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Obama gets emotional while thanking staff

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People are buzzing about a new video that has surfaced Thursday of President Obama in tears.

The video captures a rare behind-the-scenes moment, as an emotional president thanked his Chicago staffers and volunteers.

Wednesday, at the Obama for America headquarters, as he reminisced with staff about first moving to Chicago in the 1980s and how grateful he is to them, his famous self-control finally cracked.

Some of those who cheered so loudly when he appeared Wednesday have been working at Barack Obama's Downtown campaign headquarters for four years. They've come from every corner of the country, much as he himself did.

"I first moved to Chicago at the age of 25. And I had this vague inkling about making a difference. I didn't really know how to do it. I didn't have a structure," Obama says.

The President thanked the staffers for providing the structure that's now helped him win two terms in the White House, and couldn't contain his emotions.

"I'm really proud of all of you, the president says, clearly emotional. "The most important thing you need to know is that your journey is just beginning."

Thursday's stop in that journey is a party continuing on the second floor of the Fairmont Hotel. Sue Ross of suburban Elmhurst worked 14 months at the President's headquarters.

"He's a guy who looks at times like he has ice water in his veins," Ross comments. "We certainly appreciate what he's done for us as a country."

The President's close friend and advisor David Axelrod was watching as the President broke down.

"I was moved by his words. And I was moved by watching the faces of those young people--what they had accomplished," Axelrod said.

Axelrod says that in the 20 years he's known the President, he could recall only a handful of times when he'd seen him tear up, notably when his grandmother died just before Election Day in 2008.

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