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. 

US President Barack Obama(R) and Lindsay Lawlor view Lawlor's robotic giraffe while viewing Maker Faire projects on the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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

US President Barack Obama and Lindsay Lawlor view Lawlor's robotic giraffe while viewing Maker Faire projects on the South Lawn of the White House on June 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Joe's going to be so jealous.