Christmas greetings replace partisanship in weekly addresses
December 24th, 2011
06:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Christmas greetings replace partisanship in weekly addresses

(CNN) - After weeks of squabbling over extending the payroll tax cut, Republicans and President Barack Obama turned their focus on the holidays in their weekly addresses Saturday.

The addresses, which typically ding the opposite side on policy matters, struck a nonpartisan note by thanking troops for serving over Christmas.

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Obama, who delivered the address with first lady Michelle Obama, expressed specific gratitude to troops returning from Iraq.

"For many military families, the best gift this year is a simple one – welcoming a loved one back for the holidays," the president said. "You see, after nearly nine years, our war in Iraq is over. Our troops are coming home. And across America, military families are being reunited. So let's take a moment to give thanks for their service; for their families' service; for our veterans' service."

Michelle Obama echoed the sentiment, directing listeners to a government website linking volunteers with opportunities to help veterans.

"This holiday season, let's make sure that all of them know just how much we appreciate everything they do," the first lady said. "Let's ask ourselves, "How can I give back? How can my family serve them as well as they've served us?"

In the weekly Republican address, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence thanked veterans by harking back to another holiday season.

"It was during another Christmas season in 1776, that a bold general led his weary army across the Delaware River on Christmas night. That night, George Washington won a battle that turned out to be a defining moment in the history of our still young nation," Pence said.

He continued, "This night let us not forget those who still stand in harm's way far from home so we can enjoy this season in peace and freedom."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Donkey Party

    And if the GOP had their way, they'd be sending our soldiers to Iran right about now. Last I checked, Christmas isn't a very celebrated holiday in Iran.

    December 24, 2011 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Thank you for bringing our troops home, President Obama. This might well be the best Christmas in 10 years. Merry Christmas to the president, his family, and all Americans. (yes even the extreme right)

    December 24, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Fakes News will still find a way to criticize this. It's what they do.

    December 24, 2011 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This has been a good year over all. Despite the congressional republicans taking pride in downgrading our triple A rating, our troops are home from Iraq, DADT was repealed, 21 consecutive months of economic growth, 50 million are on the verge of having health care, our auto industry is no longer going broke, 3 million jobs were created with the stimulus, 160 million workers will not see they paychecks shrink on January 1, seniors and veterans will still have their benefits, unemployment benefits will be extended, unemployment has dropped, the 99% are beginning to see that the party of 1% will not support them, and women's right are still protected.

    December 24, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |