It was dubbed "the best hashtag ever" as Twitter was deluged with the most endearing photos of President Obama playing with little children as the hashtag #ObamaAndKids took over social media. The trend was started by activist and entrepreneur Michael Skolnik.

Skolnik noted that a poignant photograph, in which a young child looks up at Obama in awe and admiration, perfectly illustrated how inspirational the first black President has been to young black children.

White House photographer Pete Souza took the extraordinary photo of President Obama greeting Clark Reynolds, 3, at an event celebrating Black History month.

Never thought when I tweeted this, with my 2 yr old on my lap, that #ObamaAndKids would trend worldwide. Thank you!! https://t.co/7tNc1f12ng

— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 20, 2016

The trend quickly caught on, as fans posted their feel-good photos of the doting President surrounded by hoards of adoring children. The candid images showed the President sat with a group of children on the lawn outside the White House, meeting masked Halloween visitors and welcoming children into the Oval office.

The President also goofs off and in one photo he is seen pointing out an unsuspecting child who had apparently fallen asleep during a speech, while in another he is disarmed by a mini Spiderman. Obama's natural warmth and affection was apparent in every photo as he comes down to the children's level.

\"I want to know if my hair is just like yours\"
An unforgettable #ObamaAndKids moment: https://t.co/fPkYIlMY6g pic.twitter.com/gJMUWTNnAh

— Kori Schulman (@ks44) February 20, 2016

There are also deeply moving moments, as when the President personally met with survivors and the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, to share their grief.

The heartwarming images of the President with the kids had Twitter users in raptures with many calling for an ObamaAndKids coffee table book to be published to mark the end of the presidency. "#ObamaAndKids priceless. Truly priceless and so revealing as to the man's character and heart," said one fan.

"There is an entire generation of young Americans who will talk about the time they met President Obama #ObamaAndKids" wrote another.

"If you need to smile today, may I direct you to #ObamaAndKids" Capturing the overriding sentiment one Twitter user commented: "ObamaAndKids Might be the best trending topic ever. Positivity unites."

While another asked: "Is there anything better than #ObamaAndKids ??"

The First Lady Michelle Obama also got caught up with the trend and shared a photo of the President with the couple's own children, with the caption: "Can't help but smile.' #ObamaAndKids".

#ObamaAndKids Might be the best trending topic ever. Positivity unites.

— Cinnamon H (@CinnamonHH) February 20, 2016

Search #ObamaAndKids for instant mood boost pic.twitter.com/6G2ZSWMHUD

— tricerapops (@tricerapops) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids and this, you guys pic.twitter.com/MmfbR6W3xz

— WriterGirlDaisysMom (@Very_Heather) February 20, 2016

I will love this picture forever... #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/Ifd7CU2FZ4

— TDM (@taiwoDM) February 20, 2016

Ok but #ObamaAndKids is trending and just looking at these pictures is making my heart so full wow.

— sav (@samagsby) February 20, 2016

My fave hashtag EVER! #ObamaAndKids What\'s not to love about this man? #SoGonnaMissHim pic.twitter.com/nJGjidK8tn

— Jackie (@LiberalMmama) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids compassion towards Sandy Hook survivors pic.twitter.com/Cl8ejXogy4

— Mildred Boveda (@bovrd) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids the Presidential Fist Bump pic.twitter.com/JWesZICFuJ

— Mike Austin (@Mike2Austin) February 20, 2016

Criticize if you like, but this presidency has done a lot of good.#ObamaAndKids https://t.co/3ziLWxlfmm pic.twitter.com/snUMtRTwz5

— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) February 20, 2016

Two adorable @petesouza shots: #ObamaAndKids performing a cultural dance at Dillingham Middle School in Alaska. pic.twitter.com/RsdBWTkzuL

— Paulette Aniskoff (@PAniskoff44) February 20, 2016

I really love all the pics of POTUS with his niece Savita, too. #ObamaAndKids (all photos by Pete Souza.) pic.twitter.com/SQIsNdhu7T

— Nicole Chung (@nicole_soojung) February 20, 2016

Surely one of our favorite #ObamaAndKids photo. pic.twitter.com/Q95TlCGafk

— US Embassy Ghana (@USEmbassyGhana) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids hard to beat the Spiderman pic pic.twitter.com/5Igbg0wuyp

— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids One of my absolute favs. pic.twitter.com/qne8uEbnRQ

— LiberalPhenom (@LiberalPhenom) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids This has to be the funniest one! pic.twitter.com/0hShM9GdDg

— Cheryl G (@steakhousegirl) February 20, 2016

#obamaAndKids is a really good hashtag pic.twitter.com/KTFTQEdZ55

— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids
The MY Brother\'s Keeper mentees are on the way to being men, but let\'s remember they\'re still kids pic.twitter.com/f3gbDfAMnC

— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) February 20, 2016

#ObamaAndKids Obama responded to a Letter I wrote him when I was like 10. It was the best thing ever to me. pic.twitter.com/lQDpBUkKkw

— Trāst :$ (@TrastYT) February 20, 2016

Writing a school excuse note for a lovely White House visitor. #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/K8CoGYdgo8

— BCarrz (@bcarrz) February 20, 2016

Is there anything better than #ObamaAndKids ??

— matildabress (@matildabress) February 20, 2016

I step away for a few mins& we have the most adorable heartwarming hashtag.I shall not be excluded #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/Nu7DPYoeZ7

— Kódi (@IamPhreedah) February 20, 2016

@MichaelSkolnik Let\'s not forget Obama BEING a total kid #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/9t273uoZD1

— Nathan Blaisdell (@nablais) February 20, 2016

Girl Power #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/lHddQK1gdv

— Peace Is Active (@peaceisactive) February 20, 2016

One of our favorite memories. #ObamaAndKids Photo by @petesouza pic.twitter.com/I0NfOwZjih

— Kid President (@iamkidpresident) February 20, 2016

Can\'t help but smile. #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/uJlOxLDCXj

— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) February 20, 2016