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Obamas Light National Christmas Tree

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The National Christmas Tree was lit tonight for the 88th time by the 44th president and his family, “the Obama crew,” as President Obama lovingly referred to his family as when joining him on stage on the Ellipse. The Obamas –First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha and “Grandmother-in-Chief” Marian Robinson – each put a finger on the button, and counting down from 5; they pushed the large button to light the tree.

“It works,” Obama exclaimed as the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was lit up, decked out in lights.

The president called this a “proud holiday tradition,” one that took place with presidents snow or shine, and even in period of hardships for the country.

“Often the ceremony itself has reflected the pain and sacrifice of the times. There were years during the second World War when no lights were hung in order to save electricity. In the days following Pearl Harbor Winston Churchill joined President Roosevelt to wish our nation a happy Christmas even in such perilous days.”

The president said that without fail each year the nation comes together to celebrate the story that he and Michelle as Christians hold dear as Christians, but is a message that is universal.

“It’s a message that says no matter who we are or where we are from, no matter the pain we endure or the wrongs we face, we are called to love one another as brother and as sisters.”

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