"Merry Christmas everybody!...Celebrating the holidays in the White House over these past eight years has been a true...Posted by The Obama White House on Saturday, December 24, 2016
As is their tradition, Michelle and Barack Obama shared their Christmas greeting address on Saturday, and it's definitely bittersweet since it's their last in the White House. Expressing their gratitude for the last eight years, the Obamas' Christmas message is chiefly hopeful for America's future. "By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we first got here and I'm hopeful we'll build on the progress we've made together," the president says.
Michelle relates the Christmas spirit to the heart of American values, regardless of religion: "We should treat others as we would want to be treated. And that we care for the sick, feed the hungry and welcome the stranger, no matter where they come from, or how they practice their faith," she says. The president and first lady also convey their supreme appreciation for "men and women who wear our country's uniform and their families" who embody the Christmas spirit.
One of the best parts comes when Michelle throws in a quip about her husband's cheesy penchant for "countless dad jokes," which he defends as funny (though Michelle disagrees), and a clip of their very first Christmas address eight years ago.
Looking to the New Year, President Obama closes the video with a simple request: "Let's resolve to recommit ourselves to the values we share."