First Lady Michelle Obama is typically the star of events she attends. But things changed when she read Twas The Night Before Christmas at a Washington area children’s hospital.
According to the official¬†White House Blog, “paying a visit to the young patients at the Children’s National Medical Center is a holiday tradition that dates back to the 1950s, when Bess Truman was First Lady.”
As Mrs Obama set to reading the tale to the children, Bo, the Obama family dog jumped right up on his mother’s lap.
The First Dog seemed quite comfy as well, as he didn‚Äôt move during the seven minute session.
Bo is larger than the previous First Dog, Barney, who was a small Scottish terrier, while Portuguese Water Dogs can weigh up to 55 pounds.
However, that didn‚Äôt seem difficult as she went on playing with children and even jokingly held the book out so that the 4-year-old pup could ‘read’ along.
“This is exactly what he does at home,” said the First Lady. “He tries to beat Malia and Sasha to my lap.”
Though Michelle Obama visited the Children’s National Medical Center ten days ago, the video was released on Christmas Eve, as it keeps with the theme of the story.
The Obama family dog is a part of many of the White House traditions during the holidays, as he served as a sort of ‘Waldo’ figure throughout the decorations, with mini figurines in his likeness scattered throughout the many displays and 54 live trees, explains The Daily Mail.
The First Lady revealed that they used Bo because it was an easy theme for young visitors to catch on to during their tours and they can be given the task of spotting the dog in each of the rooms.
The First dog also continued the tradition- started by President Bush’s pet Barney- to be featured in a video tour of the decorations throughout the White House that is layer posted on YouTube for those who had no opportunity to watch the decorations.
This is not the first time when the holiday spotlight turned to Bo, as he has been the sole subject of each of the first family’s Christmas cards since Barack took office in 2009.
By the way, Barack and Michelle Obama has already wished everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked our brave troops and their families for their service.
‚ÄúThis month, more than 90,000 people have come through the White House to see the holiday decorations,‚ÄĚ Michelle Obama said in the weekly radio and Internet address.
‚ÄúAnd our theme for this year‚Äôs holiday season was ‚ÄėJoy to All‚Äô ‚ÄĒ 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. ‚Ä¶ That‚Äôs what makes this season so special ‚ÄĒ getting to spend time with the people we love most.‚ÄĚ
President Obama said in his speech: ‚ÄúAll across America, military families are reuniting. So this week let‚Äôs give thanks for our veterans and their families. And let‚Äôs say a prayer for all our troops ‚Äď especially those in Afghanistan ‚Äď who are spending this holiday overseas, risking their lives to defend the freedoms we hold dear.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd this year,‚ÄĚ he said, ‚Äúthat‚Äôs especially true for some of our military families. For my family and millions of Americans, it‚Äôs a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, to reflect on His life and learn from His example,‚ÄĚ the President said. ‚ÄúEvery year, we commit to love one another.”
“To give of ourselves. To be our brother‚Äôs keeper. To be our sister‚Äôs keeper. But those ideas are not just part of our faith. They‚Äôre part of all faiths. And they unite us as Americans.‚ÄĚ
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.