There may well be cases where mental illness has set in and become so drastic that hugs alone would be comically insufficient.
Basically, Hillary hugs the Pentagon, the generals, and Gates himself.
Later, a burly older man comes in, and Harlo squeals and hugs him.
1560s, hugge "to embrace," of unknown origin; perhaps from Old Norse hugga "to comfort," from hugr "courage, mood," from Proto-Germanic *hugjan, related to Old English hycgan "to think, consider," Gothic hugs "mind, soul, thought." Other have noted the similarity in some senses to German hegen "to foster, cherish," originally "to enclose with a hedge." Related: Hugged; hugging. The noun was originally (1610s) a hold in wrestling. Meaning "affectionate embrace" is from 1650s.