Alaska mom, baby, in rare  encounter with Obama


When Jolene Jackinsky set out for  the Anchorage International Airport on Monday to look for an airline, little did she know that fate had something remarkable for her. And when she ended up in a waiting area for private flights, nothing also prepared her for the unusual encounter she would have with one of the most powerful men in the world

And suddenly, the man she had thought looked like Obama and was sitting walked up to her and asked “Who is this pretty girl?”

“As I got closer, I thought: Oh my God, it is Obama,” she recalled Friday from Newhalen, a small Alaska village where she’s vacationing.

They chatted about how fast children grow while Obama carried baby Giselle.

Jackinsky took a few photos of a smiling Obama carrying Giselle, who was wearing a straw hat with a white ribbon.

Obama told them he was headed home from a vacation, Jackinsky said.

Airport officials were not immediately available Friday evening after work hours to confirm that Obama had stopped there.

When Giselle’s father approached, Obama joked, “I’m taking your baby,” Jackinsky said.

Giselle was calm and content during the brief encounter, Jackinsky said. “It was only five minutes but it was a moment that will last forever,” she said.

She posted the photos on Facebook and has not stopped cherishing cellphone photos she snapped of her wide-eyed 6-month-old baby in the arms of former President Barack Obama.

The elated mom sad “I think it’s unreal and pretty exciting that I get to have a picture with him and my baby,” she said. “Not a lot of people get to meet him.”



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