Barack Obama explains why he'll no longer take selfies with people

Barack Obama has made an executive decision when it comes to being asked to take selfies with fans. He and former first lady Michelle Obama veto all such requests.

"For Michelle and myself, no selfies," the former president told the audience Tuesday during opening remarks of his two-day Obama Foundation Summit aimed at stoking the passions of the next generation of community organizers, according to DNAInfo Chicago.

"This seems trivial, but it's not. One of the weird things about being president is I found people were no longer looking me in the eye.

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Barack Obama, graduate of Harvard Law School '91, is photographed on campus after was named head of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.

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Barack Obama poses in the office of The Harvard Law Review on Monday, Feb. 5, 1990, after being named President of The Harvard Law Review.

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Barack Obama, graduate of Harvard Law School '91, is photographed on campus after was named head of the Harvard Law Review in 1990.

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Barack Obama, graduate of Harvard Law School 1991 yearbook photo.

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Newly-elected president & former community program dir. Barack Obama.

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US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is seen with his wife Michelle in a family snapshot from their October 18, 1992 wedding day released by Obama's US presidential campaign, February 4, 2008. Obama, now a 46-year-old first-term U.S. senator from Illinois who would be the first black US president if elected, heads into Super Tuesday's slate of 22 Democratic state primaries and caucuses in a tight race with Hillary Clinton to become the party's presidential nominee.

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Barack Obama as student at Harvard university, c. 1992

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In this May 31, 2002 file photograph, state senator Barack Obama from Chicago is pictured during session in the senate chambers in Springfield, Illinois. As Democratic presidential hopeful in the 2008 campaign, Obama is considered the 'Great Communicator in Training.'

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Illinois U.S. Senate candidate Democrat Barack Obama (2nd R), wife Michelle and their daughters Malia (R), 3, and Sasha (L), 6, spend time in their Chicago hotel room, November 2, 2004. Obama faces Republican candidate Alan Keys in the first Senate race with two African American candidates.

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Barack Obama, candidate for a Senate seat in Illinois and one of the keynote speakers of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, addresses delegates during the second night of the event at the FleetCenter in Boston, July 27, 2004. More than 4,000 delegates to the convention will nominate John Kerry on Wednesday to challenge President George W. Bush in a November battle for the White House that is essentially a dead heat.

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Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Illinois, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at the Democratic National Convention at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Tuesday, July 27, 2004.

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State Senator from Ill. and U.S. Senate Candidate Barack Obama keynote speaker Tuesday night at the DNC the second night. 

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Barack Obama, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, smiles as he finishes up his sound check on the podium at the FleetCenter, site of the Democratic National Convention in Boston, July 27, 2004. Obama is the keynote speaker for the second night of the convention, which will also feature a speech by Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Senator John Kerry.

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Senate candidate Barack Obama, D-Il., the night before the Democratic National Convention 2004 in front of the Illinois delegation party at the Ye Olde Oyster House in Boston, Ma.

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Democratic Convention Keynote speaker and Illinois Senate candidate Barack Obama hugs a supporter before speaking at the League of Conservation Voters Environmental Victory Rally at Christopher Columbus Park July 27, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts. Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is expected to accept his party's nomination later in the week.

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Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama speaks to the media September 15, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama unveiled his proposal to make college education more affordable and accessible to working families and their children.

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Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) holding his daughter Malia with wife Michelle and youngest daughter Sasha (R) celebrate his victory with supporters over Repulican rival Alan Keyes November 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama was expected to easily defeat Keyes in this first ever senate race featuring two major-party African-American candidates.

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Democratic Senator Barack Obama drives from his home on December 8, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. The Senator will give the keynote address at the Chicago Economic Club.

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US Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and his wife Michelle after a swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. Obama, 43, is the only African-American in the Senate, and the fifth in its history.

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 Barack Obama attends the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards

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Academy awarding-winning actor George Clooney (C) smiles alongside Senator Barack Obama (R)(D-IL) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) as he speaks about his recent visit to the Darfur region of Sudan at a Washington press conference April 27, 2006. Clooney and his father, journalist Nick Clooney, have just returned from a week-long trip to southern Sudan and eastern Chad where they met with dozens of individuals affected by the crisis and documented the brutal and worsening conflict in Sudan's Darfur region.

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Then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama, carrying his daughter Sasha and accompanied by William Lay (front R), leave the memorial park of the former United States Embassy, a target of an August 1998 bombing, in Kenya's capital Nairobi, in this file picture taken August 25, 2006. U.S. President Barack Obama, who last visited Kenya as a U.S. senator in 2006, is expected to arrive in Nairobi on July 24, 2015 for a three-day state visit.

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Senator Barack Obama, R, (D-IL) listens to proceedings during a Senate Rules Committee hearing on overhauling lobbying on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 8, 2006. Obama, along with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) offered their views on lobbying reform to the committee.

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Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) talk prior to the first debate of the 2008 presidential campaign April 26, 2007 at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. The debate, featuring eight Democratic presidential candidates, comes 263 days before the first ballot will be cast in the Iowa caucus next January.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) with his daughters Malia and Sasha and his wife Michelle vist the Iowa State Fair August 16, 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. The fair runs until August 19th and is expected to draw about 1 million people. John Edwards also made a campaign stop at the fair today.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen Barack Obama of Illinois addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally, June 24, 2007 at Sunset Station, in San Antonio, Texas. Backstage at the event Sen Obama was joined by Bruce Bowen of the NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs.

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Senator Barack Obama during a July 4th campaign stop with his daughter Sasha, 6, in Beaver Creek, Iowa.

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U.S. Democratic President-elect Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and his running mate, Vice-President-elect Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) wave during their election night rally in Chicago November 4, 2008.

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US Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) and Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) wave to the crowd during a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida October 20, 2008.

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks to the media aboard a military plane at Chicago Midway Airport January 4, 2009 before flying to Andrews Air Force Base near Washington. Obama is moving to Washington 16 days before being sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Home States Ball in Washington January 20, 2009. Obama took power as the first black U.S. president on Tuesday and quickly turned the page on the Bush years, urging Americans to rally to end the worst economic crisis in generations and repair the U.S. image abroad. Michelle Obama is wearing a custom-made dress by Taiwanese designer Jason Wu.

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U.S. President Barack Obama departs Andrews Air Force Base in Washington enroute to Copenhagen to promote Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games October 1, 2009. No incumbent U.S. President has ever addressed an IOC session before. Obama is trying to woo International Olympic Committee (IOC) members and is poised to make phone calls on his flight to Denmark to urge them to pick Chicago as host of the 2016 Summer Games.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their press conference at the Rathous (City Hall) in Baden-Baden, Germany, April 3, 2009. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) military alliance is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week at a summit co-hosted by Germany and France.

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U.S. President Barack Obama laughs during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, June 23, 2009.

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US President Barack Obama gestures toward the crowd after playing a round of golf at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 31, 2009. The First Family is on vacation.

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U.S. President Barack Obama calls to congratulate new British Prime Minister David Cameron in the Oval Office of the White House May 11, 2010 in Washington, DC. Cameron, the Conservative leader, took over as prime minister after Gordon Brown resigned earlier. The Conservatives won support from the Liberal Democrats after they fell short of a majority in last weeks election.

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US President Barack Obama speaks with small business owners during a meeting at the Tastee Sub Shop in Edison, New Jersey, July 28, 2010.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he tours Skana Aluminum Company, an aluminum manufacturer, as part of his administration's White House to Main Street Tour in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, January 26, 2011.

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US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden walk to a ceremony to mark the return of the US Forces - Iraq colors December 20, 2011 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The event marks the end of the Iraq war after the last US combat troops rolled out of Iraq into Kuwait on December 18.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 25, 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama challenged Republicans on Tuesday to adopt limited spending cuts and invest in new research and education to generate a job-creating "Sputnik moment" for America in a speech designed to revitalize his leadership.

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner, as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden looks on, upon arriving to address a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington September 8, 2011.

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In this handout provided by the White House, President Barack Obama holds a child after delivering remarks on the American Jobs Act beneath the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge September 22, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Obama appealed to U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass his jobs bill.

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U.S. President Barack Obama does push-ups while playing basketball during the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn in Washington April 9, 2012.

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U.S. President Barack Obama applauds retired U.S. Army Captain Florent Groberg, 32, after presenting him with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House in Washington November 12, 2015. Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a personal security detachment commander during combat operations in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.

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US President Barack Obama boards Air Force One on March 21, 2012 at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama is headed to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio to highlight his energy policy.

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US President Barack Obama makes his way to board Air Force One July 19, 2012 before departure from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Obama was headed to the state of Florida for two days of campaigning.

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U.S. President Barack Obama signs a series of executive orders about the administration's new gun law proposals as children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, (L-R) Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, Julia Stokes and Grant Fritz, look on in the Eisenhower Executive Office building, on January 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. One month after a massacre that left 20 school children and 6 adults dead in Newtown, Connecticut, the president unveiled a package of gun control proposals that include universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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U.S. President Barack Obama reacts after missing a putt on the first green at the Farm Neck Golf Club at Oak Bluffs on Marthas Vineyard, August 11, 2013.

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U.S. President Barack Obama poses with player David Ortiz for a "selfie" as he welcomes the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 1, 2014.

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President Barack Obama attends a hurricane preparedness meeting at FEMA Headquarters May 30, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama greets a young child dressed as the Pope and riding in a 'Popemobile' as he hands out treats to children trick-or-treating for Halloween on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, October 30, 2015.

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United States President Barack Obama, along with daughters Sasha (L) and Malia (R), attend the 68th annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Abe in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 25, 2015.

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U.S. President Barack Obama participates in a "Get Out the Early Vote" campaign event for Hillary Clinton in Columbus, Ohio, U.S. November 1, 2016.

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President Barack Obama waves as he exits The White House before boarding Marine One on November 6, 2016 in Washington, DC. President Obama will travel to Orlando to campaign from Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip welcome U.S President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on their arrival at Windsor Castle for a private lunch, in Windsor, Britain, April 22, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama puffs out his cheeks at a baby as he greets people in the crowd after his remarks at a Hillary for America campaign event at the Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S. November 4, 2016.

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President Obama departs Marine One and walks toward the Oval Office after visiting wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda at White House on August 26, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, upon arrival for dinner at Kensington Palace in London, Britain April 22, 2016.

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Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (L) and Stephen Curry (R) flank U.S. President Barack Obama who holds up a jersey given to him at an event honoring the 2015 NBA basketball champions at the White House in Washington February 4, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, U.S., December 1, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obam, left, laughs with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden after presenting the Medal of Freedom during an event at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Obama awarded Biden with the highest civilian honor, commemorating an 'extraordinary man with an extraordinary career in public service.'

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US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the White House during his departure for Chicago, Illinois, in Washington, U.S. January 10, 2017.

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"They approach me either like this or like this" Obama added, mimicking phone-waving selfie-takers.

And he pointed out to the crowd of young activists, that means they aren't seeing the bigger picture.

"To see young people organizing in states all over the country through social media is amazing," said Obama. "But blocking yourself from having a conversation or seeing somebody and recognizing them and listening to them because you are so busy trying to get a picture ... then you are, I think, in some ways, contributing to what separates us rather than trying to break through."

That fits the messages the Obamas have been promoting over the two-day event at the Marriott Marquis hotel promoting their foundation's mission to promote civics and inclusivity, and to do so with an emphasis of personal interactions over social media volleys.

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A photo of Michelle with her father, Fraser Robinson III, Marian, her mother and her brother Craig Robinson.

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Michelle Obama is shown in a photo from her grade school years. She attended public schools in Chicago and lived on the South Side, where her own daughters were eventually born.

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A 1985 Princeton graduate, Michelle Obama studied sociology and African American studies.

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Michelle Obama attended Harvard Law School soon after graduating from Princeton. After earning her graduate degree she began working for a corporate law firm where she met Barack Obama.

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Michelle and Barack Obama in 1989 on their first trip to Hawaii for Christmas.

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Michelle and Barack Obama on their wedding day on October 3, 1992.

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Barack and Michelle Obama at dinner with their daughter Malia, then 2-years-old, in 2000.

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Michelle and Barack Obama with their daughters Malia and Sasha at Sasha's christening.

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Democratic candidate for the United States Senate in Illinois, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama acknowledge the crowd at the Democratic National Convention at the Fleet Center in Boston, Massachusetts, Tuesday, July 27, 2004.

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Candidate for the U.S. Senate Barack Obama (D-IL) sits with Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia in a hotel room as they wait for election returns to come in November 2, 2004 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Senator Barack Obama and Michelle Obama arrive at the 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards in March 2005.

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Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), his daughters Sasha and Malia and his wife Michelle wave to a crowd gathered on the lawn of the old State Capital Building February 10, 2007 in Springfield, Illinois. Obama announced to the crowd that he would seek the Democratic nomination for President. 

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Michelle Obama campaigns on behalf of her husband, Democratic presidential hopeful and US Senator Barack Obama, D-IL, 22 June 2007 in Sioux City, Iowa. The garden party event was part of her first campaign swing through western Iowa.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is hugged by his wife Michelle Obama before his speech at a primary night rally in the gymnasium at the Nashua South High School on January 8, 2008 in Nashua, New Hampshire. Obama finished a projected 2nd place behind Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in the nation's first democratic primary

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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) (L) and his wife Michelle Obama backstage before speaking during a rally at the North Carolina State University arena May 6, 2008 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Obama won the North Carolina primary while his opponent Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) held an early lead in Indiana.

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Democratic presidential hopeful U.S Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) (D-IL) , his wife Michelle Obama stand together backstage at a rally near the Iowa state capitol building May 20, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa. Oregon and Kentucky held their Democratic primaries today, but Obama decided to attend a rally in the state where he won his first primary in January.

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Sasha Obama yawns during her father Barack Obama's speech as Michelle Obama holds her head on day four of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at Invesco Field at Mile High August 28, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. U.S. Sen.

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First lady Michelle Obama claps as her husband, US President Barack Obama, addresses the crowd at their first Inaugural Ball, the Neighborhood Ball on January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC. President Obama is hosting ten Inaugural Balls this eveing. Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States today, becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the US.

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First Lady Michelle Obama makes opening remarks as she and U.S. President Barack Obama host an evening of celebration in honor of musician Stevie Wonder's receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the East Room of the White House February 25, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama listens as she takes part in an awards ceremony to announce this year's recipients of the Secretary of State's Award for International Women of Courage at the State Department March 11, 2009 in Washington, DC. The awards were given to eight women from around the world who have shown leadership while struggling for social justice and human rights.

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In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L) meets with the First Lady of France Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at the Palais Rohan on April 3, 2009 in Strasbourg, France. The first lady's husband, President Obama, is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

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First lady Michelle Obama, along with congressional spouses and volunteers, fills plastic bags with non-perishable food items for distribution at the Capitol Area Food Bank for Feeding America on April 29, 2009 in Washington , D.C.

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Oprah Winfrey and First Lady Michelle Obama attends the Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala at Rose Hall - Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 5, 2009 in New York City.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama listens to the national anthen at the White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner on May 9, 2009 at the Washington Hilton hotel in Washington.

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First Lady Michelle Obama works in the garden harvesting ge on the South Lawn of the White House on October 29, 2009 in Washington, DC. First Lady Michelle Obama invited local school children to help with the fall vegetable harvest in the garden at the White House.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet parents, trick-or-treaters and local school children at the north portico of the White House during a Halloween celebration on October 31, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Obamas are celebrating their first Halloween in the White House by inviting students and military families over for the holiday.

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles from behind bullet proof glass on the balcony of the Grand Hotel after waving to the crowds who had gathered outside for the traditional torchlight procession on December 10, 2009 in Oslo, Norway. Obama today accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying he is humbled by the award and receives it with an 'acute sense' of the cost of war. Photographer:

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US First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside members of the 2009 National Championship Pee-Wee football team, the Watkins Hornets, speaks about her initiative, "Let's Move," a campaign to help combat childhood obesity, during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2010.

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First Lady Michelle Obama plays soccer with "Sportacus" an Iceland TV Series character during a "Let's Move" campaign with a free soccer clinic sponsored by the U.S. Soccer Foundation in Washington, DC on March 5, 2010. The first lady supports the effort to fight child obesity in the U.S. The Soccer Foundation will partner up with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and tour 25 US cities providing free soccer clinics and health clinics.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) poses with daughter Malia during the Annual Easter Egg Roll on April 5, 2010 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC. The first White House Easter Egg Roll took place in 1878, when president Rutherford Hayes invited local children to roll eggs on the South Lawn.The egg roll has been held at the White House every year apart from the dark days of World War I and World War II.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama walks out of the plane upon arrival at the Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City, on April 13, 2010. Obama was in Mexico in a three-day official visit.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama sings and dances with children during her visit to the "7 de Enero" primary public school in Mexico City on April 14, 2010. Mrs.Obama was in Mexico for a three-day visit

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama await the arrival of the Mexican President Felipe Calderon and Mrs. Margarita Zavala to this evenings State Dinner at the White House. Photos taken on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama invites Mexico's First Lady Margarita Zavala to the join her at the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring , Maryland. The school was awarded the USDAÕs Healthier US School Challenge Silver Award in 2009 and serves more than 400 Pre-K, Head Start, first and second grade students, many who come from Central America, South America, and other countries. The physical education program stresses cooperative games and ways to maintain health, and Head Start students eat “family style” lunches which build on social skills and respect for others. New Hampshire Estates also has a Mexican connection because they are partnered with a school in Mexico as part of the Monarch Butterfly Sister School Program. Photos taken on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama stands alongside Svetlana Medvedeva (not pictured), wife of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, following a performance titled "Artistic Interludes" in their honor at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, June 24, 2010.

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United States President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama walk out to speak at a Coast Guard base August 14, 2010 in Panama City Beach, Florida. The First Family is visiting the area to help promote tourism and check up on cleanup efforts from the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill.

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US President Barack Obama puts his arm around First Lady Michelle Obama during a round of mini golf at Pirate's Island Golf August 14, 2010 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama leaves after delivering remarks on the "Let's Move! initiative and its goal of solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation" during the 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month events of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washingtion, DC, on September 14, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

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First lady Michelle Obama greets the crowd at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 33rd Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center September 15, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama spoke at the event that Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actress Eva Longoria Parker were also scheduled to attend.

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US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle arrive at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards dinner in Washington September 18, 2010.

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First Lady Michelle Obama packs and give bags of food to area residents ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday at Martha's Table on November 24, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Obama family delivered turkeys and bags of food to needy families at Martha's Table, a 30-year-old non-profit that helps poor children, youth and families with food and clothing.

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US President Barack Obama and US First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the memorial event, "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2011. Obama is leading a tribute service for the six people who were killed and the 14 wounded in the assassination attempt on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was fighting for her life in hospital.

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US President Barack Obama, along with others, sings "Happy Birthday" to First Lady Michelle Obama as their daughters Malia and Sasha look on as they arrive to take part in a community service project at Stuart Hobson Middle School in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. day of service in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2011.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks as she joins business leaders from Walmart, an American public multinational corporation that runs a chain of large discount department stores and a chain of warehouse stores, for an announcement impacting food formulation, availability and affordability in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2011.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao for a State dinner at the White House January 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama and Hu met in the Oval Office earlier in the day.

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Michelle Obama appears on NBC News' "Today" show in February 2011.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shares a laugh with first lady Michelle Obama during the ceremony for the International Women of Courage Awards at the U.S. Department of State March 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. The award were given on the 100th anniversary of International Women’s' Day to 10 women recognized for their "courage and leadership as they fight for social justice, human rights and the advancement of women."

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US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama leave after a tour of Westminster Abbey in central London, on May 24, 2011. US President Barack Obama Tuesday basked in the lavish royal pageantry of a state visit to Britain, given an extra dash of glamour by a brief encounter with Prince William and his new bride Catherine. The president and his wife Michelle were welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and a 41-gun salute in the gardens of Buckingham Palace at the start of a two-day visit that will mix pomp with serious diplomacy.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) meets Catherine, the wife of Britain's Prince William, at Buckingham Palace, in central London, on May 24, 2011. US President Barack Obama Tuesday basked in the lavish royal pageantry of a state visit to Britain, given an extra dash of glamour by a brief encounter with Prince William and his bride Catherine. But the 24-hour demands that follow a US president everywhere shadowed the London pomp, as Obama took time out to say he was "heartbroken" at the toll of vicious tornados which ripped across the US midwest, killing 116 people

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US President Barack Obama poses with US First Lady Michelle Obama in the Music Room of Buckingham Palace ahead of a State Banquet on May 24, 2011 in London, England. The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his wife Michelle were in the UK for a two day State Visit at the invitation of HM Queen Elizabeth II.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to greet Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, for a reciprocal dinner at the Winfield House in London, on May 25, 2011. Obama and his wife Michelle enjoyed a regal welcome from Queen Elizabeth II, who has met every US president but one since the 1950s. Obama's visit, the second stop on a European tour, comes as Britain seeks to prove its staying power despite fading military might and Washington looks to retool its decades-old alliance with Europe as a catalyst for global action.

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U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and Hector Pieterson's sister Antoinette Sithole place a bouquet of flowers at the Hector Pieterson memorial site on June 22, 2011 in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. The First Lady, along with her daughters and mother, will be traveling in Africa from June 21 to the 26.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk from the Truman Balcony as they go to greets members of the crowd as he welcomes members of the White House staff and armed servicemen and women at an Independence Day barbeque on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The Obamas hosted the barbeque for members of the armed services and White House staff and their families.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama make their way to board Air Force One before departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, on September 11, 2011. The Obamas were in New York City to attend ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's 34th Annual Awards Gala at the Washington Convention Center on September 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama spoke about the $447 billion package of tax cuts as well as public spending and new jobs plan.

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First Lady Michelle Obama heads to the stage to talk to students and teachers at Annandale High School in Annandale, Virginia on October 13, 2011. As part of the Administration’s activities to welcome the President and First Lady of the Republic of Korea, and Mrs. Obama’s tradition of extending the reach of the State Visit beyond the gates of the White House, Mrs. Obama invites the Republic of Korea’s First Lady Kim Yoon-ok to Annandale High School in Virginia. Annandale is home to one of the largest Korean-American communities in the Washington area. Annandale High School’s 2,500 students derive from nearly 90 countries and speak over 50 languages. The school offers an International Baccalaureate program and is known for its musical and theater programs.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle wait for South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, October 13, 2011.

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US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle wait for leaders to arrive for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit leaders' dinner in Honolulu, Hawaii, on November 12, 2011. The United States is hosting this year's APEC forum for the first time since 1993, with leaders from the 21 member economies convening on the island of Oahu on November 12-13.

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First lady of the United States Michelle Obama attends WebMD town hall discussion at YMCA on February 10, 2012 in Homestead, Florida.

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins White House chef Sam Kass  at Kleberg-Rylie Recreation Center on February 10, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. Six Members of the tv series 'Top Chef' competed with members of the Dallas Cowboys football team in a healthy cooking competition.

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US First Lady Michelle Obama awaits the arrival of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha Cameron, prior to a State Dinner as part of an official visit on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, March 14, 2012.

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Singer Taylor Swift and First Lady Michelle Obama at Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at Galen Center on March 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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First lady Michelle Obama arrives to the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama arrives on August 13, 2012 to the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at the War Memorial Auditorium on August 22, 2012 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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First lady Michelle Obama claps after she exits the stage after speaking during day one of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 4, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC that will run through September 7, will nominate U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate.

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US. First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at Broward College on October 22, 2012 in Davie, Florida.

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U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with first lady Michelle Obama after his victory speech on election night at McCormick Place November 6, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Obama won reelection against Republican candidate, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

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First lady Michelle Obama stands on stage during an awards ceremony for the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in the East Room at the White House on November 19, 2012 in Washington, DC. The first lady talked about the importance of afterschool and out of school arts and humanities education and presented awards recognizing programs across the country that benefit underserved youth.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama (C) attend the Kennedy Center Honors at the Kennedy Center on December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Kennedy Center Honors recognized seven individuals - Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant - for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

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U.S. first lady Michelle Obama gestures as she meets a group of pregnant women during a visit at the U.S. Army Garrison at Vicenza, northern Italy, June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama arrives at Stansted Airport, southern England June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) stand for a portrait with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe at a State Dinner in their honor at the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wave from the Truman Balcony with their wives, Michelle Obama (2ndL) and Akie Abe, during an official arrival ceremony for the Abes on the White House South Lawn in Washington, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves as she arrives at Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap March 20, 2015. Obama is on a visit to Cambodia to promote Let Girls Learn, a worldwide initiative that aims to help adolescent girls attend school. Obama, while in Cambodia, and Bun Rany, the First Lady of Cambodia, will meet with high school students and hear directly how they benefit from community-led programs like the Peace Corps, according to the White House. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) meets with Akie Abe, wife of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, before an event discussing education for girls at the Iikura Guest House in Tokyo March 19, 2015. Michelle Obama flew in to Japan on Wednesday for a three-day visit as part of the Let Girls Learn international girls education initiative. REUTERS/Issei Kato
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama disembark from Air Force One as they arrive in New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly September 23, 2014. World leaders gather in New York this week to tackle a host of crises: the violence Islamic State militants are wreaking in Iraq and Syria, the exponential spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa and deadlocked negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TRANSPORT)
(L-R) Spain's Queen Letizia, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, Spain's King Felipe and U.S. President Barak Obama pose during a visit to the White House in Washington September 15, 2015. REUTERS/Francisco Gomez/Pool
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L) pose with Chinese President Xi Jinping (2nd R) and Madame Peng Liyuan as they arrive for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington September 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Theiler
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, with Britain's Prince Harry at her side, gives a young boy the game ball at the end of a basketball game played by wounded warriors at Fort Belvoir, Virginia October 28, 2015. Prince Harry is at Fort Belvoir to meet soldiers and spread the word about the Invictus Games, which supports wounded warriors. Prince Harry spearheaded the Invictus Games, which was first held in London last September. The next Invictus Games is planned for May in Orlando, Florida. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves as she leaves Doha, at Hamad International Airport, Qatar November 6, 2015. The First Lady did not fly to Jordan due to a weather call. The trip was cancelled after 36 hours of standing by in Doha, U.S. embassy in Doha said. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau as they arrive for a state dinner at the White House in Washington March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks before a group of schoolgirls in Buenos Aires, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) stands with the President and First Lady of the United States Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle ahead of a private lunch hosted by the Queen, in Windsor, Britain, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/John Stillwell/Pool
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose with Britain's Prince William, his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, upon arrival for dinner at Kensington Palace in London, Britain April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama depart Winfield House in London to have lunch with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle, Britain April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson (2nd R), Prime Minister of the Republic of Iceland and Mrs. Ingibjorg Elsa Ingjaldsdottir at a state dinner in the White House during the U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit in Washington, U.S. May 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his wife Mrs. Lee Hsien Loong to the White House in Washington U.S., August 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mary F. Calvert
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama waves during her speech at the first session at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
First lady Michelle Obama arrives for a back-to-school event with students at Howard University in Washington, U.S., September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
U.S. President Barack Obama and First lady Michelle Obama greet the audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama hosts Broadway Shines A Light on Girls' Education at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to a campaign rally accompanied by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S., October 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is joined by U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L), first lady Michelle Obama (L), former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) and Chelsea Clinton (2nd R) at a campaign rally on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 7, 2016, the final day of campaigning before the election. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Instead of snapping, Obama suggested using the close encounter to have "actual conversations" with the former First Couple, "which would be nice."

There will be plenty of photo opportunities, though, for those attendees who scored tickets for the star-studded concert that closes the Summit Wednesday night at Chicago's Wintrust Arena and features Chance the Rapper, The National, and Gloria Estefan.

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