President Obama met a giant robot giraffe at the White House

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President Obama met a 17-foot electric giraffe named Russell Wednesday as part of the White House Maker Faire on the South Lawn.

The event came as part of an effort to emphasize new tools and technologies to boost the economy and strengthen math and science education..

“We’ve got to make sure that more Americans have the skills and opportunities to land a job in a growing industry or to create entire new industries,” Obama said. “That’s why I’m declaring today a national day of making.”

More than 100 “makers” from 25 states were at the White House, among them Lindsay Lawlor of San Diego. Lawlor created Russell, a 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe powered by a hybrid fuel-engine motor and scoots around on wheels.

Also, the giraffe-bot is ticklish, because this is America and we build our robots to have feelings.

Not to be outdone, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11) bumped into none other than Bill Nye the Science Guy at the faire.

And for the record…

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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