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Republicans took the Senate but Barack Obama got to hold a koala

The G20 Summit is being held in Brisbane, Australia this year. The result? President Obama got to hold a koala:

pbama koala

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I think by any measure 2014 has been a bad year for Obama but this has to make it at least a wash.

No word yet on whether this was the koala specially trained to deliver hugs. (In case you find yourself in position to hug a koala sometime soon, remember that the "most important rule [in koala hugging] is pretending to be a tree").