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Mid-South baby sticks his hand in Obama's mouth

President Obama tries not to get all of eight-month-old Cooper Wagner's hand in his mouth while posing for pictures in Hawaii on Christmas. (Source: CNN) President Obama tries not to get all of eight-month-old Cooper Wagner's hand in his mouth while posing for pictures in Hawaii on Christmas. (Source: CNN)

(WMC-TV) – When a baby stole the show from President Barack Obama during a photo op this week in Hawaii it captured hearts and attention around the country. And that baby has Mid-South connections.

Greg Wagner, an officer in the Marine Corps and a decorated war veteran, was born and raised in Memphis. Yet for all his accomplishments, his infant son has become far more famous.

"He's just very curious and very outgoing for his age," said Jimmy Wagner, the eight-month-old's grandfather.

On Christmas Day, the infant son of two Memphis natives got to have lunch with President Obama and promptly gave him a mouthful, sticking his hand in the Commander in Chief's mouth.

"Of course, I went numb. I went numb," said his grandfather. "He did what? To the president? Uh, okay."

Jimmy Wagner asked his son, Capt. Greg Wagner, to have a polite, subtle photo of Cooper with the president.

But that's not how things went.

"Cooper threw the subtlety out the window," the elder Wagner said. "There's no subtlety to this. There's just not a subtlety to putting your hand in the president's mouth."

It's been anything but subtle since, too.

A video clip of the hand in mouth incident hit the Today Show. A photo of Cooper and the president are his mom and dad's Facebook profile picture.

And it's the photo of the day on the president's 2012 campaign Facebook page, racking up more than a thousand comments and eight times as many likes.

"Cooper is just being Cooper," his grandfather said. "I really think he was just trying to give him a Mid-South Welcome."

Yes, a picture's worth a thousand words, especially when kids do the darndest things.

Cooper's mom Meredith is also a native Memphian and her parents say they're thrilled their grandson is getting all the positive attention.

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