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Obama Calls for Celebrating Values of Jesus, Honoring Troops in Christmas Address


"Our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values he lived in his own life.”

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama talked about the values of Jesus and “one American family” during the White House weekly address, broadcast on Christmas Day.

“Today, like millions of Americans and Christians around the world, our family celebrates the birth of Jesus and the values he lived in his own life,” the president said in the pre-recorded address from the White House made before the first family traveled to Hawaii last week for the holidays.

President Barack Obama waves as he walks with first lady Michelle Obama on their return to the White House from a trip to California, Monday, June 16, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“Treating one another with love and compassion, caring for those on society’s margins – the sick and the hungry, the poor and the persecuted, the stranger in need of shelter – or simply an act of kindness, that’s the spirit that binds us together – not just as Christians, but as Americans of all faiths,” the president said. “It’s what the holidays are about: coming together as one American family.”

They also called on Americans to recognize the sacrifice of the American military during the holidays.

“During this season, we also honor all who defend those values in our country’s uniform,” the president said. “Every day, the brave men and women of our military serve to keep us safe – and so do their families.”

The first lady, who has led the Joining Forces effort to promote employment and opportunities for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan concurred.

“Let’s also take time to pay tribute to those who have given our country so much,” Michelle Obama said. “Go to to see how you can serve the troops, veterans, and military families in your community.”

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