Obama Tickled a 17-Foot Robotic Giraffe Today

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President Obama, Russell the robot giraffe and Lindsay Lawlor, the robot's creator and owner of a two-toned ponytail. Photo: Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images

As a part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire (!?), President Obama met a robotic giraffe named Russell on the South Lawn today. “Hehehe, that tickles,” the 17-foot-tall, 2,200-pound robot said when the leader of the free world scratched its chin. 

The president taking the time to meet Russell and its creatively coiffed creator is a surprising turn given Joe Biden’s status as the both White House’s resident robot fan and designated tickler. 

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But when the veep’s away, other people get to play.

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Joe’s going to be so jealous.