Posts Tagged ‘Christmas

02
Dec
16

Ready! Set! Christmas Tree!

01
Dec
16

The First Family Attends The National Christmas Tree Lighting

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30
Nov
16

Decorations!

26
Nov
16

Trees! Trees! Trees!

19
Mar
16

The Obamas: A True Meaning Of Family Values

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha pose for a family portrait with Bo and Sunny in the Rose Garden of the White House on Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015.

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Annie Gabillet: How the Obamas Taught Us What Family Values Really Mean

I came of political age during an era of “family values.” I cast my first vote for president of the United States in 2004, the year so-called values voters helped pass laws banning same-sex marriage in 11 states. In the political language of the time, family values meant opposing gay marriage, opposing abortion, opposing stem cell research. Many politicians publicly position themselves as respectable public servants who put God and the traditional family first — especially after President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal in the late ’90s. But over the last seven years, we’ve witnessed a president who showed us what family values really look like, rather than tell us in campaign commercials. In President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, we’ve witnessed a consistent example of mutual love and respect that’s both practical and inspiring.

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Both Barack and Michelle have worked hard to strengthen other American families with initiatives that focus on families and children. With Let’s Move!, Michelle Obama put herself and her dance moves out there to encourage parents to make good choices about family health and nutrition. With My Brother’s Keeper, a program launched in 2014, the president made efforts to encourage responsible fatherhood and close opportunity gaps faced by young men of color. And with Let Girls Learn, Michelle took the cause global, stressing that girls’ education is about more than gender equality: it’s essential to economic development. Again, the first couple is putting family values into action. We don’t hear much about family values anymore, but we have seen them on display during the Obama White House. I credit the Obamas and their actions for reminding us what family values really look like.

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25
Dec
15

Tracking Santa

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First Lady Michelle Obama: “I’m helping to track Santa tonight. He’s flying all over the world delivering presents to boys and girls. And I can see him on my radar screen in his sleigh, and he’s heading towards your house.” —The First Lady and NORAD are tracking Santa’s sleigh around the world

14
Dec
15

The President And First Lady’s Day

President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the counter-ISIL campaign in the Pentagon briefing room  in Arlington, Virginia

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First lady Michelle Obama walks with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, and Bo Obama, right, arrives to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First Lady Michelle Obama arrives with Stephen Orzechowski to read “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington

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Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, leans in as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children's National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama, sitting with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, left, Bo Obama, second from right, and Luna Fera, 11, answers questions after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama quiets the audience as she answers the question on what she is going to get President Barack Obama for Christmas during a visit to the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Stephen Orzechowski, 5, sits at left, and Bo Obama is at right. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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First lady Michelle Obama greets children after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

First lady Michelle Obama poses for photos after reading "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, points to Santa Claus as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, reaches out for Santa's beard as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Patient Stephen Orzechowski, 6, raises his hand as First Lady Michelle Obama reads "T'was the Night Before Christmas" to children during her visit to Children’s National Health System in Washington, December 14, 2015. On the right is the Obama's dog Bo. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

First lady Michelle Obama sits with Stephen Orzechowski, 5, center, and Santa Claus as she reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" to a group of children at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. Her appearance continued a first lady tradition that dates back more than 60 years to Bess Truman, who first brought holiday cheer to children not well enough to leave the hospital in time for Christmas. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

03
Dec
15

The National Christmas Tree Lighting

The First Family at the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington

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President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Miss Piggy read ‘Twas the night before Christmas” to children

U.S. President Barack Obama and his family watch the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. From left are daughters Maila and Sasha, Marian Robinson and first lady Michelle Obama. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama waves next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama reads "'Twas the night before Christmas" to children during the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after lighting the National Christmas Tree during the Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. Daughters Sasha (L) and Malia are at his side. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, and his mother-in-law Marian Robinson, walk to their seats during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Ellipse in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

U.S. President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughter Malia push a button to light the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he with First lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughters Sasha (L) and Malia host the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse near the White House in Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama hugs Santa Claus as Muppet Miss Piggy watches as Obama hosts the National Christmas Tree Lighting and Pageant of Peace ceremony on the Ellipse Washington December 3, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

27
Nov
15

First Lady Michelle Obama Receives The White House Christmas Tree

First lady Michelle Obama walks out with her dogs Bo and Sunny, to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. This year's White House Christmas tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, was presented by Jay Bustard, left, and his brother Glenn Bustard, center, from Bustard's Christmas Trees in Lansdale, PA. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First Lady Michelle Obama walks out with her dogs Bo and Sunny, to welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree. This year’s White House Christmas tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, was presented by Jay Bustard, left, and his brother Glenn Bustard, center, from Bustard’s Christmas Trees in Lansdale, PA

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First Lady Michelle Obama walks with her dogs Bo and Sunny as she welcomes the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington November 27, 2015. This year’s White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Fraser fir grown by Jay (L) and Glenn Bustard in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

First lady Michelle Obama with her dogs Bo and Sunny, welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. This year's White House Christmas tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, was presented by Jay Bustard, left, and his brother Glenn Bustard, center, from Bustard's Christmas Trees in Lansdale, PA. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First lady Michelle Obama is pulled away by her dogs Bo and Sunny, after welcoming the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015. This year's White House Christmas tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, was presented by Glenn Bustard, left, from Bustard's Christmas Trees in Lansdale, PA. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

14
Dec
14

Christmas in Washington

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