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A History of Infamous Hugs

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You know that Obama-at-Harvard video that Andrew Breitbart was supposedly murdered over? Turns out its only revelation was that President Obama once hugged a professor who used to discuss racism, which, according to some conservatives, is damning evidence of Obama’s radicalism.  The truth is, hugs — as sweet and innocent as they can be in certain limited circumstances — have a long and dark history in American politics. Join us as we look back at some of these infamous hugs of doom.