Marine baby creates commotion with President Obama


President Obama laughs as 8-month-old Cooper Wagner puts his hand in the president's mouth on Christmas. (Associated Press photo)

Once again, a reminder: Children are unpredictable.

Marine Capt. Greg Wagner and his wife, Meredith, saw that firsthand on Christmas as President Obama visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii. While the couple took a photograph with the president, their 8-month-old son, Cooper, put his hand in Obama’s mouth.

Meredith said this morning on Good Morning America that she was “mortified” at the time, even though it appears that Obama laughed it all off.

“I was mortified,” she said. “I was embarrassed.”

Capt. Wagner gave the president credit for keeping things light.

“He kind of laughed and said that Cooper looked up and saw his big nose and just wanted to get a hold of it,” the Marine told GMA. “He played it off really well and got a good chuckle.”

Here’s video of the moment:



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  1. I am thinking that moments before young Cooper had a sock in that hand…one is never too young to make a political statement…

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