Barack Obama pays visit to D.C. children's hospital, as Santa

PHOTO: Children's National

Former President Barack Obama received a warm welcome on Wednesday when he arrived at Children's National Medical Center in Northwest DC, dressed as Santa Claus.

The hospital called the visit a "surprise" in a tweet, and a video they posted showed a gathered crowd in the hospital hallway cheering for the 44th president.

"Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the extraordinary kids, families, and staff at Children’s National," Obama tweeted in response. "And thanks for humoring me as your stand-in Santa."

Last week, the hospital had a Christmas visit from first lady Melania Trump, a FLOTUS tradition that dates back nearly a century.

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