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Two-Legged Dog to Inspire British Troops Wounded in Afghanistan

A dog named Faith inspires others simply by being able to walk with just her two hind legs.

Special Services Bowman with Faith

Tonic/Marc Hertz~There are some things you have to see to believe, and Faith is one of those. She’s a labrador-chow mix born without one front leg and another that was severely deformed, only to be removed when Faith was seven months old due to atrophy. What’s truly amazing about Faith is that, despite having only her two hind legs, she can still walk on them, as you can see in the video below.

Faith is something of a celebrity, having appeared on Oprah a few years ago, and according to The Sun, she’s actually an honorary sergeant. The US Army gave her that title because she’s helped disabled veterans trying to overcome injuries they sustained in war zones, even donning a military jacket when she visits bases or hospitals. As her owner, Jude Stringfellow, was quoted, “Faith seems to inspire these young men. It’s very emotional watching them respond to her. She shows what can be achieved against great odds.”

Now, she’s planning to go international. Stringfellow wants to bring Faith to the UK, so she can bring her own brand of inspiration to those troops wounded in Afghanistan. Before she can do so, though, quarantine rules will have to be met. For the sake of those wounded soldiers, let’s hope they have the chance to see Faith “marching” their way.

Please learn more about Faith on her website

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The True and Heart-warming Story of Jasmine the Greyhound

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Jasmine

Jasmine

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been abused.

In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a haven for animals abandoned, orphaned, or otherwise in need.

Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

Jasmine and foxJasmine, however, had other ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It would not matter if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal. Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Geoff relates one of the early incidents. “We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre, and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them.”

Jasmine with another one of her 'babies'. She has cared for 15 rabbits in total

Jasmine with another one of her 'babies'. She has cared for 15 rabbits in total

“But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them, and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose.”

Jasmine and Bramble the roe deer

Jasmine and Bramble the roe deer

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, fifteen chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits – and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster-mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection, and makes sure nothing is matted.

“They are inseparable,” says Geoff. “Bramble walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It’s a real treat to see them.”

Jasmine and Bramble

Jasmine with Bramble, with a mother's heart doing best what a caring mother would do...

Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.

And, just in case you wondered, Snopes.com has verified the truth of this wonderful story and the reality of these photographs which accompany the story.

Snopes noted, that this a summary of an article “Meet Jasmine, the Rescue Dog Who Has Become A Surrogate Mother for the 50th Time” which appeared in the Daily Mail on 31 December 2008. They couldn’t really add much to the story that wasn’t related in the original news article, other than to note that they contacted the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary and were assured by assistant manager/trustee Stacey Clark that “the story is 100% true, Jasmine is still with us and is still looking after the odd waif and stray.”

Snopes also said, as to the question of whether some of the photographs displayed above might have involved some use of digital manipulation, Stacey told them that all the pictures were real, and that “The only ‘work’ that has been done is that the Barn owl was sat on a towel so that he didn’t hurt Jasmine with his claws, but we took the towel away so you could see the full beauty of Jasmine, as after all the story is about her.”

Pictured from the left are: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine

Pictured from the left are: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl; and Jasmine

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Breaking News: Bill Clinton Hospitalized for Chest Pain


4:23 CST~President Bill Clinton was rushed to the Columbia Campus of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan today after experiencing chest pain.

Douglas Band, a counselor for the 63-year-old former President, says he is in “good spirits” and released the following statement:

“Today President Bill Clinton was admitted to the Columbia Campus of NY Presbyterian hospital after feeling discomfort in his chest.

Following a visit to his cardiologist, he underwent a procedure to place 2 stents in one of his coronary arteries.

President Clinton is in good spirits and will continue to focus on the work of his Foundation and Haiti’s relief and long-term recovery efforts.”

The statement continues, “In 2004, President Clinton underwent a successful quadruple bypass operation to free four blocked arteries.”

UPDATE: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has announced that she’s on her way from Washington to be with Bill.

Story developing…

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    First Lady Michelle Obama Surprises White House Tour Visitors

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    One year ago on January 20th, after President Obama was inaugurated, he and the First Lady decided to surprise visitors who were on White House tours to reinforce the message of the White House being the Peopleโ€™s House. Mrs. Obama is marking the first year by continuing this tradition โ€“ taking some time to greet visitors of the Peopleโ€™s House. Even first dog Bo gets in on the act. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Holiday Season at the White House with the Obama’s ~ 2009

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    November 27, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Kick Off Christmas at White House

    First lady Michelle Obama, with her daughters Sasha and Malia, as they stand with the White House Christmas tree as it is delivered to the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.

    First Lady Michelle Obama, with her daughters Sasha and Malia, as they stand with the White House Christmas tree as it is delivered to the North Portico.

    AP/—The White House is open for Christmas. A day after celebrating Thanksgiving, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha received the official White House Christmas tree: an 18ยฝ-foot Douglas fir delivered from a farm in Shepherdstown, W.Va., by traditional horse-drawn carriage. Growers Eric and Gloria Sundback officially presented the tree to the Obamas on Friday. It’s the fourth time one of their trees has become the official White House tree.

    Malia, Michelle, and Sasha Obama welcome Mark Steelhammer, left, and Eric and Gloria Sundback to the White House.

    Malia, Michelle, and Sasha Obama welcome Mark Steelhammer, left, and Eric and Gloria Sundback to the White House.

    It’s big enough for Sasha to climb in, I think,” Sundback joked after the Obamas walked from the North Portico of the White House to the driveway where the tree was tied up and lying in the carriage, pulled up the driveway from Pennsylvania Avenue by a pair of Belgian draft horses with red Christmas bows tied to their tails. A sign affixed to the side of the carriage said “White House Christmas Tree 2009.” “We’re excited,” Mrs. Obama told the Sundbacks. Asked by reporters whether the tree was the biggest she ever had, the first lady said: “Yeah, I think this wins.”

    The 12-foot wide tree in the oval-shaped Blue Room on the State Floor of the White House, is the star attraction of Christmas at the White House, and will be oohed and aahed over by the thousands of people who will stream through in December for holiday parties and public tours of the executive mansion.

    The tree, which the Sundbacks planted in 1996, was hand-picked on Oct. 20 on a visit to the Sundback’s farm by retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, the White House chief usher, and Dale Haney, superintendent of the White House grounds. Besides the official tree, more than a dozen smaller trees from the Sundback farm will decorate other rooms in the White House, including the Oval Office. The Sundbacks, both in their 80s, earned the honor by winning the National Christmas Tree Association’s national contest this year for the fourth time. A tree from the winner’s farm is then chosen as the official White House tree, an annual tradition that dates to 1966. The Sundbacks have grown Christmas trees since 1956 and were thrilled by the opportunity to meet their fourth first lady.

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    December 2, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama Unveils White House Christmas Decorations

    The First Lady debuts the 2009 White House Christmas decorations in the Cross Hall of the White House. She is accompanied by U.S. Marines as she promotes the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots program

    The First Lady debuts the 2009 White House Christmas decorations in the Cross Hall of the White House. She is accompanied by U.S. Marines as she promotes the Marine Corp's Toys for Tots program

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama became the entertainers-in-chief, hosting nearly 30 parties during their first holiday season at the White House. More than 50,000 people have received invitations to attend one of the 17 holiday parties and 11 open houses at the White House that started in early December.

    The Red Room of the White House, with holiday decorations, Dec. 2, 2009. This years holiday theme at the White House is reflect, rejoice and renew.

    The Red Room of the White House, with holiday decorations, Dec. 2, 2009. This years holiday theme at the White House is reflect, rejoice and renew.

    This isn’t just throwing open the White House doors and putting out some drinks and appetizers. The Obamas attended each party, greeted guests in a receiving line, posed for photos at most of the events and even mingled among the partygoers at a select few.

    The Obamas pledged to open up the White House and make it a more open, welcoming place to average Americans. Guests at the White House holiday parties get to explore the mansion’s state floor, which holds famous rooms like the East, Red, Green and Blue rooms and the State Dining Room.

    The White House tree is also lit with environmentally sound LED lights

    The White House tree is also lit with environmentally sound LED lights

    The theme of this year’s decorations is “reflect, rejoice and renew.” The displays are scaled down from previous seasons in an acknowledgment of the tough economic times and also to highlight the Obamas’ emphasis on recycling. Some of the decorations, in fact, are from previous administrations, but with an Obama twist.

    We decided to do something just a little different,” Michelle Obama said earlier this month. “We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House.”

    Guests still will be able to admire an annual, mouthwatering White House tradition — the gingerbread replica of the president’s mansion, made over the last six weeks by White House pastry chef Bill Yosses. The 400-pound White House is made out of white chocolate and gingerbread with flourishes of marzipan to create the vegetables in the Obamas’ garden and the furniture in the State Dining Room.

    The ornaments are hung on the tree with blue ribbon embroidered with the words "reflect," "rejoice" and "renew" in several different languages

    The ornaments are hung on the tree with blue ribbon embroidered with the words reflect, rejoice and renew in several different languages

    The largest tree in the mansion โ€” an 18 1/2 -foot Douglas fir adorning the Blue Room โ€” is festooned with hundreds of ornaments, all recycled from previous administrations and spruced up by groups around the country to reflect cherished landmarks. Chicagoans clearly had a vote, since the city is represented in orbs singling out the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago and the DuSable Museum of African American History. โ€œSweet home, Chicagoโ€ is the rhapsody on another ornament. It takes its place with ornaments depicting a Georgia peach, a Maryland crab and others heralding spots from Maine (the Wiggly Bridge near York Harbor) to California (the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library).

    A view of the White House Green Room

    A view of the White House Green Room

    Planning for the holidays began last summer, and the first of an expected 50,000-plus holiday visitors began streaming through December 1st. There were dozens of โ€œelvesโ€ behind the decorating, which, while elaborate, was more understated than in recent years. Ninety-two volunteers from 24 states put in more than 3,400 hours of their time. Among the volunteers were some from the Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago. White House staffers and National Park Service workers also rolled up their sleeves in the effort.

    The East Room is decorated with fresh garlands, blue hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus and beaded fruit

    The East Room is decorated with fresh garlands, blue hydrangea, seeded eucalyptus and beaded fruit

    They helped erect a large, ornate nativity scene in the East Room, graced by four fireplaces wearing opulent fresh garlands on their mantels. There, as in the other rooms on the State Floor, Mother Nature is amply represented with adornments of dried hydrangea (leftovers from White House floral arrangements), honeysuckle vine, magnolia branches, cranberries, gigantic pine cones and painted magnolia leaves. Several ruby-red wreaths were created from the magnolia leaves. Two 8-foot topiary trees were crafted from dried pepper berries, all from California. The flowers? They range from pink-tinged white amaryllis, fringed with pepper berry, to pale pink roses married with boxwood.

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    December 3, 2009

    The 86th Anniversaryโ€“Lighting of The National Christmas Tree

    The National Christmas Tree Lighting once again provided an opportunity for all Americans to come together to celebrate the season and to share the message of peace.

    Presented by the National Park Service and National Park Foundation, an all-star lineup of stars offered a diverse program of holiday music, including traditional songs with dashes of pop, folk and hip-hop.

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    December 13, 2009

    Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special


    Oprah Winfrey ushered in the holidays at the White House, visiting President Barack Obama and the First Lady as they prepared for their family’s first Christmas there.

    The intimate, informative and entertaining hour-long special included a one-on-one conversation with the President, marking the first time Oprah had interviewed him since he took office, as well as an exclusive sit-down interview with the first couple. The special showcased behind-the-scenes preparations as the White House gets ready for the holiday season. Winfrey’s special included a tour of White House holiday decorations and an appearance by Bo, the family’s dog.

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    December 16, 2009

    The White House Hanukkah Party: A Special Menorah from Prague, Kosher Foods, and a Larger Guest List

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch as a child lights the Hanukkah candles

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch as a child lights the Hanukkah candles

    Obama Foodorama—December 16th was the sixth night of the Jewish Festival of Lights, and President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted their first Hanukkah party at the White House. The event spilled between the State Dining Room and the East Room, and a Jewish student choir will perform. A very special 19th century menorah was loaned to the White House for the traditional candle lighting ceremony, and it was lit by the two young children of a Jewish soldier deployed in Iraq. The special koshering of the White House kitchen was overseen by Rabbi Levi Shemtov, who heads the Washington office of the American Friends of Lubavitch.

    President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle greets the crowd before his speech at Hradcansky square in Prague on April 5, 2009

    President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle greets the crowd before his speech at Hradcansky square in Prague on April 5, 2009

    The sterling silver menorah is on loan from the Jewish Museum in Prague, at the request of Mrs. Obama, who visited when she was touring Prague’s Jewish Town in April, while President Obama was on his first official visit there. The menorah dates from 1783, and is the work of Viennese silversmith Cyril Schillberger. On December 1, Leo Pavlat, director of the Jewish Museum, handed the menorah over to Mary Thompson-Jones, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States of America, in a brief ceremony. Pavlat noted that the museum was pleased to loan the menorah to the Obamas, and regarded it as a symbolic connection between the Jewish communities in Moravia and Bohemia and those in the United States. When she was in Prague, Pavlat acted as Mrs. Obama’s tour guide during her tour of Jewish historical sites.

    Pavlat and Thompson-Jones during the menorah hand off in Prague

    Pavlat and Thompson-Jones during the menorah hand off in Prague

    On Dec. 11, the first night of Hanukkah, President Obama sent holiday greetings from the White House, in Hebrew and English:

    ื”ืฆื”ืจืช ื”ื ืฉื™ื ืื•ื‘ืืžื” ืœืจื’ืœ ื—ื’ ื”ื—ื ื•ื›ื”

    ืžื™ืฉืœ ื•ืื ื•ื›ื™ ืฉื•ืœื—ื™ื ืืช ืžื™ื˜ื‘ ืื™ื—ื•ืœื™ื ื• ืœื›ืœ ืžื™ ืฉื—ื•ื’ื’ ื‘ื™ืžื™ื ืืœื” ืืช ื—ื’ ื”ื—ื ื•ื›ื” ื‘ืจื—ื‘ื™ ื”ืขื•ืœื. ืกื™ืคื•ืจ ื—ื ื•ื›ื” ืฉืœ ื”ืžื›ื‘ื™ื ื•ืฉืœ ื”ื ืกื™ื ืฉื”ื ื—ื•ื• ืžื–ื›ื™ืจื™ื ืœื ื• ืฉืืžื•ื ื” ื•ื”ืชืžื“ื” ื”ืŸ ื›ื•ื—ื•ืช ืขืฆื•ืžื™ื ื”ืžืกื•ื’ืœื™ื ืœืงื™ื™ื ืื•ืชื ื• ื‘ืชืงื•ืคื•ืช ืงืฉื•ืช ื•ืœืขื–ื•ืจ ืœื ื• ืœื’ื‘ื•ืจ ืขืœ ืžื›ืฉื•ืœื™ื ื›ื ื’ื“ ื›ืœ ื”ืกื™ื›ื•ื™ื™ื.

    ื—ื ื•ื›ื” ื”ื•ื ื”ืขืช ืœื ืจืง ืœื—ื’ื•ื’ ืืช ืืžื•ื ืช ื”ืขื ื”ื™ื”ื•ื“ื™ ื•ืืช ืžื ื”ื’ื™ื•, ืืœื ืœื”ืขืœื•ืช ืขืœ ื ืก ืืช ื”ืฉืื™ืคื•ืช ื”ืžืฉื•ืชืคื•ืช ืฉืœ ื‘ื ื™ ื›ืœ ื”ื“ืชื•ืช. ื‘ืฉืขื” ืฉื‘ื ื™ ืžืฉืคื—ื”, ื—ื‘ืจื™ื ื•ืฉื›ื ื™ื ื ืืกืคื™ื ื™ื—ื“ื™ื• ื›ื“ื™ ืœื”ื“ืœื™ืง ืืช ื”ื ืจื•ืช, ืžื™ ื™ืชืŸ ื•ื”ืœืงื—ื™ื ืฉืœ ื—ื ื•ื›ื” ื™ืฉืžืฉื• ื”ืฉืจืื” ืœื›ื•ืœื ื• ืœื”ื•ื“ื•ืช ืขืœ ื”ื—ืกื“ ืฉื ืคืœ ื‘ื—ืœืงื™ื ื•, ืœืžืฆื•ื ืžืงื•ืจ ืื•ืจ ื‘ืชืงื•ืคื•ืช ืื•ืคืœ ื•ืœืคืขื•ืœ ื™ื—ื“ื™ื• ืœืžืขืŸ
    ืขืชื™ื“ ื™ื•ืชืจ ืžืœื ืื•ืจื” ื•ืชืงื•ื•ื”

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    Rahm Emanuel, White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama, addresses attendees at the 2009 Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Ellipse, near the south grounds of the White House

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    Emmanuel joined two Rabbis in a cherry picker at the top of the menorah to ignite three oil lamps marking the 3rd night of the eight-day festival

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    December 16, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Toys for Tots

    First Lady Michelle Obama praised the soldiers and volunteers who worked on the Marine Corps program.

    First Lady Michelle Obama praised the soldiers and volunteers who worked on the Marine Corps program.


    First Lady Michelle Obama visits the U.S. Marine Corps Reserveโ€™s Toy for Tots warehouse in Stafford, VA to deliver some of the more than 500 toys collected during a White House drive. Started in 1947, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation collects and distributes toys to less fortunate children for Christmas. The program helps make sure needy children have something to unwrap on Christmas morning. The First Lady was told about an abundance of toys for younger children. She asked the public to think about needy older children when shopping for toys to donate.

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    December 17, 2009

    Gloria Estefan Interviews President Obama in the White House for the Univision special “Our Christmas”


    In an interview for Univision, singer Gloria Estefan interviewed the President, asking the โ€œvery important questionโ€ฆwhich chimney will Santa be coming down?โ€

    The answer: the chimney in the Yellow Room in the middle of the Residence, โ€œso thatโ€™s where we are going to set the cookies and the milk, because after working all night, giving the giftsโ€ฆ. we want to make sure when it comes to the White House that he feels like he is getting good service.โ€ The Obamas will also set out โ€œa little reindeer snack.โ€

    At the end of the interview the President sent seasons greetings and a call to service to viewers and military families in the Hispanic community…en Espaรฑol. โ€œEn esta temporada festiva, todos queremos estar con nuestros seres queridos, pero tambiรฉn podemos tomar el tiempo para ayudar a nuestras comunidades. Cada persona puede hacer una gran diferencia. Michelle y yo les deseamos una Feliz Navidad.โ€

    Translation: โ€œIn this holiday season, we would all like to be with our loved ones, but we should also take the time to help our communities. Each person can make a big difference. Michelle and I wish you a Merry Christmas.โ€

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    December 20, 2009

    The 11th Annual Christmas in Washington Concert

    TNT rang in the holidays in musical style with 11th annual presentation of Christmas in Washington. Performers included were Mary J. Blige, Neil Diamond, Sugarland, Usher, Rob Thomas and Justin Bieber joined host George Lopez in this spectacular holiday celebration.

    Annually attended by the President and First Lady and other Washington VIPs, Christmas in Washington is a holiday musical celebration taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., with proceeds going to the National Childrenโ€™s Medical Center.

    Before the show started, four little girls dressed as elves helped the first couple place a gift for the Children’s National Medical Center under a Christmas tree. President Obama deemed the quartet โ€“ Avery, age 4, Anna, age 6, Abigail, age 4, and Reagan, age 7 โ€“ โ€œSantaโ€™s little helpers,โ€ and introduced each, replacing their last name with โ€œElf.โ€

    Though Anna Elf (on the left), seemed unimpressed, telling the President: “I’ve never seen you before!” He responded, laughing, “I’ve never seen you before.”

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    Sugarland's  Kristian Bush, left, Mary J Blige, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle and George Lopez sing Christmas carols

    Sugarland's Kristian Bush, left, Mary J Blige, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle and George Lopez sing Christmas carols

    President Obama spoke of helping those in need during the holidays, as well as honoring those in the military: “With our men and women in uniform serving far from home, in harm’s way, our fervent wish remains this season, and all seasons: Let there be peace on earth,” he said. Near the end of the show, Lopez introduced President Obama and First Lady Michelle. The President thanked the performers and offered some holiday thoughts:

    This season we celebrate that sacred moment. The birth of a child, the message of the love we preach to the world. We are our brother’s keeper. We are our sister’s keeper. And pure in heart, we do unto others as we have them do unto us. We devote ourselves to good works. We are summoned to be peacemakers. More the 2,000 years later,that spirit still inspires us. That’s why this celebration tonight benefits Children’s National Medical Center and all the children whose lives they touch and they save.

    That’s why so many of our fellow citizens struggle during tough times. We are called upon to help neighbors in need. That’s why, with our men and women in uniform serving far from home, in harm’s way, our fervent wish remains this season, and all seasons to let there be peace on Earth. To all Americans, from our family to yours, Merry Christmas and God bless.โ€

    After addressing the crowd, the Obamas stayed on stage with all the performers to sing carols, starting with “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” The president wiped a tear from his eye during the sing-along.

    Mary J. Blige Sings Oh Holy Night

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    Usher Sings Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

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    Justin Bieber Sings Some Day At Christmas

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    Sugarland Sings Gold and Green

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    Rob Thomas Sings New York Christmas

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    December 21, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Malia & Sasha Answer Kids’ Questions, While Bo Barks At Santa

    President Barack Obama says the only Christmas presents he needs from his daughters are hugs.

    During an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Obama said he and First Lady Michelle Obama decided several years ago not to buy each other presents. Obama says that doesn’t always save him money because he makes up for that on birthdays and Mother’s Day, but it does save him some wrapping time around the holidays.

    Although the President said all he wants for Christmas is hugs from his daughters, first daughters Sasha and Malia have other plans. During a Q&A with kids at the Children’s National Medical Center on Tuesday, the girls revealed they’re getting their father “sports stuff.” They also talked about how Christmas will be different now that they’re in the White House and what they’re planning for the holidays. Bo the First dog came along for the visit.

    December 21, 2009

    President Obama Visits Boys & Girls Club, Reads To Children

    Barack Obama brought a beloved book to read. He brought a press entourage. He brought cookies shaped like Bo the dog. Hey, he brought himself.

    But the president of the United States still got a little Christmas reality Monday from a bunch of kids: High-tech toys rule.

    Dashing into a Boys & Girls Club in northeast Washington, Obama asked about 25 youngsters what they wanted from Santa Claus.

    An Ipod. A video game. A TV. A video game. A cell phone. A video game.

    Now let me ask you a question here guys,” Obama finally said. “What ever happened to, like, asking for a bike?”

    For a president snowbound in the White House, a visit to this community center was a nice mix of missions: a way to give back, a nice photo opportunity with a cute collection of children, and a chance to tell the country that the holidays are about generosity of spirit โ€“ not just gifts.

    Obama took off his suit coat and read “The Polar Express,” a magical Christmas classic, holding it forward so the seated children could see the pictures.

    The children paid quiet attention throughout. Obama rewarded them by grabbing his red velvet-wrapped basket of cookies and offering the children a choice of shapes: Bo the family dog, a gingerbread man or a Christmas maple leaf.


    December 22, 2009

    Photostream: Holidays at the White House

    Holiday season at the White House began with a very simple idea: to include as many people, in as many places, in as many ways as possible. In this spirit, they’ve posted a video tour of this year’s decorations and the making of the gingerbread White House; now see the holidays through the lens of the White House Photo Office.
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    December 23, 2009

    The Official White House Christmas Portrait of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a formal portrait in front of the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 6, 2009

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a formal portrait in front of the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House, Dec. 6, 2009


    December 23, 2009

    First Lady Michelle Obama Reads The Night Before Christmas

    First Lady Michelle Obama visits Children’s National Medial Center in Washington D.C. to read “The Night Before Christmas“. Joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, the First Lady continues this tradition of visiting with patients which dates back to Bess Truman.

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    December 24, 2009

    President Obama’s Weekly Address: Celebrating Christmas and Honoring Those Who Serve

    For the first time in a weekly address, the President is joined by the First Lady as they celebrate Christmas. They both honor those serving overseas, those who have sacrificed for their country, and the families that stand by them. December 24, 2009.
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    December 24, 2009

    Mele Kalikimaka: The Obama Family’s Annual Christmas Vacation

    Hawaii’s home-grown president, Barack Obama and the First Family traveled back in Honolulu on Dec. 24. They celebrated both Christmas and New Year’s in the islands.

    In the past, Obama made a point of celebrating Christmas with his grandmother Madelyn Payne Dunham. The woman who raised Obama when his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was working and studying in Indonesia, died last November.

    Also in past years, Obama would spend time with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. The President’s sister and her husband, Konrad Ng, are also expected back in Honolulu. They were living in Washington, D.C., this year while Ng, a University of Hawaii professor, was scholar-in-residence at the Smithsonian Institution’s Asian Pacific American program.

    President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their children Sasha and Malia leave the White House

    The First Family Arrives In Honolulu, Hawaii

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    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet soldiers and their family members for Christmas during a visit to Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 25, 2009 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii



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    A Dog Dances Way Better Than Tom Delay

    Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLayJust sayin…and the dog works for bacon and doesn’t have any of those pesky legal bills. ;-)

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    Senator Max Baucus, “Whose Side Are You On”

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    Courtesy of The Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy For America

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