December 6th, 2012
06:55 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama lights National Christmas Tree

(CNN) - President Barack Obama and his family lit the National Christmas Tree on Thursday continuing a 90-year tradition started under President Calvin Coolidge.

Performers at the event included James Taylor, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Colbie Caillat, and Phillip Phillips.

"In times of war and peace, triumph and tragedy, we’ve always come together to rejoice in the Christmas miracle," Obama said. "But our tree has been having a hard time recently - this is our third one in as many years. Our longstanding tree was lost in a storm, and then its replacement didn’t take hold. It just goes to show, nobody’s job is safe here in Washington. But I feel good about this one. It was planted just days before Hurricane Sandy, and it made it through the storm in one piece."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. bc runner

    Merry Christmas everyone!!! Deocrats, Republicans and Independents!!! Wishing you allgood health!!

    December 6, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. DENNA

    Merry Christmas to our beautiful First Family.

    December 6, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  3. Wise1Speak


    On election night 2008 Malia (oldest) and Sasha (youngest) were much shorter than President Obama. Now Malia is as tall as the President and the First Lady, while Sasha continues to gain ground. Of course we expect them to grow up but Malia has picked up 18" inches in 4-years. Wow!

    December 6, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  4. Facts don't Lie

    what a beautiful tree and I am very glad they called it a Christmas Tree and not a Holiday Tree so as to give the right wing and FoxNews more useless fodder on their "war on Christmas" nonsense.

    December 6, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  5. Keira

    I love how nice President Barrack Obama is.

    December 6, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. Just a thought

    Well-Done Mr. President! Thank Goodness you were re-elected. Scrooge in the name of the Rmoney in the WH would have been a total calamity.

    December 7, 2012 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  7. Donkey Party

    But, but, but, what about Obama's war on Christmas??? Oh, that's right, just another phony conspiracy from the idiots at Fox Non-news.

    December 7, 2012 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  8. Free Man in the Republic Texas

    Obama lights National Christmas Tree...

    "Christmas Tree" ???

    OBAMA has NOT "evolved" to "Holiday Tree" yet ???

    December 7, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |