Obama offers Christmas wishes at children's benefit concert

President Obama and his family late Sunday attended “Christmas in Washington,” an annual concert benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center.

“Every year, we mark the holiday season with celebrations and good cheer. And I should remind my girls that I like getting Christmas presents as much as anybody,” Obama joked during comments at the National Building Museum. “But this is also a time to remember the story of a child born to two faithful travelers on a holy night, long ago.”

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“The sacred birth of Jesus Christ was God’s gift to man on Earth. And through His example, He taught us that we should love the Lord, love our neighbors, as we love ourselves. It’s a teaching that has endured for generations. And today, it lies at the heart of my faith and that of millions of Americans, and billions around the globe,” Obama added.

“No matter who we are, or where we come from, or how we worship, it’s a message of hope and devotion that can unite all of us this holiday season,” Obama said. “It compels all of us to reach out and help our less fortunate citizens — our poor, our sick, our neighbors in need — and to serve those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.”

Obama also offered holiday wishes to American service members and their families.

“To all Americans, from our family to yours — God bless you, and have a very merry Christmas,” Obama added.

The concert, hosted by actor Hugh Jackman and featuring performances by the Backstreet Boys and Sheryl Crow, will air on TNT on Dec. 20. 

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