Happy Holidays & Thank You to Our Troops

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December 22, 2012

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 eachother during this holiday season.

Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
Weekly Address
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 PRESIDENTAnd on behalf of my favorite Americans – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – Merry Christmas, everybody.

THE FIRST LADY:  Happy holidays.

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23 Responses to Happy Holidays & Thank You to Our Troops

  1. CR says:

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    Saturday, December 22, 2012

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
    Kailua, Hawaii (50th State)

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  2. CR says:

    December 22, 2012

    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 eachother during this holiday season.

    Remarks of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
    Weekly Address
    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 PRESIDENTAnd on behalf of my favorite Americans – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo – Merry Christmas, everybody.

    THE FIRST LADY:  Happy holidays.

    • CR says:

      SECDEF and Mrs. Panetta’s 2012 Holiday Greetings

      Published on Dec 17, 2012

      Leon E. Panetta, Secretary of Defense, and Mrs. Sylvia M. Panetta thank service members for their service and sacrifice in their annual holiday greeting.

    • CR says:

      Chairman & Mrs. Dempsey’s (and Family) Holiday Message

      Published on Dec 17, 2012

      Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Mrs. Deanie Dempsey share (and sing) their holiday thanks and wishes for service members and their families.

    • CR says:

      President meets with Marines; will return to D.C. Wednesday

      POSTED: 04:50 p.m. HST, Dec 25, 2012 By Mary Vorsino – StarAdvertiser

      President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with Marines this afternoon at Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay.

      The president wished the troops a “Merry Christmas!” and thanked them for their service.

      “On behalf of Michelle and myself and my whole family … we’d like to say thank you for the extraordinary work and service that you guys do each and every day,” Obama told the crowd.

      About 450 Marines and their families were gathered in Anderson Hall for a Christmas meal and the visit from the president.

      After addressing the crowd, the president and first lady posed for pictures with attendees. The photos were taken by the White House photographer.

      Meeting with troops on Christmas Day has become a tradition for the Obamas.

      Meanwhile, the White House said the president will return to Washington Wednesday night as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.

      Obama could fly back to the nation’s capital at 10 p.m. Wednesday, just five days after arriving in Hawaii. In the past, the president’s end-of-the-year holiday in his native state has stretched into the new year.

      Automatic budget cuts and tax increases are set to begin in January. So far, the president and congressional Republicans have been unable to reach agreement on any alternatives.

      Obama and his family are spending the holiday at a rented home near Honolulu. White House officials have not released the details of the Obamas’ Christmas Day activities.

      • CR says:

        December 25, 2012

        Remarks by the President to Servicemembers and their Families

        Marine Corps Base Hawaii
        Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

        4:17 P.M. HST

        THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Well, it is wonderful to see all of you. First of all, we want to say Merry Christmas to everybody.

        AUDIENCE: Merry Christmas!

        THE PRESIDENT: This looks like it was a nice rather than naughty crowd –- (laughter) -– so I’m sure Santa treated you well.

        On behalf of Michelle and myself and our whole family — we do this every year. This is where I was born, and so we come back for the holidays. But one of our favorite things is always coming to the base on Christmas Day and having a chance just to meet you, those of you who have families here, and to say thank you for the extraordinary work and service that you guys do each and every day.

        Obviously, the greatest honor I have as President is being Commander-in-Chief. And the reason it’s an honor is because not only do we have the finest military in the world but we also have the finest fighting men and women in the world. And so many of you make sacrifices day in, day out on behalf of our freedom, on behalf of our security.

        And not only do those in uniform make sacrifices, but I think everybody here understands the sacrifices that families make each and every day as well. And Michelle, working with Dr. Jill Biden, has done a lot of work to focus attention on our military families to make sure that you get the support that you have earned and that you deserve.

        So I’m not going to make a long speech. Obviously, we’re still in a wartime footing. There are still folks, as we speak, who are overseas, especially in Afghanistan, risking their lives each and every day. Some of you may have loved ones who are deployed there. Some of you may be about to be deployed there. And so we know that it’s not easy. But what we also want you to know is that you have the entire country behind you, and that all of us understand that we would be nowhere without the extraordinary service that you guys provide.

        And so we want to say thank you, we love you. And with that, what we’re going to do is we’re going to slip back here. Last couple of years we went from table to table but we kept on missing tables and some folks didn’t get pictures. So this time we’re going to do it in a slightly more organized fashion so that people who want to take a picture, we’re going to be standing right here next to a tree. You guys will be able to come up. You can take your time –- those of you who are still finishing your meals.

        The only thing we’d ask, I think, is when we’re taking the photos — people will get copies of this stuff, so I know everybody these days has a phone all the time. But we have a White House photographer who’s pretty good. (Laughter.) He knows what he’s doing. And we’ll make sure that the photographs come back through the General, through your commanding officer, so that everybody who is here today will be able to get a copy.

        All right, thank you very much, everybody. And have a great New Year as well. Happy New Year! (Applause.)

        END
        4:20 P.M. HST

  3. CR says:

    Mele Kalikimaka

    Mele Kalikimaka

    Obamas heading to Hawaii for Christmas vacation

    POSTED: 01:50 p.m. HST, Dec 21, 2012 By Star-Advertiser staff

    President Barack Obama and his family left Washington D.C. this evening for their annual Christmas vacation trip to Hawaii.

    The president and the first family do not have any public scheduled events while they are in the islands, but Oahu motorists should expect unannounced delays as the presidential motorcade travels around the island. The first family is expected to stay at their usual vacation compound in Kailua.

    Obama stay here may be cut shorter than usual since he leaves Washington without having a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff on Jan. 1.

    Speaking to the press before he left, Obama encouraged Congress to “to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle-class Americans.”

    “Once this legislation is agreed to, I expect Democrats and Republicans to get back to Washington and have it pass both chambers. And I will immediately sign that legislation into law, before Jan. 1st of next year. It’s that simple,” he said.

    He ended his remarks by saying, “I want to wish every American a merry Christmas. And because we didn’t get this done, I will see you next week.”

  4. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and the Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  5. CR says:

    First family arrives in Hawaii, president hits golf course

    12/22/12 By Associated Press & Star-Advertiser

    President Barack Obama and his family arrived early Saturday in Honolulu to spend Christmas in Hawaii, and the president was at the golf course by this afternoon.

    The presidential motorcade made the short trip from the Obama vacation home in Kailua to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, where Obama is hitting the links at the Kaneohe Clipper course.

    Golfing with the president are White House chef Sam Kass, longtime Obama buddies Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos, and aide Marvin Nicholson.

    Obama began the holiday weekend as far removed as one could be from the stalled fiscal cliff talks in Washington.

    The first family arrived here just after midnight Saturday for their traditional Christmas trip to Oahu, one that for the president is his bit of R-and-R after a grueling election year, though one that is likely to be briefer than usual given the Dec. 31 deadline to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect.

    After the failure of House Speaker John A. Boehner’s “Plan B,” the president Friday called for all involved to use the coming holiday as a time to “cool off,” drink eggnog and enjoy time with family.

    “Call me a hopeless optimist, but I actually still think we can get it done,” he said, before leaving the White House.

    In his weekly address, Boehner said the Republican-led House had already done its part to avert the fiscal cliff, pointing to legislation that did pass Thursday to substitute what he called “responsible spending cuts” for deeper reductions that were part of the sequester to be triggered without a deal.

    For more: http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/184496891.html?id=184496891

  6. CR says:

    WH

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing
    Kailua, Hawaii (50th State)

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for Sen. Daniel Inouye
    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    4:00 PM
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    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
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  7. CR says:

    Sunday talk show tip sheet

    12/21/12 5:51 PM EST By KATIE GLUECK – POLITICO

    “Meet the Press” on NBC
    • Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president, National Rifle Association
    • Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
    • Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    • Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.)

    “Face the Nation” on CBS
    • David Keene, president, NRA
    • Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas)
    • Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
    • Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), South Carolina’s incoming senator
    • Ben Affleck, actor and activist

    “This Week” on ABC
    • Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.), who’s leading an NRA initiative to strengthen school security
    • Sarah Brady, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence
    • Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)
    • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
    • Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D)
    • Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform

    “State of the Union” on CNN
    • Hutchinson
    • Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)
    • Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
    • Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio)

    “Fox News Sunday” on Fox
    • Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman, Senate Republican Policy Committee
    • Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), chairman, Senate Budget Committee
    • Bill Kristol, editor, the Weekly Standard

    “Political Capital” on Bloomberg TV
    • Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas)

    “Newsmakers” on C-SPAN
    • Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), incoming ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Committee

  8. Kat 4 Obama says:

    So glad our First Family is able to enjoy Christmas together in Hawaii!

    >^..^<

  9. CR says:

    Obama escapes the cameras, almost…

    12/23/12 10:51 AM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    On Day One of his Hawaii vacation, President Obama hit the links and had dinner with family and friends in Waikiki.

    Throughout the day, a group of pool reporters — and their cameras — tagged along as he traveled from one place to the next. But they were kept from getting a clear view.

    “No glimpse of POTUS in the passing vehicles,” intrepid L.A. Times reporter Mike Memoli wrote as Obama headed to the golf course.

    Later, as the president dined at Morimoto’s in Waikiki, the pool was ushered to another spot. “Pool dining at a more downscale spot nearby. Still haven’t spotted POTUS,” Memoli wrote in the pool report.

    And then, as the Obamas emerged from the restaurant, it seemed everyone else saw him but the pool reporters.

    “A crowd had built outside the restaurant and cheered a minute before we departed, presumably at the sight of POTUS and his party though out of the pool’s line of sight,” Memoli reported.

    One local news outlet, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, did manage to get a picture of a relaxed-looking Obama getting out of a golf cart, wearing khaki shorts and a baseball cap at Klipper Golf Course of Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe. It was provided by someone at the course.

  10. Kat 4 Obama says:

    Happy and HOPEful Sunday, CR and all friends!

    No snow here yet — Santa better bring an umbrella!

    >^..^<

    • CR says:

      Happy and HOPEful Sunday Kat! It is our second day of rain in a week forecasted to have all forms of precipitation.

  11. CR says:

    Please join me in lighting a candle for our President, First Family and our Nation.

    http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO

  12. CR says:

    3:00 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attend a memorial service for Sen. Daniel Inouye
    National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

    • CR says:

      Obamas attend Inouye service

      12/23/12 3:34 PM EST POLITICO44

      President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended a memorial service in Hawaii for the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye. It was a very low-key affair. The president did not speak. At his request, musicians did not trumpet his arrival or departure.

  13. CR says:

    Obama visits grandfather’s grave

    12/23/12 4:29 PM EST By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

    After attending a memorial service for Sen. Daniel Inouye on Sunday, President Obama took time out to visit his grandfather’s grave, according to an announcement at the service.

    Obama’s maternal grandfather, Stanley Dunham, is buried at the same cemetery where the Inouye service took place, the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl in Honolulu.

    Dunham died in 1992.

  14. CR says:

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    THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED NBLB

    Come on over to my newest post titled: ” Merry Christmas 2012″

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