Washington: President Barack Obama and
first lady Michelle Obama offered Christmas wishes to the US,
including a special thanks to the military. They urged
Americans to help support military families this holiday
In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said
serving as commander in chief has been his greatest honour as
president. He saluted the "selfless spirit" of those who serve
and said he has been "humbled, profoundly" by those who made
the ultimate sacrifice.
"So to all our men and women in uniform spending the
holidays far from home - whether it`s at a base here in the
states, a mess hall in Iraq or a remote outpost in Afghanistan
- know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers," the
president said in a message released two days early because of
"And this holiday season, and every holiday season,
know that we are doing everything in our power to make sure
you can succeed in your missions and come home safe to your
Mrs Obama recalled her visits with "military spouses
doing the parenting of two" to keep their households together.
"But even these strong military families can use a
hand, especially during the holidays," she said, her first
time sharing the president`s weekly address.