Photos of Barack Obama Petting a Dog Can Get Us Through Even the Most Stressful of Times

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Whether he’s inspiring hope among downtrodden citizens, playing with kids, pets, or simply chilling in fast casual restaurants around the country, we can’t get enough of President Obama‘s heartwarming disposition. As he celebrates his 53rd birthday today, he’s still juggling international crises and humanitarian issues here at home. However, since he’s so level-headed, he’s always been able to quell any anxiety we may have.

He also visits Chipotle, listens to Beyoncé, and puts up with Zach Galifianakis. What’s not to love? With Congress currently taking its annual recess, we sincerely hope Barry O. is enjoying his day and getting through any episodes of House of Cards lingering on his Netflix queue. Since we appreciate his ability to keep us calm, we’ve compiled photos of Obama’s most comforting moments. Because the sight of POTUS petting a fluffy dog is a birthday gift to us.

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