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'Oh My God, It Is Obama': Alaska Mom, Baby Meet Ex-President

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    'Oh My God, It Is Obama': Alaska Mom, Baby Meet Ex-President
    Jolene Jackinsky via AP
    In this July 3, 2017 photo provided by Jolene Jackinsky, former U.S. President Barack Obama holds Jackinsky's 6-month-old baby girl while posing for a selfie with the pair at a waiting area at Anchorage International Airport, in Anchorage, Alaska. Jackinsky said Obama walked up to her and asked, "Who is this pretty girl?"

    An Alaska mother is cherishing cellphone photos she snapped of her wide-eyed 6-month-old baby in the arms of former President Barack Obama.

    Jolene Jackinsky was at Anchorage International Airport on Monday looking for an airline when she ended up in a waiting area for private flights where a man she thought looked like Obama was sitting.

    "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.

    Obama then walked up to her and asked "Who is this pretty girl?"

    Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images

    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.

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    Police in St. Louis arrested more than 80 people and confiscated at least five weapons after violence broke out following peaceful protests, the police chief said Monday.

    "People setting out to do damage are being arrested, and these criminals we've arrested should be held accountable and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Acting Police Commissioner Lawrence O'Toole during a press conference early Monday morning. "We're in control, this is our city and we are going to protect it."

    The protests are in response to a recent not guilty verdict for an ex-police officer who was charged with first-degree murder.

     

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    "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."

    Associated Press writer Rachel D'Oro in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report.