Navy corpsmen help Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden into gowns before their meeting with patients and families during a Christmas visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Navy corpsmen help Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden into gowns before their meeting with patients and families during a Christmas visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., Dec. 25, 2011.

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American service members stationed around the world, from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011. WHCA Presidential Communications Officer CPT Mallory Fritz and Military Aide Lt. Col. Sam Price coordinate the calls in the background.

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American service members stationed around the world, from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011. WHCA Presidential Communications Officer CPT Mallory Fritz and Military Aide Lt. Col. Sam Price coordinate the calls in the background.

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American servicemembers stationed around the world from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011.

President Barack Obama makes phone calls to 10 American servicemembers stationed around the world from his vacation rental home in Kailua, Hawaii, Dec. 24, 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered the phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011.

Weekly Address: The President and First Lady Thank our Troops for their Service this Holiday Season

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama offer a special holiday tribute to the men and women who wear our country’s uniform and the families who support them. December 23, 2011.

The 2011 Hanukkah Lamp

Hear the history of the Menorah that will be used during the festival of lights this year at the White House.

The difference: What 40 Dollars Means

The President had a chance to meet a few of the folks who took to the web to make the pay roll tax cut happen. Take a moment to hear what they had to say.
It began when we asked everyone to show how that missing $40 would affect them and their families. In a matter of hours thousands of vivid, powerful stories from Americans of all ages, all backgrounds, from every corner across the country were pouring in. For some, $40 means dinner out with a child who’s home for Christmas, for others a tank of gas or a charitable donation. In just two days, tens of thousands of Americans were making their voice heard.

President Obama on the Payroll Tax Cut Extension

The President thanks Congress for ending the stalemate and urges them to reach an agreement that extends the tax cut through all of 2012. December 23, 2011.

President Barack Obama looks out the windows of Air Force One with Nicky and Zachary DeParle, sons of Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, during the flight to Hawaii, Dec. 23, 2011.

President Barack Obama looks out the windows of Air Force One with Nicky and Zachary DeParle, sons of Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, during the flight to Hawaii, Dec. 23, 2011.

President Barack Obama plays with Bo, the Obama family dog, aboard Air Force One during a flight to Hawaii, Dec. 23, 2011.

President Barack Obama plays with Bo, the Obama family dog, aboard Air Force One during a flight to Hawaii, Dec. 23, 2011.