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President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaWhat does the Preamble to the Constitution have to do with Build Back Better? White House underscores action amid violent crime streak Biden frustration with Fox News breaks through surface MORE remembered the six “outstanding, brave men and women” killed in a terror attack in Afghanistan this week, in a Christmas message to U.S. troops in Hawaii.
“As we know, when you’re deployed overseas, it’s tough,” Obama said Friday at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay.
“And even though we’ve been able to reduce the number of folks who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every single day. And it’s still dangerous, as we saw this past week, where we had some outstanding, brave men and women who were killed.”
Six American troops in the U.S.-led coalition were killed Monday by a suicide bomber near Bagram Air Base.
The Taliban posted a message on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack.
“We never take for granted what all of you do for the American people,” the president said Friday. “You help keep us free. You help keep us strong. And whatever service you’re in, whatever branch, we are extraordinarily grateful for everything that you do every single day. And we hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas.”
Obama and his family are in the midst of an annual two-week vacation in his home state. A Christmas visit to the base has become a yearly tradition as well.
Mixed in amid hiking and dining out, the president has been working out at the Marine Corps Base gym, which he joked about in his message to troops.
“The only problem I’ve got when I’m here is having to work out with Marines in the gym,” the president quipped.
“Because I generally feel like your Commander-in-Chief is in pretty good shape, and then I get next to some guy curling 100 pounds and it makes me feel small,” he continued.
“But that’s okay. It gives me some inspiration. I’m going to work harder so I can keep up with you next year, all right?”