Did you feel that? That was a huge portion of the internet swooning in unison.
President Obama surprised the children at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., and some of us will never be okay again.
Donning a Santa hat and carrying a huge bag of gifts, Obama went room to room surprising unsuspecting children with the generosity, charm, grace, kindness, positivity, sincerity, humor, leadership, and all-around amazingness that define him.
I'm a fan, clearly. But I'm not sure how anyone with a heart couldn't be. Regardless of your feelings on his policies or politics, the genuine sweetness of this man should be painfully apparent by now. Unless you've been poisoned by hateful or racist rhetoric and think that his above-and-beyond kindnesses and post-presidential life of charitable work are all some big act, you've got to admit he's just a darn good guy.
Reactions to Obama's Santa visit exemplify how many miss the former president—and how fiercely.
Children's National shared a video montage of the visit, and seeing the kids' faces light up is just too priceless.
Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smi… https://t.co/wU2hAjIqVP— Children's National 🏥 (@Children's National 🏥) 1545255833.0
Thousands of people responded to the video with comments filled with praise for the former leader of the free world (#stillmypresident #howfarwehavefallen #luvu4ever, etc.) But the overall sentiment is probably best summed up in these GIF responses:
@childrenshealth @BarackObama https://t.co/TdVP0rtPyU— RealiTV Reality Recaps Podcast (@RealiTV Reality Recaps Podcast) 1545273390.0
@childrenshealth @BarackObama My allergies https://t.co/PX7M4HfEgg— Lisa (@Lisa) 1545329296.0
@BarackObama https://t.co/dgQueHi659— OceanSolitudeMaine 🇺🇸☘️🇮🇪 🎶 🦞 🌊 ♻️ 🌎 🕊💞 (@OceanSolitudeMaine 🇺🇸☘️🇮🇪 🎶 🦞 🌊 ♻️ 🌎 🕊💞) 1545320823.0
@childrenshealth @BarackObama https://t.co/wuHzg3XQcO— Tara D (@Tara D) 1545273710.0
@BarackObama All I want for Christmas is a president to be proud of. https://t.co/UbfaAc6X3t— Maria (@Maria) 1545309643.0
Oh, yeah. He said "Merry Christmas," too. STOP THE PRESSES.
This seems like a good time to remind the folks who keep insisting that Obama banned the phrase "Merry Christmas" while in office that that's a bit load of hooey. Not only did the former president wish Americans "Merry Christmas," using those exact words, repeatedly, while in the White House, he said it again to the lovely folks at Children's National and to the entirety of Twitter in his share of the hospital's video.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the extraordinary kids, families, and staff at Children’s National. And thank… https://t.co/zhMp8GSpfO— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1545256092.0
I KNOW. It's simply shocking that a Christian American would say "Merry Christmas." (If you really want to have your socks blown off, watch the Obamas' final Christmas address in office where Obama says, "...we will join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Savior.")
Thank you, President Obama, for inspiring us with your generous spirit and for giving us a gut-punching reminder of what we once had. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, sir.