Weekly Address: Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady

Weekly Address: Happy Holidays from the President and First Lady


The President:
Merry Christmas everybody. Now we’re not going to
take up too much of your time because today’s
about family and being together with the
ones you love. And luckily for me that
means I get a little help on the Weekly
Address as well. Mrs. Obama:
The holidays at the White House are such a
wonderful time of year. We fill the halls
with decorations, Christmas trees,
and carolers. And this year we
invited more than 65,000 people
to join us. Our theme was, “A Children’s
Winter Wonderland.” And Americans young and
old had a chance to come together and
celebrate the season. The President:
And today our family will join millions across
the country in celebrating the birth of Jesus. The birth of not just
a baby and in a manger but the message that
has changed the world. To reach out to the sick,
the hungry, the troubled, and above all else to love
one another as we would be loved ourselves. Mrs. Obama:
We hope that this holiday season will be a chance
for us to live out that message. To bridge our differences
and lift up our family, friends, and neighbors. And to reconnect
with the values that bind us together. And as a country that
also means celebrating and honoring those who
have served and sacrificed for all of us. Our troops, veterans,
and their families. The President:
In just a few days our combat mission in
Afghanistan will be over. Our longest war will come
to a responsible end. And that gives us an
opportunity to step back and reflect upon all that
these families have given us. We’re able to gather with
family and friends because our troops are willing to
hug theirs goodbye and step forward to serve. After a long day we can
come home because they’re willing to leave their
families and deploy. We can celebrate the
holidays because they’re willing to
miss their own. Mrs. Obama:
And so as our troops continue to transition back
home, back to our businesses, our schools, our
congregations, and our communities, it’s up to
all of us to serve them as well as they’ve
served us. And you can visit
joiningforces.gov to find out how you can honor
and support the troops, veterans, and military
families in your communities. That’s something we can
do not only during the holiday season but
all year around. The President:
So Merry Christmas everybody. May God bless you
all and we wish you and your family a happy
and healthy 2015.

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