President Obama talks about when he tears up

President Barack Obama, interviewed by David Axelrod in the podcast The Axe Files, December 2016, Ep. 108

“There are two things that can get me teary. One is talking about my daughters or seeing my daughters. And the second is my team. You remember after 2012, when I went over to the campaign office and I saw all those kind who had been working so hard and it is the same kind of emotion that stirs up – this deep gratitude for their devotion and, I think, an appreciation that even though from their perspective I am the one inspiring them, in fact all I am doing is drawing from their energy. They are the ones inspiring me. I am reflecting back what is inside of them, which is just a lot of goodness and a lot of heart and idealism. That gets me choked up.”