2016 Holidays at The White House

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2016 White House Holiday Decor

Celebrating the Gift of the Holidays

Summary:
Ever wonder how the White House gets transformed for the holidays? Deesha Dyer, White House Social Secretary, reveals how it all comes together.

The smell of pine, the taste of gingerbread cookies, the choral sounds of music filling the halls and the sight of thousands of guests coming through the doors — that’s right, it’s time for another magical holiday season at the White House!

In our eighth and final holiday season, we’re celebrating the theme, “The Gift of the Holidays” — the gift of family and friends, reflection and remembrance, and excitement and cheer.

As the White House Social Secretary, it’s my job to lead the transformation of the People’s House during the holiday season and help welcome everyone who comes through the White House doors.

It all begins six months ahead of time with input from Mrs. Obama along with a talented team of designers who come up with amazing and festive concepts and sketches for the entire White House, the private residence, and the West Wing (including the Oval Office).

Then, we have the hard task of sorting through a bulk of eager, everyday citizens who want to volunteer to help us decorate. We read lots of fun and creative letters. The volunteers show up the Friday after Thanksgiving and work tirelessly with the designers, White House Executive Residence team, Social Office and so many others to get it all ready! It’s a team effort to bring it all together. We are so lucky that in addition to the tours and receptions to showcase the work, we are able to also bring the joyous experience of the Holidays to those online.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/29/celebrating-gift-holidays

11/29/16 Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Holiday Press Preview

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Tuesday, November 29th 

9:30 AM EST– The Office of the First Lady hosts a preview of the 2016 holiday decor at the White House

1:30 PM EST– As part of the Joining Forces initiative, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House to view the 2016 holiday decorations
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016
 9:30 AM PM ET
2016 White House Holiday Decor
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    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes military families to the White House to view the 2016 holiday decorations.
    East Room

    2:00 PM
    2:50 PM
    President Obama departs the White House en route Bethesda, Maryland
    South Lawn

    3:00 PM
    3:10 PM
    President Obama visits with wounded service members
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

    4:00 PM
    4:50 PM
    President Obama departs Bethesda, Maryland en route the White

    5:00 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House
    South Lawn

    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

    • November 25, 2016

      Remarks by the First Lady at Arrival of the 2016 White House Christmas Tree

      MRS. OBAMA: What do you think?

      CHILD: It’s great.

      MRS. OBAMA: It’s great. Should we accept it?

      CHILD: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: I think we’re good.

      These are our replacement kids. (Laughter.) This is what happens when you get teenagers. One is asleep — these two are up. (Laughter.) It’s what we got now.

      Good job, guys. Christmas begins! The holidays start! We’re ready — our last one. We’re excited about it.

      Congratulations to our award winners here. Thank you, guys.

      All right, our work here is done.

      CHILD: That was easy.

      MRS. OBAMA: It’s easy. The easiest part of the holiday season.

      All right, you guys. Happy holidays. Happy Thanksgiving. We’ll see you around.

      END

    • 9:30 AM EST
      The Office of the First Lady hosts a preview of the 2016 holiday decor at the White House.

    • November 29, 2016

      Remarks by the First Lady at Annual Holiday Press Preview

      East Room

      1:35 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Hi, everybody! Look how good you guys look. You ready for some action?

      AUDIENCE: Yes.

      MRS. OBAMA: Are you sure? I don’t know, you sound like you don’t want cookies or anything like that. (Laughter.) You think you want some cookies? You think so? Okay, well, we’re going to get to it, but first I want to welcome everyone to the White House.

      I want to start by thanking Hazel for that wonderful introduction and for all of her service and hard work in helping to make this home so beautiful. I want to give a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, as Hazel mentioned, who traveled here from 33 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico to come here and put up these beautiful decorations and transform this White House into this holiday wonderland. So I’m so grateful to you all.

      And as we celebrate my family’s last holiday season in the White House, I’m thinking back to when we first came here to Washington and we promised to open up this house to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible. And we truly wanted to make the White House the “People’s House,” particularly during the holiday seasons. And over the past eight years, through the seasons, we’ve worked hard to achieve that goal by welcoming almost a half million guests to this house during the season. And thanks to our amazing volunteers, we’ve adorned the White House with about a half million ornaments for our guests to enjoy, and we’ve brought smiles to the faces of all those who enjoyed the 200,000 holiday cookies prepared by our outstanding pastry chefs. And you all will get to have some more of those today. That will make 200,020 or so.

      So, looking back, I am proud to say that we did our very best during the holidays to make Americans of all backgrounds and walks of life feel comfortable and welcome here in our nation’s house. Now, we do all of this with the help of our extraordinary staff. I mean, yes, we have wonderful volunteers, but we have folks who, each year, take a very limited budget and very little resources, and they make miracles happen in this house.

      So, for our final holiday preview, I just want to take a moment to highlight just a few of the amazing folks who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes. And I don’t know if they know I’m calling them out — I don’t even know if they’re in the room. But I want to start with Deesha Dyer, who is the office — our Social Secretary.

      MS. DYER: I’m here. (Laughter.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Deesha, there you are. There’s Deesha. (Applause.) Thank you, Deesha. And you’re going to see Cris Comerford and Susie Morrison. Cris is our Executive Chef and Susie is our Executive Pastry Chef. I want to thank them both, as well as all of the chefs, all of the staff in the kitchen who worked so hard to do everything possible to make these holidays terrific.

      I want to thank all of our ushers who never get credit. I know they’re around here working away, but they’re the people who greet you, and they make sure that things are moving like they should in this house — our florists, who are tremendous. And I rarely get to thank our electricians, our carpenters, because they make sure that chandeliers are moved and structures are built so that we can put things on, and they do this in a matter of days. They turn this house upside down. And to our calligraphers — you’ll see all their handiwork throughout the ornaments. And I also always want to thank our incredible Marine Band, who you hear from throughout the season. My husband’s favorite musical crew are his own Marine Band.

      This is all possible because of all of these people. And on behalf of the entire Obama family — me, Barack, Malia, Sasha, Grandma, Bo and Sunny — (laughter) — we are so proud of this team here, so proud of the time that we spent with you. We’re grateful for everything you’ve done for us over the years. So let’s give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/29/remarks-first-lady-annual-holiday-press-preview

  2. Second Estimate of Gross Domestic Product for the Third Quarter of 2016

    NOVEMBER 29, 2016 AT 9:30 AM ET BY JASON FURMAN

    Summary: Real GDP grew 3.2 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter according to the second estimate released from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    Third-quarter economic growth was revised up 0.3 percentage point to 3.2 percent at an annual rate, a noticeably faster pace than in the first half of the year. Exports, which have faced substantial headwinds in recent years from slow growth abroad, grew at an annual rate of 10.1 percent in the third quarter, boosted in part by transitory factors. Consumer spending continued to grow at a solid pace in the third quarter, while inventory investment (one of the most volatile components of GDP) boosted GDP growth after subtracting from it in the prior five quarters. Third-quarter growth in the most stable and persistent components of output—consumption and fixed investment—was revised up to 2.1 percent. Still, more work remains to strengthen economic growth and to ensure that it is broadly shared, including promoting greater competition across the economy; supporting innovation; increasing investments in infrastructure; and opening new markets to U.S. exports.

    FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS (BEA)

    1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 3.2 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter of 2016, according to BEA’s second estimate.

    2. Third-quarter real GDP growth was revised up 0.3 percentage point at an annual rate.

    3. Strong consumer spending growth in recent quarters has been supported in part by improvements in household balance sheets, with household debt service as a share of disposable income at a historically low level.

    4. In part due to transitory factors, real exports contributed 1.2 percentage point to overall real GDP growth—their largest quarterly contribution since 2013—with goods exports providing the majority of the contribution.

    5. Real private domestic final purchases (PDFP)—the sum of consumption and fixed investment—rose 2.1 percent at an annual rate in the third quarter.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/11/29/second-estimate-gross-domestic-product-third-quarter-2016

  3. 3:10 PM EST
    President Obama visits with wounded service members
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland

  4. WH

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:35 PM
    President Obama meets with the 2016 Nobel Prize winners from America

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
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    8:00 PM
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  5. President Obama’s actions on Criminal Justice Reform

  6. November 30, 2016

    Remarks by the President in Meeting with the 2016 American Nobel Prize Winners

    Oval Office

    4:46 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Well, as we near the end of the year, as many of you know, I’ve spent a lot of time promoting science and trying to encourage young people to get involved in those disciplines that have driven American innovation and American progress, as well as driven human progress. And one of the best ways for us to be able to do that is to recognize the achievements of some Americans who have received an extraordinary honor. These are our American Nobel Prize winners for this year.

    They have done amazing work that for laypersons are sometimes hard to explain. But they are delving into the deepest aspects of matter. They are exploring our ability to manipulate molecules. We also have an economist who is helping to make sure that our market system, our contracts are operating in ways that are fair and just and help us organize our economic system in ways that are more efficient but also produce good results for everybody.

    So we are incredibly proud of them. And I think it’s just a reminder that one of the things that makes America unique is our ability to attract talent from all around the world, to study at some of our greatest universities, and for us to have very practical, reasoned, fact-based empirical ways to figure out how we can make the world a slightly better place. And the work that’s being done here is going to result in progress, some of which we can’t anticipate yet, but will lead to new products, new materials, new technologies. And, most importantly, the work that these gentlemen have done are going to inspire whole a new generation of scholars and scientists and researchers so that we know that this will continue into future generations.

    And I’m very, very proud of them. And I’m hopeful that they have a wonderful time at the ceremony. I want to thank the Nobel Committee and the Ambassador of Sweden and all that they do to help recognize outstanding human achievement, not just in our country, but around the world.

    All right? Thank you, everybody.

    I will see you guys at the Christmas Party, all right? So get ready. (Laughter.) Start jogging now. Thank you, guys.

    END
    4:49 P.M. EST

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