President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle’s Christmas Greetings [Video]

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.

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.

“This month, more than 90,000 people have come through the White House to see the holiday decorations,” Michelle Obama said in the weekly radio and Internet address.

“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. … That’s what makes this season so special — getting to spend time with the people we love most.”

President Obama said in his speech: “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.”

“And this year,” he said, “that’s especially true for some of our military families.”

“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,” the President said. “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 President and First Lady also had words of support for the victims of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the ravages of Superstorm Sandy.

“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,” said Mrs Obama.

Released after a tense week of “fiscal cliff” negotiations, gun control discussions, and new staff appointments, the president made no mention of party politics in the video statement. Rather, he and the first lady asked for support for the Joining Forces program, which focuses on employment, charity and other opportunities for U.S. service members and their households.

President Obama reflected on the holiday season as it pertains to the Christian faith and volunteer efforts.

“Every year, we commit to love one another, to give of ourselves, to be our brother’s keeper, to be our sister’s keeper,” he said. “But those ideas are not just part of our faith.  They’re part of all faiths.  And they unite us as Americans. ”

The President and the First Lady thanked everyone for “this year on behalf of your fellow Americans.”

Mr. Obama wished everyone Merry Christmas “on behalf of my favorite Americans – Michelle, Malia, Sasha and Bo.”

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