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The First Family Attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting

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5:0 EST: The First Family Attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting

Streaming starts at 4:30 EST at NationalTree.org – you can see the full concert there

 


168 Responses to “The First Family Attends the National Christmas Tree Lighting”


  1. 1 Gazelle
    December 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    No way!

  2. 5 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    • 6 Linda
      December 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Will they be dining together on the plane Mark ?

      I am sure our President made the offer to every living President ……

    • 7 anniebella
      December 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Isn’t that nice of our POTUS.

    • 8 Lovepolitics2008
      December 6, 2013 at 6:33 pm

      I admit being a bit uncomfortable with this. The President who made “torture” an official policy of the USA being invited by President Obama to attend the funeral of Mr. Mandela ? I’m for peace and reconciliation and all, but was it really necessary?

      Or is it that President Obama wanted to invite the Clintons, so he had no choice to invited the Bushes too ?

      • 9 hopefruit2
        December 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

        I have reason to believe that PBO extended a general and broad invitation to all former living US Presidents and their spouses as a courtesy. Mark Knoller in his agenda-driven reporting, made it seem like PBO singled out individuals to invite.

  3. 10 Judith Fardig
    December 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    So glad we get to vicariously enjoy the best of the season with the Obamas as well as support each other during the rough times

  4. 12 Roberta in MN
    December 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    We have a classy President. That would make me choke. GWB couldn’t go by himself, he would have been arrested, now he will have protection. ICK.

    • 13 jackiegrumbacher
      December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Roberta, our president actually lives the kind of life Nelson Mandela urged us all to live. I don’t think he’s capable of holding a grudge against anyone, even GWB.

  5. 15 japa21
    December 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

  6. 16 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    The dc weather is wet/rainy but not too cold, thankfully.

  7. 44 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I guess the nasty weather is not deterring some folks! Lotsa umbrellas, raincoats, plastics, etc. :)

  8. 45 Nena20409
    December 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I am really on my last Nerve with showboating WJC.

    Over at Mediabistro.com/tvnewers, they are reporting that WJC will with BrianW, ABC GeorgeS, CBS BobS and Ed Henry on Mandela? Why?

    Now that GWBush and his Laura are going to the Madiba’s Funeral are WJC and RHC? What about Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosaline? GH Bush isn’t going probably for his age.

    Let Us brace ourselves for whatever nonsense that would come out of WJC’s mouth this Sunday. Sheesh.

  9. 48 jackiegrumbacher
    December 6, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Chips, you and your team–UT, LP, LL–have done a magnificent job in the last 30 or so hours, presenting tributes, retrospectives, messages from the heart and every thing we all needed, especially a loving community, to take us through a tough time. These times when we all come together in a great outpouring of love and mutual support are what makes the site you created truly the best there is. Can’t thank you enough for doing this.

    • December 6, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Oh Jackie, thank you so much for that, you’re lovely, really appreciate it. The blog tyrants excelled, so moved by LL’s piece today and LP’s wonderful photo tribute. So grateful to them. And, as usual, UT keeps the whole place going with her majestic contributions! Thanks again Jackie.

    • 58 nathkatun7
      December 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Yes indeed, JackieG! I agree 100% with every thing you said and thank you for saying it so well. Chips and her team (LP, UT, LL) have been magnificent! And so have many other TOD posters, and especially Dudette, who have shared Mandela quotes, pics, video-clips, and musical tributes. The Obama Diary is truly a very special place. I’ve also been touched by many of the personal and beautiful tributes and remembrances shared in the comments.

  10. December 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I am truly out of sync…I do not know many of the artists who will be performing…ohh myyy.. :-(

  11. December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Ok, I’m confused. I am watching the streaming link that is posted. Is it 2012 or 1013. Is this not televised anywhere?????

  12. December 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    wow…Comcast…owner of MSNBC is a member of ALEC!!…explains much

  13. 75 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    The tree has a Twitter account. [Are you kidding me?]

  14. 76 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Yay! There’s My First Family! :-)

    I guess I’ll stay here at the office for a few minutes!

  15. 77 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Whoa! That was fast! They counted down. The tree is lit and now they’re gone!

    Aretha’s singing though. Guess I can stay a few more minutes! :-)

  16. 81 jacquelineoboomer
    December 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Aretha! Her voice!

  17. 85 dotster3
    December 6, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    What??? Am I goofy? Don’t answer. But link went from “beginning shortly” to “just concluded”. How did I miss this? What did I miss?

  18. 92 anniebella
    December 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Do you think the Obamas will be sitting out there in the rain? I don’t think so.

  19. December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    OH!! Arturo Sandoval will be there!!

  20. December 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    • 97 hopefruit2
      December 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

      Malia seems now slightly taller than FLOTUS. Sasha is rapidly catching up… PBO might need to start wearing shoe heighteners… :) :)

  21. December 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Maybe the rain will stop Mariah’s microphone from working?

  22. 106 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Love me some Janelle Monae!

  23. 110 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Gawd, I’m old!

  24. 111 itgurl_29
    December 6, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Are these Arturo dudes trying to sing to the First Daughters? They better hope POTUS doesn’t sic the secret service on them, lol.

  25. 114 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Hey is that the VIP tent?

  26. 117 anniebella
    December 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Hay there goes my Carolina guy James Taylor.

  27. 119 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    What? Nobody told me My Sweet Baby James would be there!!! [swooooooon!]

    Okay, I’m really glad I stayed to watch! :-)

  28. 120 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    James Taylor!!! What a nice surpise :) :)

  29. 121 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Look at My President just bobbin’ and noddin’ to the music. He’s so cool!

  30. 122 itgurl_29
    December 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    James Taylor?! I didn’t know he was performing. I think he may have sung for President Obama more than any other performer.

  31. December 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Looks like PBO’s remarks will be live here too:

  32. 125 itgurl_29
    December 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I wish someone would wipe off the camera lens!

  33. 126 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Here comes FLOTUS!!!

  34. 127 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    First Lady is reading The Night Before Christmas :-)

  35. 130 criquet
    December 6, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    What is wrong with WJC?

  36. 143 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Babyface!!!

  37. 146 hopefruit2
    December 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  38. 150 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  39. 151 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  40. 154 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  41. 156 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Woot!

  42. 159 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    ARTURO!!!

  43. 161 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Time to get up and dance! :-)

  44. 163 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    YAY Dr. Rad! :-D

  45. 165 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Okay, so this is something.

    But if you go directly to the twitter page, you might want to avoid the words of the “good pastor asshole” that appear below this tweet. Unbelievable what people who call themselves Christians will do in the public sphere.

  46. 166 JER
    December 6, 2013 at 6:11 pm

  47. 167 Dudette
    December 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm


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