Washington, DC, United States (4E) – President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama thanked American troops in their Christmas greeting and address on Wednesday.
“Our extraordinary men and women in uniform are serving so that the rest of us can enjoy the blessings we cherish during the holidays,” Obama said in a video and audio released on Christmas Day. “But that means many of our troops are far from home and far from family. So today, we want all of our troops to know that you’re in our thoughts and prayers this holiday season.”
The President also said people across the country helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors are ways ” to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us.”
He said, “And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens.”
‘The President said many American troops might be with their families on Christmas for the first time in years because the Iraq war is over and the Afghanistan war is in transition.
The first lady said that with more and more of our troops back, she and Jill Biden have rallied support for military families from across the country through Joining Forces initiative to show their gratitude to them.
Mrs. Obama added that “the stories of our outstanding troops, veterans, and military families and their service and sacrifice for our country” are highlighted in the holiday decorations at the White House as a way of showing how Americans celebrate the holiday together.