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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas In Washington!

The First Family participated in the annual Christmas In Washington taping last evening at the National Building Museum that included the likes of artist Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice and Justin Bieber.  The Band Perry, who also performed at this year's White House Country Music Series that aired last month, made a return visit to Washington for the cause.

However, speaking of Hudson and Bieber, Hudson writes on her Facebook page, "Yes he got me. I have bieber fever too. He is the sweetest n cutest ever! Melted my heart n his lovely mother too."

Conan O'Brian was the host on the evening.  True to form for the late night talk show host, O'Brian, in comedic fashion made a few jokes - Holiday style. "At Christmas, thoughts turn to a miracle child, worshipped by millions around the world. "I'm speaking of course, of Justin Bieber."

Other O'Brian banter included him poking fun at the First Lady's healthy eating initiative.

"It's not easy to be a child at the White House these days", O'Brian said. "Santa's probably not going to stop at a house that leaves out a cup of organic soy milk and a plate of celery cookies."

Other stars, shining on the night, included performer Cee Lo Green, a student orchestra/band from the Maryland suburbs, the United States Naval Academy Glee Club, Washington Youth Choir, and the American Family Choir.

Christmas in Washington, set to air on TNT at 8 pm (EST) on December 16th, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. For details and list of songs sung at the event, click here

Remarks of President Obama, as provided by White House Press Office, are below.
Thank you.  Thank you very much.  Good evening.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Everybody, please, have a seat. 

Good evening, everybody.  I just want to start by thanking all the folks who have joined us at the National Building Museum.  Let’s give it up for our host, who also happens to be the host of the best late night show on TBS, Conan O’Brien.  And I want to thank all the spectacular artists and choirs and glee clubs who have made this such a spectacular evening.  Please give them a big round of applause.  

I want to congratulate 30 years of “Christmas in Washington.”  It’s always such an extraordinary honor to be a part of this event because it benefits such a special place –- the Children’s National Medical Center.  For so many children and their parents, the work that they do to save lives and improve care is nothing short of a miracle.  And that’s fitting, because this is the season to celebrate miracles.

This is the season to celebrate the story of how, more than two thousand years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among cattle and sheep.  He was no ordinary child.  He was the manifestation of God’s love.  And every year we celebrate His birth because the story of Jesus Christ changed the world.  For me, and for millions of Americans, His story has filled our hearts and inspired our lives.  It moves us to love one another; to help and serve those less fortunate; to forgive; to draw close to our families; to be grateful for all that has been given to us; to keep faith; and to hold on to an enduring hope in humanity.

Service to others.  Compassion to all.  Treating others as we wish ourselves to be treated.  Those values aren’t just at the center of Christianity; those are values that are shared by all faiths.  So tonight let us all rededicate ourselves to each other.  And, in that spirit, from my family to yours, happy holidays. 

Merry Christmas.  God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.


A busy week of holiday celebrating for the Obamas.  The annual White House Christmas party was held December 9th.

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