The Obamas' Final Holiday Address Is The Inspiring And Inclusive Message We Need This Season

"Merry Christmas, everybody!"

This Saturday marked both Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah. To commemorate the festive season, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shared their final holiday message with the American people. The joyful and inclusive video is a reminder of just how much we'll miss them come January.

The address starts off with a cute throwback to the couple's very first Christmas message, in which President Obama couldn't quite keep from laughing. There's also a mention of the president's many dad jokes, which he admits have sometimes gotten "a frosty reception."

"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," President Obama says. He recalls some of his administration's biggest accomplishments, from lowering unemployment to providing health insurance for millions of Americans.

The Obamas go on to invoke the lesson of "boundless love, compassion and hope" taught to them by their Christian faith — "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."

In the true spirit of the season, their message is one of togetherness. "Those are values that help guide not just my family's Christian faith," President Obama says, "but that of Jewish Americans, and Muslim Americans, non-believers and Americans of all backgrounds."

The Obamas close their address by encouraging Americans to support military families.


Watch the Obamas' final holiday message in the video below:

(H/T: Time)


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