December 25th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
10 months ago

Obamas: A merrier Christmas for the troops

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama celebrated Christmas in the President’s weekly address Wednesday, taking time in particular to thank the men and women of the U.S. military.

“For many of our troops and newest veterans, this might be the first time in years that they’ve been with their families on Christmas,” the President said. “In fact, with the Iraq war over and the transition in Afghanistan, fewer of our men and women in uniform are deployed in harm’s way than at any time in the last decade.”

The Obamas wished everyone happy holidays and called on Americans to help others, both the troops and their neighbors.

“It’s our turn to step up and show our gratitude for the military families who have given us so much,” Michelle Obama said.

“Again and again, we have been overwhelmed by the response we’ve gotten as folks from across the country have found new ways to give back to these families through their schools, businesses, and houses of worship.”

Helping others, the President said, “is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what he taught us – to love our neighbors as we would ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper,” Obama said.

“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.”


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Harold Reed

    Slash US Veterans' benefits while criminal immigrants get to keep theirs. Merry Christmas!

    December 25, 2013 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  2. ora pike

    VA hospital will not allow cards that say merry Christmas--susan rice says the death of our troops in Bengazi is "false controversy". As a vet, i see a war on our military AND CHRISTmas. Once again ask yourself why obama is so into gay rights, must be a reason.

    December 25, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  3. Chris Asking Question

    If you truly want to thank the troops, don't cut their military retirement pensions and fix the Veterans Administrations problems of not processing disability claims and not providing quality care that our Veterans EARNED!

    December 25, 2013 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  4. Karen

    HE signed a bill cutting veteran pensions. merry Christmas.

    December 25, 2013 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  5. bluebird

    wow...things could not be worse and the Obamas are in Hawaii...so how much did this cost us.....of all the nerve....

    December 25, 2013 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. anniebella

    Merry Christmas to the veterans. A big thanks to you and your families for your services.

    December 25, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. rs

    Wow! Delusion and hate from the Right. Not very "Christian" on the most holy of holidays. They are very disturbed people.

    December 25, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. anniebella

    bluebird, I don't know if anyone have told you this or not but enough with the cost of the President vacation. 'You aren't the only one who pay taxes. If you didn't complain when all the other Presidents went on their vacations, why complain now? Beside if my tax dollars can go for unnecessary wars (like Iraq) then why not vacations for the President and his family. Merry Christmas to the President and his family.

    December 25, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  9. rs

    Harold: Illegal Immigrants have no official benefits. There is no such a thing.
    Ora: The whole Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas this is simply stupid- and pushed by FOX News. You'll find this one was officially fact-checked and found to be untrue- hey it came from the Right. Did you expect something different?
    Chris/Karen: The GOP wrote in the retirement reduction (as they have done at every chance for federal or civil employees). The President signed what they sent. Let us know how much to raise YOUR taxed to "fix" the VA.
    Bluebird: His vacation cost the tiniest fraction of what the government shutdown the GOP gave us in October. It is probably not much different than Bush's vacations in deepest, darkest Texas for 2 weeks. Grow up- and Happy Holidays to you all!

    December 25, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  10. ladies first

    Seasons Greetings To All & A Very Happy New Year!

    December 25, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. Erick Holmes

    You guys are so blind. The sequester's the reason VA benefits were cut. You guys find it easier to blame Obama, but if Congress really cared, they would have voted against this thing at the beginning of the year. But, it's way easier for you guys to blame Obama, isn't it.

    December 25, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. Testing 123

    Merry CHRISTmas everyone! even you President Hypocrite.

    December 25, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Ever wonder why we think the baggers are brain dead? So much hate in those tiny minds.

    December 25, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Have a very merry Christmas. Let me not comment on politics today....we all deserve good holiday regardless of political affiliation.

    December 25, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  15. Tampa Tim

    Wow, the republicans shut down the government at a cost of $24 billion. I doubt the president's vacations will cost what the GOP has needlessly wasted.

    December 25, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Merry Christmas to US ALL !

    Hope / Esperanza 2014

    December 25, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. John

    This is the same President who allows the VA to have a policy which denies cards being sent to troops in the hospital that say "Merry Christmas, " or has a christain theme and an Army EEO policy that prohibits the troops from saying the expression " Merry Christmas," aboard Army installtions.....yet he wishes the troops a Merry Christmas for show, What a hypocritc ......Wake up America...

    December 25, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  18. stingerhp

    Reduce the benefits to our military, give only a token wage increase, and continue to spew hate and discontent across the world and what do you have ? A vacation in Hawaii at YOUR expense..................

    December 25, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Harold Reed

    rs: $ millions spent on Obama's order for the FDA to educate Mexican citizens on how to get food stamps instead of investing it on our US veterans. During the Obama 2013 Government Shutdown, millions of US veterans were turned away for the war memorials while millions of criminal immigrants were allowed to protest against US Law on the 'closed to the public Washington Mall'.
    Goes to show you were Obama's true allegiances lie.

    December 25, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Other than right wingnut hate media, I have yet to find a place where Obama gave the order to not allow injured soldiers in a TX VA hospital handmade Christmas cards.

    December 25, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Harold – Nice comedy act you have there. Cruz took pride in shutting down the government along with 80 repubs who sent a letter to Boehner demanding a shutdown. It was the republican morons who did not know national parks were part of the government.

    December 25, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. Tampa Tim

    The republican shut down of government cost $24 billion. Congressional republicans are nothing more that domestic terrorists and should be arrested.

    December 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  23. John

    Response to Tampa Tim, he the Commander in Chief either the buck stops with him or it doesn't it a reflection of his policy, the policy starts at the WH. He doesn't have to give an order it implied by the policy.....

    December 25, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Tampa Tim

    The lies posted by right wingnuts are beginning to show how far they will go to destroy our country.

    December 25, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. John

    Tampa Tim your rant calling Republicans domestic terrorists just reaffirms the progressive agenda when you can't argue your position with facts you resort to name calling.....If I recall the president refused to negotiate and the Democrat controlled senate refused to allow the numerous bills passed by the Republican congress regearding Obama care to adverely impact the American public so blame goes to both sides. But it obvious your an idealogue who has nothing to offer but cvalling people names......

    December 25, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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