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24 Adorable Photos of Presidents With Little Kids

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After TIME named Barack Obama its Person of the Year, it released a series of photos by Pete Souza—which included the adorable photo above, of the president pretending to get caught in Spider-Man's web (Spider-Man, in this case, was the child of a White House staff member). That inspired us to dig up other aww-inducing photos of presidents with kids.

Speak softly and hug tight: Teddy Roosevelt shows us his soft side, hugging granddaughter Edith Roosevelt Derby in 1918.

President Taft plays with a baby, circa 1909.

The Dog Days of the Presidency: President Lyndon B. Johnson howls skyward with his dog, Yuki, in 1968. Grandson Patrick Nugent looks on, wondering why adults are so darn weird.

Ronald Reagan dines with his pen pal, six-year-old Rudy Hines, in 1984.

Move over, Secret Service. Two brave cowboys pose with Warren G. Harding and his pup, Laddie boy.

Harding does what presidents do best—he holds a baby. In this 1923 photo, he stands with farmers from Hutchinson, Kansas.

Pound it: George W. Bush tries his best at fist bumping in 2008.

Photo by Suzanne Plunkett via Suprmchaos.

Shortly after leaving office, President Bill Clinton spent some time downtown playing tag with kids at the Family Life Academy of the Latino Pastoral Action Center in New York.

A little girl whispers into Ronald Reagan’s ear in 1984. It must’ve been Top Secret.

This unidentified child looks thrilled to meet Richard Nixon at Pennsylvania Station in Pittsburgh.

President Gerald Ford and James Paxson meet with Nebraska’s littlest dignitaries while opening the Ford Birthsite Park in Omaha, 1976.

Photo courtesy Stanley Tretick/Look Magazine

Playing Politics: President Kennedy may have run the country, but in this 1963 photo, John Jr. shows us who runs the household. Here, the two-year-old tot plays under Kennedy’s desk in the oval office.

President Reagan poses with Drew Barrymore at a ceremony launching the Young Astronauts program in 1984. In his diary, Reagan wrote, “Little Drew Barrymore—the child in E.T.—was one of the children [I met]. She’s a nice little person.”

When a troupe of movie stars visited President Harry Truman in 1946, child actress Margaret O’Brien plopped a close seat by Mr. President. Two years earlier, O’Brien had starred as “Tootie” in Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland. Other notables in the photo include Angela Lansbury (top left) and Cesar Romero (top right).

One year before becoming president, Franklin D. Roosevelt built a small house in Warm Springs, Georgia. The area boasted natural, 88-degree springs, and FDR believed the waters could heal his leg ailments. He bought acres of land and established the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, which was exclusively devoted to polio patients. Here, FDR mingles with two young patients at the Institute.

In one of the few photos of FDR in a wheelchair, the president, his terrier Fala, and a friend’s granddaughter play at Hill Top Cottage in Hyde Park, N.Y., February 1941.

Photo courtesy of Stanford News

Long before Herbert Hoover became president, he was founder and head of the American Relief Administration (ARA). During World War One, Hoover helped feed more than 2 million Poles per day. In this picture, Hoover walks with a crowd of Polish children.

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One more of President Obama.

Nice handiwork. Three years before Calvin Coolidge was installed into office, he spent a July day building a cart with his son.

James A. Garfield sits at his desk with daughter Mary a few years before assuming the Presidency.

Image courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America

Shoulders back! President William H. Taft surveys a troop of Boy Scouts. In 1910, Taft became the honorary president of the Boy Scouts.

Lowriding: President George H.W. Bush pulls his grandson, Sam LeBlond, behind a bicycle in Kennebunkport in 1989.

Lincoln reads with his son, Tad, in February 1865. This is the only known picture of Lincoln wearing spectacles.

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Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air
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Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.

 

As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

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SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
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Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]

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