Obamas pay tribute to soldiers on Christmas

Obamas in their radio address paid tribute to to men and women in uniform.

Honolulu (Hawaii): US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Christmas Day paid tribute to members of the US military and urged Americans to give support to men and women in uniform.

"Today, we`re also thinking of those who can`t be home for the holidays -- especially all our courageous countrymen serving overseas," Obama said in his Saturday radio address, which he delivered together with his wife.

Michelle Obama urged Americans to support troops either personally or through volunteer work at "organizations that support military families."

"And anybody can send a care package or pre-paid calling card to the front lines, or give what`s sometimes the most important gift of all: simply saying `Thank you,`" the first lady noted.

The president pointed out that US soldiers have done everything they have been asked to do.

"They`ve been everything we`ve asked them to be," Obama noted. "And even as we speak, many are fighting halfway around the globe -- in hopes that someday, our children and grandchildren won`t have to."
Since moving into the White House in January 2009, Obama has tripled the number of US troops in Afghanistan, bringing it to about 100,000.

At the same time, he has reduced the number of US servicemen stationed in Iraq to about 50,000. A full withdrawal of US forces from Iraq is scheduled for next year.
The Obama`s are celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, the president`s home state.
"Christmas dinner will be steak, roasted potatoes and green beans - with pie for dessert," a White House spokesman said.

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