Obama’s Holiday Message to Our Soldiers: ‘I’ve Been Awed by Your Selfless Spirit’
December 26, 2009
(ChattahBox)—President Obama’s holiday weekly radio address focused on our men and women in uniform serving far away from their families, offering greetings from the President “from Michelle, from Malia and Sasha—and from Bo.” And for the first time, the First Lady Michelle Obama joined the President in his weekly message to the country. Obama noted the extraordinary sacrifices made by our soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan and Michelle Obama encouraged Americans to help military families any way they can.
The First Lady pointed out the official White House Christmas Tree in the blue room, decorated with ornaments designed by dozens of community groups throughout the country. No Andy Warhol Mao balls or drag queen bulbs were visible.
The President recognized that while many Americans were suffering from the recession, we as a people still had much to celebrate this holiday season:
“But even in these tough times, there’s still so much to celebrate this Christmas. A message of peace and brotherhood that continues to inspire more than 2,000 after Jesus’ birth. The love of family and friends. The bonds of community and country.”
Obama praised our soldiers, as our country fights two wars:
“To all our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen—I have no greater honor than serving as your Commander in Chief. I’ve been awed by your selfless spirit, your eagerness to serve—at the Naval Academy and West Point. I’ve been energized by your dedication to duty—from Baghdad to the Korean Peninsula.” … “And I’ve been humbled, profoundly, by patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. In flag-draped caskets coming home at Dover. In the quiet solitude of Arlington.”
Michelle Obama spoke of the parents of children keeping the home fires burning, while their spouses are away at war and encouraged communities to become involved:
“If you live near a military base, you can reach out through your workplaces, your schools, your churches. There are so many ways to help—with child care, with errands, or by just bringing over a home-cooked meal.” … “Every American can do something to support our troops, even if it’s as simple as just saying thank you,” President Obama added.
President Obama and his family are spending a few days in his home state of Hawaii, before returning to Washington to tackle the merging of the health care reform bills, dealing with the high unemployment rate and other issues.
His vacation was already marked by an attempted terrorist attack on a Delta airplane flying from Amsterdam to Detroit. Obama increased security procedures at our airports, in response to the thwarted attack by a Nigerian national aboard the flight.
The full text and video of Obama’s address can be found here.