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President Barack Obama Snaps Selfie With Ellen DeGeneres After Admitting He's Sick of Taking Them

by Jackie Willis 3:25 AM PST, February 12, 2016
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President Barack Obama broke one of his rules when he showed up on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The Commander-in-chief flat-out told a crowd in Illinois on Wednesday "no selfies," but was more than willing to smile for DeGeneres' camera. "Selfie with the Chief. @BarackObama @POTUS," the daytime host tweeted on Thursday.

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"If we had had smartphones when I ran for president, I'm not sure I would've run because folks just have their phones; they won't shake my hand anymore," he told the Illonois audience (via BuzzFeed). "It's like, 'Hey! I'm here! Live! In front of you!' So we're not taking selfies, but I want to shake as many hands as possible."

While Obama did pose for DeGeneres, he refused to dance -- despite busting a move on the show in 2007, prior to his presidency. "I was watching some of the dance moves backstage. You guys were doing pretty good," he quipped. "They set the bar too high."

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He might not have danced with the Ellen audience but he did admit to feeling "very energetic" as he comes to the end of his presidential term. "The bad part is you're in a bubble," he said of his seven-plus years in office. "The thing I miss most, just taking a walk on a nice day."

Obama, 54, added that he was not too excited about returning to commercial air flights. "Air Force One is pretty nice," he bragged.

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POTUS also didn't miss a chance to gush over his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, saying, "After about 15 years, I figured out she's always right."

He also shared delivered a sweet Valentine's Day message to FLOTUS. "I love you so much. I Obamacare about you," he joked. "Michelle, I've made a lot of great decisions as president. The best decision I ever made was choosing you. Thank you for putting up with me."

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