Tim Harris of 'Tim's Place' hugs President Obama

Updated: 08/01/2014 9:31 AM | Created: 08/01/2014 9:28 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

A well-known Albuquerque restaurateur and Special Olympian gave President Obama one of his famous hugs on Thursday night.

During a dinner celebrating the 46th anniversary of the Special Olympics, the president singled out four-sport Special Olympian Tim Harris, who owns Tim's Place in Albuquerque.

"Tim's fired up. Although Tim, I didn't get a hug. Come on, man," Obama teased during his speech.

Tim then walked up to the podium and delivered a big hug.

"Presidents need some encouragement every once in a while too. That felt really good, that was nice. Thank you Tim," the president said.

Obama spoke about the importance of the Special Olympics, which includes more than 4 million athletes from around the world.

"What all these people represent is what the Special Olympics is all about. Overcoming obstacles with love and kindness and generosity and healthy competition. It's about pride, it's about teamwork, it's about friendship and it's about treating everybody with dignity and giving everybody a chance," the president said.

See the hug in the video below around 4:05. On a mobile device? Click here to watch.

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