Merry Christmas everyone.
And happy holidays.
I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with love from God, family, and Santa too.
President Obama and his family skipped church this Christmas, despite issuing a call last week for Christians to remember the religious aspect of the holiday and not overdo the commercial. But he also spent a good amount of time with members of the armed forces serving in Hawaii, invoking the spirit of Christmas, even if not within a church.
The Obamas had attended church on Christmas each of the last three years they were in Hawaii.
Ten days ago while taping the annual “Christmas in Washington” special, Obama spoke of the birth of Christ, asking Americans not to forsake Jesus as they exchanged presents.
Every year, we mark the holiday season with celebrations and good cheer. And I should remind my girls that I like getting Christmas presents as much as anybody. (Laughter.) But this is also a time to remember the story of a child born to two faithful travelers on a holy night, long ago.
Obama played golf until late Afternoon Tuesday and then spent much of the holiday with his family. Christmas morning, the Obamas “gathered around to open up their Christmas gifts and sing carols,” according to the pool report.
Wednesday afternoon Obama visited with the troops.
From the pool report:
President Obama spoke to about 580 troops and their families assembled around the tables and booths of Anderson Hall, a dining facility at Marine Corps Base Hawaii known informally as “Chow Hall.” Most of the troops are Marines, but the event was open to members of the Army, Navy and Air Force as well. Anybody who is active duty service in Hawaii was allowed to attend. The troops ate Christmas dinner earlier in the afternoon and were just clearing their trays before Obama arrived.
Obama, with wife Michelle standing at his side, spoke at about 4:30 p.m. local from a small square stage with red carpet that’s raised about one foot off the ground. The wall behind him was covered with wallpaper showing historical Marine Corps and Navy photographs and memorabilia.
The president, who held a piece of paper with notes, wore a blue short sleeved shirt and dark khaki pants, while the first lady wore a black skirt and sleeveless black and white top.
Obama said that he knows “a lot of our friends and comrades” are raising their families here while others are serving in Afghanistan and other places. Obama said he called 10 service members who were in Afghanistan, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Obama said, “It was just a sampling of the incredible sacrificed a that all of you and your families make every single day. Michelle and I know that we would not enjoy the freedoms we do if it weren’t for the incredible dedication and professionalism and work that you do. The least we can do is just let you all know we’re grateful to you.”
Obama added, “We hope that the mess has done right by you and that the food is pretty good.”
Obama singled out several regiments, battalions and patrol units by name and those in attendance hooted and cheered when their group was called.
“Thank you so much for your great work,” Obama said. “We hope all of you have a Mele Kaliminaka and we hope you guys have a great new year as well.”
The drop by was hardly pro forma. Obama spent more than two hours taking photos with service members and their families.
Merry Christmas everyone.
For everyone who is celebrating the holiday, I hope you have a wonderful, meaningful day. My warmest wishes to all of you.
I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and great happiness on the holiday.
One of the real joys for me, as a Jew, has been to better understand from your comments on this website the genuine and fervent support for Israel of so many devout conservative Christians. Sometimes I think your support for Israel is more intense and unequivocal than that of many of my own faith.
I believe there is a genuine empathy for a small, beleaguered nation standing strong – with the type of clear-eyed toughness that many conservatives admire – against countries that harbor and support terrorists who threaten not only Israel, but the United States. And I think there is sympathy for brethren who share a portion of the Bible and hold many of the same values that form the Judeo-Christian ethic.
I wish more Jews, most of whom are moderate or liberal Democrats, understood that they have genuine friends among conservative Christians. And I wish they understood that the true allies of Israel are on the Right, and those on the Left are far more likely to support, out of concern for “social justice,” the agenda of many Arabs and others in the Middle East whose goal is not peace with Israel, but its destruction.
So a very Merry Christmas to my Christian brothers and sisters. May you have a joyous and fulfilling holiday, and may those of you who are suffering in the tough times in which we live gain a holy day of respite from life’s burdens.
Merry Christmas everyone.
I wish all of you a wonderful and joyous holiday. If you’re down, as I know many are these days, I hope the holiday will uplift you. And I hope that all will have the chance to affirm their connection to the things that are most important – family, friends, and God. Of course, none of those things are easy!
I’m Jewish, but Christmas is a special time for me too, even if it’s just because of the beautiful decorations and the joy and hope I see the holiday bringing to others.
And actually, I’ll be in church, though only for an annual organ recital we love to attend at Washington’s National Cathedral.
Have a happy day.
Despite the recession and a recent directive by President Obama to the agencies to try to save money on the little things, the Obamas have spared no expense decorating the White House, deluging the place with with an army of Christmas trees and baking enough gingerbread to single-handedly defeat Michelle’s anti-obesity campaign.
From Investors Business Daily:
They have also installed 37 different Christmas trees. Thirty of the trees are live, or were, including one nearly 19-feet tall from Wisconsin. Seven of the three dozen Christmas trees are artificial or homemade including, of course, one from recyclables.
“We have 37 Christmas trees here at the White House–37!” Michelle Obama excitedly told a recent group of visitors. “That’s a lot, right? Yes, that’s a lot of trees. And we also have a 400-pound White House gingerbread house.”
Yes, that’s a lot, right! And the royal family’s Portuguese Waterdog is everywhere.
Virtually every room has also been decorated for the holidays with some kind of a replica of the Obamas’ dog, Bo, who’s being made into a kind of first family Christmas canine symbol.
The Bo’s are made of all sorts of materials and come in all sizes. There are Bo’s made of pom-poms (750 of them), Bo’s made from about 2,000 pieces of licorice, Bo’s made from some 35 yards of wool felt and Bo’s made from nearly 7,000 feet of plastic trash bags. There’s even a nine-inch Bo made from hundreds of buttons.
The first lady’s theme for the decorations was “Share, Give, Shine.”
How about “Spend, Spend, Spend!”
H/T to Instapundit, where I saw this.