. Ramsey...good luck!

    Orange Kiss...
  • Tom Kaszuba 5y

  • slytm 5y

    Mr Souza, I have come to the conclusion that you are a kind human being... The shots you present us show such humanity!

    A hug from a president? Waoh! I need to go get a mouchoir...
  • Unalienable Rights by GOD- not Executive Order 5y

    The FatCats behind Michelle Antoinettes Obesity program

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