From The President
President Obama in his weekly address said, “Today, like millions of Americans and Christians around the world, our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values He lived in his own life. Treating one another with love and compassion. Caring for those on society’s margins: the sick and the hungry, the poor and the persecuted, the stranger in need of shelter – or simply an act of kindness.”
In addition he said, “The spirit that binds us together – not just as Christians, but as Americans of all faiths. It’s what the holidays are about: coming together as one American family to celebrate our blessings and the values we hold dear.”
“During this season, we also honor all who defend those values in our country’s uniform. Every day, the brave men and women of our military serve to keep us safe – and so do their families,” he concluded.
Joining in on the address, the President’s wife Micelle Obama said, at the White House, they’ve spent the past month helping everyone to capture the holiday spirit.
She noted the White House theme this year is “A Timeless Tradition,” and also said, “The decorations in each room reflect some of our country’s most cherished pastimes – from saluting our troops and their families to helping children dream big dreams for their future.”
“And we’ve invited thousands of families here to the White House to enjoy the festivities – because there’s no holiday tradition more timeless than opening our doors to others.”
Both the President and his wife wish everyone Merry Christmas.
“May God bless our troops and their families. And may God bless you all with peace and joy in the year ahead,” the President concluded.
Davy Desmond, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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