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Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Extend a Holiday Greeting and Thank our Troops for their Service
WASHINGTON, DC—In this week’s address, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops and their families for their service. The President and First Lady asked the American people to visit JoiningForces.gov to find ways to honor and support our veterans and military families, and said that we must all come together, as we always do, to care for each other during this holiday season....
Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
The White House
December 22, 2012
THE PRESIDENT: Hi everybody. This weekend, as you gather with family and friends, Michelle and I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays.
THE FIRST LADY: We both love this time of year. And there’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays at the White House. It’s an incredible experience and one that we try to share with as many folks as possible.
This month, more than 90,000 people have come through the White House to see the holiday decorations. And our theme for this year’s holiday season was “Joy to All” – a reminder to appreciate the many joys of the holidays: the joy of giving…the joy of service…and, of course, the joy of homecomings.
THE PRESIDENT: That’s right. This weekend, parents are picking up their kids from college – and making room for all that laundry they bring with them. Children are counting down the hours until the grandparents arrive. And uncles, aunts and cousins are all making their way to join the family and share in the holiday spirit.
THE FIRST LADY: That’s what makes this season so special – getting to spend time with the people we love most.
THE PRESIDENT: And this year, that’s especially true for some of our military families. You see, the war in Iraq is over. The transition in Afghanistan is underway. After a decade of war, our heroes are coming home. And all across America, military families are reuniting.
So this week let’s give thanks for our veterans and their families. And let’s say a prayer for all our troops – especially those in Afghanistan – who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear.
THE FIRST LADY: And remember, when our men and women in uniform answer the call to serve, their families serve right along with them. Across this country, military spouses have been raising their families all alone during those long deployments. And let’s not forget about our military kids, moving from base to base – and school to school – every few years, and stepping up to help out at home when mom or dad is away.
Our military families sacrifice so much on our behalf, and Barack and I believe that we should serve them as well as they serve this country. That’s why Dr. Jill Biden and I started Joining Forces – an effort to rally all Americans to honor and support our veterans and military families. Just go to joiningforces.gov to find out how you can show your gratitude for their service.
THE PRESIDENT: Because that’s what this season is all about. For my family and millions of Americans, it’s a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. To reflect on His life and learn from His example. Every year, we commit to love one another. To give of ourselves. To be our brother’s keeper. To be our sister’s keeper. But those ideas are not just part of our faith. They’re part of all faiths. And they unite us as Americans.
THE FIRST LADY: In this country, we take care of each other. And in this season of giving, it’s inspiring to see so many people all across America taking the time to help those most in need.
THE PRESIDENT: That’s part of what makes us such a compassionate nation. And this year, I know many of you are extending that kindness to the families who are still picking up the pieces from Hurricane Sandy and your prayers to the people of Newtown, Connecticut.
THE FIRST LADY: So thank you for all that you’ve done this year on behalf of your fellow Americans.
THE PRESIDENT: And on behalf of my favorite Americans – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – Merry Christmas, everybody.
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Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 05:27:45By: Anonymous
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Mr. President! Thank you for your service to our country. I hope you and your family have an enjoyable break away from work.
Also, remember: "Illegitimum non carborundum..." Meaning, "Don't let the bastards grind you down!"
Please stick by your guns for the middle class. Thanks you!
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 08:18:51By: Anonymous
Yes I too hope he enjoys a nice warm relaxing vacation in Hawaii at the taxpayer's expense while people at home are struggling to pay their heating and grocery bills in the rain and 40 degree weather. NOT
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 08:46:22By: Anonymous
It's House Repubs who ought to be skipping the holidays so as to hammer out the difficulties they are having with accepting the reality that their candidate did not win, they do not have a mandate, and the President (the guy who DID win the election) has no reason to cave in to their absurd demands. If we go over the fiscal curb (the "cliff" bit is GOP hype, btw), they will be the ones who end up with stink all over them.
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 10:32:56By: Anonymous
If your home base was Hawaii, isn't that be where you would head for Christmas.Or TimBuckToo or Florida. It's great to return home for Christmas ,where ever home may be. Stop being a grinch. Or you may find coal in your stocking
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 08:37:47By: Anonymous
HAHAHAHA!! "Stick by your guns...." Good one!! HAHA!! Yeah, it should by sticky and warm in Hawaii.... Goofball politics! Spend, spend, spend this Country into bankruptcy. Rather, stand for convictions AMERICAN PATRIOTS and stop increased taxation and DEMAND cuts in spending, dramatic cuts!! Go America.... For a change!!!
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 10:33:35By: Anonymous
Hmm... cut spending, cut the economic engine... it's that simple! more taxes AND more more spending will get us back to the Clintonian era of prosperity. Obama is taking us there, but tooooo sloooooooow because of the Repubes!!!
Re: Merry Christmas, Mr. President! Posted on: 2012-12-23 10:38:53By: Anonymous
I would only pray to whomever you think the highest power is that they take all you stupid stupid people away. Maybe the rapture needs to happen today. Maybe y'all can shoot Jesus with an AK on his return.
No Subject Posted on: 2012-12-23 11:41:56By: Anonymous
Leave it to the same bunch of blowhard political junkies who apparently having nothing better to do with their time than post on Pine Tree (no offense, Kim and John.)
You've taken a simple warm-hearted holiday message and turned it into yet another excuse to rant and rave and cram your views down other peoples' throats.
Why don't you instead spend your time finding a soldier to thank, or go find your children/grandchildren and give them a hug. Go wish someone Happy Holidays.
Well I'm refreshed to know that your thoughts are so much more thoughtful and caring then the rest of us blowhards? One would actually think that the Obama's would head to Chicago for Christmas but who really gives a rats ass? I don't care where he goes for Christmas but I do take exception to this particular trip. It seems to this blowhard that there is much unfinished business to do in Washington before we spiral off the imaginary cliff. The President deserves his time off but he has a responsibility to the American people (all of them) to work thru what on the surface seems to be a major crisis. I know that this blowhard would reconsider a 2 week vacation under these circumstances. It is time for Obama to lead, something his Presidency has lacked. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and we will see each other at the bottom of the cliff.
You can stick the racist charge up your a--! It is not racist to question our President and his inability to be a leader. Now let's talk about the Congress. They are pathetic as well and should be working on this issue thru the Holidays. I didn't hear the Congressmen/women on the left screaming to stay in session, did you? Try taking a deep breathe and stop blaming everything on race, this is an American issue. The racist charge just shows your lack of knowledge of the issues and is a typical attack from you lefty whacks.
Re: what? Posted on: 2012-12-24 06:13:21By: Anonymous
What he said was:
"We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."
Of course, what kind of nation we are and what kind of government we have are two entirely separate matters. Our Constitution is quite explicit on this: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof".
About 76% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. A few of these are extremists whose values do not include any tolerance whatsoever for other beliefs, and who would be eager to see this country become a theocracy. I find that prospect to be equally chilling whether the reins of power were to end up in the hands of so-called "Christian" or extremists of some other flavor. The Abrahamic religions all have lousy track records when it comes to compassionate management of human affairs.
Re: what? Posted on: 2012-12-24 06:15:17By: Anonymous
Since a law was passed making Christmas a national holiday and we all know what Christmas is about I would say we have a separation of church and state problem. No government office should be closed because of this day.
Re: what? Posted on: 2012-12-24 08:31:09By: Anonymous
No one is compelled to participate in religious practices. It's just a day off work. If a majority of government employees choose to use that day to observe a religious holiday, that's their business. It swings both ways. The First Amendment also fobids government from prohibiting the free exercise of religion, and current policy at all levels of goverment is to adhere to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees on the basis of religion. This may include providing "reasonable accomodation", such as time off work, unless the employer can establish that doing so would result in "undue hardship" on the business activity. That a majority of Americans (about 76%) identify themselves as Christians makes this a simple matter where the Christmas and Easter holidays are concerned.