President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wished Americans a Merry Christmas in their last annual Christmas address.

The two joked about the president’s “countless dad jokes” while saying it “has been a true privilege” to celebrate the holidays in the White House for the last eight years.

“The greatest gift that Michelle and I have received over the last eight years has been the honor of serving as your president and first lady,” said the president.

In the Saturday address, he revisited some of the key initiatives passed during his administration.


“Together, we fought our way back from the worst recession in 80 years, and got unemployment to a nine-year low.  We secured health insurance for another twenty million Americans, and new protections for folks who already had insurance.  We made America more respected around the world, took on the mantle of leadership in the fight to protect this planet for our kids, and much, much more,” he said.

The Obamas also talked about their Christian values and encouraged Americans to be welcoming of all faiths and religions.

“Tomorrow, for the final time as the First Family, we will join our fellow Christians around the world to rejoice in the birth of our Savior.  And as we retell His story from that Holy Night, we’ll also remember His eternal message, one of boundless love, compassion and hope,” the president said.

“The idea that we are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper.  That 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,” the first lady added.

Before concluding the address, the Obamas thanked the men and women in uniform for their “courage and dedication” to their country. And they urged Americans to “honor and support the service members, veterans and military families … not just during the holidays, but all year round.”

“And on behalf of the all the Obamas – Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Bo, and that troublemaker Sunny – Merry Christmas, everybody,” the president concluded, while the first lady wished Americans “a happy and healthy 2017.”

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