A Visual Guide to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's Lackluster Hugging History

Since there will likely be no photographic evidence of today's reconciliatory clasp, let's look back at some of Barack and Hillary's friendly, totally non-political, 100 percent genuine hugs.

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Hillary Clinton reached out to President Obama on Tuesday to clear things up after criticizing elements of his foreign policy during an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic

"[Nothing] she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill told Politico in a statement yesterday. "... She looks forward to hugging it out when ... they see each other tomorrow night," he added. 

Unfortunately, The White House said that the press would not be invited to document what can only be expected to be a beautiful, earth-shattering embrace. Since there will likely be no photographic evidence of the reconciliatory clasp, let's look back at some of Barack and Hillary's friendly, totally non-political, 100 percent genuine hugs and rank them in order from best to worst. 

1. The Happy Hug

Obama shares a laugh with Clinton before speaking to a joint session of Congress in 2009. (Reuters)

Hillary's eyes closed in bliss. Barack's eyes fixed on Hillary. The laughter. The joy. Okay, so this may not be the most conventional "hug" but it's the best of the group. 

2. The "I'm Proud Of You, Honey" Hug

Clinton congratulates Obama during the 2012 Presidential Inauguration. (Reuters)

Hillary is doing a Presidential job of faking happiness at the 2012 inauguration.

3. The "Gimme Some Sugar" Hug

Obama kisses Hillary after giving the 2012 State of the Union Address. (The Associated Press)

There's nothing like a big, wet, Presidential kiss to take a hug to a whole new level.

4. The "Put On A Brave Face" Hug

Obama and Hillary greet each other at a Democratic Presidential Debate in 2008. (The Associated Press)

They probably didn't like each other much during the heated 2008 campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination, but they gave this debate audience their best.

5. The Classic Hug

Candidate Obama hugs Clinton at a campaign rally in October20, 2008. (The Associated Press)

Nothing inspiring. But a solid effort. This hug passes, but not with flying colors.

6. The Side Hug

The Associated Press

Technically this hug is a disaster: sideways embraces can never be top notch hugs. That being said, at least Barack and Hillary look like they're letting their guard down.

7. The "Are We Going To Kiss?" Hug

Obama greets Clinton before a foreign policy speech on May 19, 2011. (Reuters)

Let this be a reminder that when going in for a hug, pivot your head right or left, but ALWAYS avoid the center.

8. The "I Don't Know You Like That" Hug

Hillary introduces Obama at a campaign rally on June 27, 2008. (The Associated Press)

Hillary may have been ready to unite the Democratic party after conceding the nomination for president to Obama, but that doesn't mean she's ready to take it to the next level.

8. The "I'd Rather Kiss The Air Than You, Asshole" Hug

Candidate Obama greets Clinton at Reagan National Airport on June 27, 2008. (The Associated Press)

There's no core body contact here and Hillary is NOT looking happy. Grade: F

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