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Barack Obama plays groomsman hours before farewell speech

Written by Katie Byrne, published 11th january



He gave his farewell speech in Chicago less than 24 hours ago - and now, photos have emerged of Barack Obama acting as an usher at the wedding of his personal aide, Marvin Nicholson.

Marvin - who is also White House trip director - married his long-time love Helen Pajcic in a celebration that was held in Jacksonville, Florida, over the weekend.

The previous night had seen Barack celebrate the end of his presidency at a star-studded bash held at the White House, which ended at 4am - just a few hours before he began the journey to Florida.

President Obama wasn't the only political figure invited to play a part in the wedding: Secretary of State John Kerry officiated the ceremony, which took place in front of a beautiful floral arch.

Photos obtained by News4JAX show Obama beaming alongside three other ushers, as well as five bridesmaids. 

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Speaking to the news site about Obama's involvement in the wedding, Helen's father, Steve Pajcic, commented: "[Obama] is really such a good person, a nice, good, real person, which we knew from the beginning, which is demonstrated by the fact that come hell or high water he was going to be at this wedding as a groomsman for his friend Marvin".

Steve explained Obama tried to keep out of the limelight at the couple's celebration, explaining: "He wanted to make sure he wasn't stealing the thunder from Helen and Marvin".

The newlyweds are believed to have foregone a honeymoon in order to allow Marvin to finalise the details of Barack's trip to Chicago, where he delivered yesterday's speech.

Images: Facebook/WJXT4 The Local Station / News4JAX


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