Weekly Address: Celebrating Christmas and Honoring Those Who Serve

For the first time in a weekly address, the President is joined by the First Lady as they celebrate Christmas. They both honor those serving overseas, those who have sacrificed for their country, and the families that stand by them. December 24, 2009. (Public Domain)

President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting in preparation for a phone call with a Member of Congress, in the Oval Office, Dec. 24, 2009.

President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting in preparation for a phone call with a Member of Congress, in the Oval Office, Dec. 24, 2009.

It was Christmas Eve. The Senate had voted early this morning to pass health care reform. The President was about to leave for Hawaii on vacation. Everyone was in a good mood as the Vice President talked to the President and Rob Nabors, the deputy director of OMB.

Dec. 24, 2009
“It was Christmas Eve. The Senate had voted early this morning to pass health care reform. The President was about to leave for Hawaii on vacation. Everyone was in a good mood as the Vice President talked to the President and Rob Nabors, the deputy director of OMB.”

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, talk in the Oval Office, Dec. 24, 2009, after the U.S. Senate passed health insurance reform.

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Phil Schiliro, assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs,  talk in the Oval Office, Dec. 24, 2009, after the U.S. Senate passed health insurance reform.

The First Lady Reads “The Night Before Christmas”

First Lady Michelle Obama visits Children’s National Medial Center in Washington D.C. to read “The Night Before Christmas”. Joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, the First Lady continues this tradition of visiting with patients which dates back to Bess Truman. December 22, 2009

12/22/09: White House Press Briefing

White House Press Briefings are conducted most weekdays from the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room in the West Wing. (public domain)

President Obama Speaks After Meeting with Community Bank CEOs

The President discusses his meeting with small and community banks where he urged them to start lending to help the economic recovery. December 22, 2009. (Public Domain)

The Gingerbread White House

Each year, the White House Pastry Team comes together with other members of the White House staff to work on a favorite holiday tradition: The White House Gingerbread House. December 2, 2009 (Public domain)

Dec. 22, 2009 “This was a planning meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. The President was leaning back in his chair, taking in the discussion.”

Dec. 22, 2009
“This was a planning meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. The President was leaning back in his chair, taking in the discussion.”

The President Brings Christmas Cheer to Boys and Girls Club

President Obama reads from The Polar Express and talks about the meaning of Christmas as he delivers cookies to a Boys and Girls Club in Washington, DC. December 21, 2009. (Public Domain)