Obama calls service members, first family volunteers over holiday
November 28th, 2013
02:20 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama calls service members, first family volunteers over holiday

(CNN) - President Barack Obama called members of the U.S. military Thursday to thank them for their service and wish them a happy Thanksgiving.

According to the White House, the President called 10 service members - two members of the Army, two from the Marine Corps, two from the Navy, two from the Air Force and two from the Coast Guard.

Obama and his family spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House, feasting on a traditional spread, including turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and nine types of pies.

On Wednesday, the first family volunteered at a food distribution center in northwest Washington. Obama, joined by the First Lady and daughters Sasha and Malia, packed and handed out bags of food to families in need.

The South Lawn of the White House was illuminated Wednesday evening with a the National menorah, marking the first night of Hanukkah and the start of the Jewish lunar calendar.

Thursday is the beginning of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, and is the last time for 70,000-plus years the two holidays will fall on the same date.


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  1. ThinkAgain

    We're volunteering as a family at our local food bank on Friday and will be joined by friends (we have a group that regularly volunteers). It's the least we can do for our neighbors.

    I strongly encourage everyone to volunteer and give – since the GOP voted to eliminate $39 billion from the SNAP (food stamps) program, those in need are having to do with even less and local food banks are seeing record-high requests for food assistance.

    BTW, SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014. But taking food out of the mouths of the most vulnerable among us is OK by the GOP – which refuses to eliminate multi-billion-dollar subsidies for the oil industry, which is enjoying record profits.

    A little less than a year from now, we can send all the GOP/tea bags packing and eliminate their hateful, unfair policies. Come Tuesday, November 4, 2014, we can all do our part and vote those jerks OUT!

    November 28, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    To all you Obama-haters who were afraid the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell would irreparably harm our military:

    In the 2011 Military Times Poll, 59% of active-duty respondents said they did not believe they would be affected by the repeal. When service members were asked this year how they were affected after the repeal, 69% said they had felt no impact.

    November 28, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. Free Man in theRepublicof Texas

    NO $$$ for widow and children of Marine
    killed in action
    BUT
    Plenty of $$$ for Planned Parenthood
    navigators for OBAMA CARE

    You may recall Fisher House had to step in
    and fill the gap...
    You know... PRIVATE Sector Americans

    Ahhhh.... YES

    "HIS"numbers are crashing
    so it's time to play the
    "I" care about Vets card

    November 28, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. bronxkid

    Sure they spent a quiet day at the White House. Who would pass up Thanksgiving Day dinner prepared by the White House chef ? If they went on a holiday somewhere ( like home to Chicago), they might have to pay for a personal chef. So glad the taxpayers could help them celebrate.

    November 28, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |