WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – President Joe Biden marked his first Christmas in office by calling on military service members stationed around the world, wishing them a happy holiday and expressing gratitude for their service and sacrifice to the nation.
Accompanied by his wife, Jill, and their new puppy, the Commander, the president on Saturday from service members representing the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force and Coast Guard stationed at bases in Qatar, Romania, via video talked to. Bahrain and the US
“As your Commander in Chief, I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you, thank you, thank you,” he told service members. “We are grateful for your courage, your sacrifice, not only your sacrifice but your family’s sacrifice.”
Speaking from a studio set up at the White House, Biden told them they are the “solid steel backbone of the nation” and stressed the nation’s “truly sacred obligation” to take care of soldiers and their families.
Jill Biden expressed sympathy for the hardships that families experience spending the holidays away from their loved ones, noting that Bidens experienced the same thing when her son Beau, who served as a major in the Delaware Army National Guard. served in, was posted to Iraq.
The Bidens planned a relatively quiet Christmas at the White House with the family. According to the White House, Friday night the president and First Lady attended Holy Trinity’s Christmas Eve mass virtually in the East Room, and held pasta dinners and sleepovers with their children and grandchildren, a Biden family tradition.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to be driven by the highly contagious Omicron version, Bidens sought with her public appearances and statements to offer a sense of unity and normalcy in an otherwise challenging season for many.
In a Christmas statement, Bidens praised the “enormous courage, character, resilience and resolve” of the American people in the face of the pandemic, and prayed that the nation would find “light in the dark” during a difficult season.
Bidens said in his statement, “During this season of joy, we are inspired by the countless Americans who are reminded that the things we hold sacred unite us and help us overcome distance, time and even distance.” that even crosses the barriers of the pandemic.”
And the call for soldiers was just the latest Christmas tradition the two participated in, after spreading holiday cheer around Washington on Christmas Eve. On Friday morning, he visited Children’s National Hospital to wish the young patients and their families a happy holiday. The president shows pictures of his new puppy and Jill reads a children’s book to the patients.
Afterwards, the two stopped by a Jill Biden-themed Christmas tree in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. The president hung a 2021 White House Christmas ornament with pictures of his wife’s face, apples and small chalkboards among branches to pay tribute to her teaching career.
The two answered calls to the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Santa-tracking service, talking to parents and children about their Christmas wish lists.