9:57 am Nov. 9, 2012
Here's Barack Obama tearfully thanking his campaign staff immediately after the election, in a video that was posted yesterday and seen more than a million times.
It was a rare public display of emotion for Obama, who has been caricatured as cold and aloof.
"It's not that you guys actually remind me of myself," he said. "It's that you are so much better than I was."
He got teary when he said, "Even before last night's results, I felt the work that I had done in running for office had come full circle. Because what you guys have done means the work that I am doing is important. I'm really proud of that. I'm really proud of all of you."
After wiping a tear away, he said, "What you guys have accomplished will go on in the annals of history and people will read about and marvel about it, but the most important thing you need to know is that your journey is just begining. You're just starting."
It was a more graceful send-off, arguably, than his campaign workers got after the previous election.
After Obama spoke for about five minutes, the crowd cheered and he walked away.
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