Obamas salute military in their Christmas message
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Last Updated: Friday, December 25, 2009, 12:52
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 season.

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 Christmas.

"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 families."

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.


First Published: Friday, December 25, 2009, 12:52

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