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Barack Obama Dressed As Santa To Visit Sick Kids In Hospital

The halls of a children's hospital in the US have been lit up with some special and rather unexpected Christmas cheer.

Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to the Children's National Medical Centre in Washington DC on Wednesday.

Wearing a fluffy Santa hat, and with a sack of presents over his shoulder, the former US president popped into rooms to surprise young patients and deliver presents (along with some of his signature dance moves).

"I just want to say thank you to all of you guys," he said to a crowded waiting room. 

"We’ve had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families."

"At a time that is obviously tough for folks and as the dad of two girls ... to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them and looking after them and listening to them .... and holding their hand, that’s the most important thing there is."

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The hospital later thanks Obama for making the kids' day "so much brighter".

The former president is known for his traditional holiday moves at this time of year.

Last year, Obama visited the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, a safe haven for young people, with a similar message.

And just last month, he paid an unannounced visit to the Greater Chicago Food Depository in Chicago where he helped to prepare Thanksgiving meals.

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Featured image: Children's National Medical Centre