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Obama hugs Michelle, and makes Facebook history

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - It was a moving photo like countless others on Facebook, but the caption "four more years" said it all - United States President Barack Obama had won re-election, and was about to make social media history.

After a months-long, gruelling presidential campaign fought both off- and online, Mr Obama sealed his tech-savvy reputation late Tuesday by announcing his victory over Republican foe Mitt Romney on Twitter and Facebook with the photo.

By early Wednesday, the shot of a smiling Mr Obama holding his wife Michelle in a loving embrace had already broken records on both social networks - bringing to a climax a hard-fought online campaign for supporters and votes.

"This Barack Obama photo is the most-liked Facebook photo of all time," the social network announced Wednesday, as it clocked up more than 3.5 million "likes".

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