Obama sends holiday cheer to the press
December 23rd, 2011
04:06 PM ET

Obama sends holiday cheer to the press

Before President Obama boarded Marine One to leave for his annual holiday trip to Hawaii, he made a surprise stop to wish the press corps Christmas greetings.

"Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time with your family," he told reporters and cameramen as he shook hands with each person. He spent about ten minutes greeting those who cover his every move.

The relationship between the White House press corps and the president can sometimes be adversarial but on this occasion it was strictly a time for holiday cheer.

Earlier during his statement in the James Brady Briefing Room, the president wished "Happy Holidays" to several groups of people, including the White House press corps.

"So I want to wish everybody a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, a happy New Year to you and your families - and that includes everybody here in the press corps," he said. "I know you guys have been working hard, and your families will be happy to spend a little more time with you over the next few days."

It almost felt like a deja vu.  Last year, the president did the same as he boarded his helicopter before departing for Hawaii.  Maybe he's starting a new holiday tradition!

Topics: Christmas • Hawaii • President Obama

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Victoria avgam54

    what a guy? our president is not only well eduacted and a true symbol of american exceptionalism he is a pretty cool dude.

    December 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • realist

      oh, yeah....a real example of honor and patriotism.....what a fool you are.....!

      "holiday cheer".....revolves around WHAT holiday???? CHRISTMAS!!! But if you don't even celebrate it with your own family,...in fact he takes a moment to celebrate OTHER religious holidays except Christianity....then why would you "spread the cheer"??? HUH???

      Seems a bit hypocritical to me!

      He's such a joke

      December 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  2. Patrica

    I just love him! Just think, this country would be so much better off if the republicans wasn't just set to make him a one-term president. Some of you people need to just think for yourself. The ones that can't, I have some ocean front property to sell you in Kansas.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm |
  3. Larry

    Thanks Victoria – he is.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  4. Trace

    Absolutely correct. Our president, though he's called names everyday, remains a very decent person. I don't know that I could do the same, but Thankfully America doesn't have to find out. :>)

    December 24, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  5. george of the jungle

    ditto So glad we don't have a jerk for president. Class all the way. Glad he represents the US to the world.

    December 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
  6. jerry

    noshame mr president....always in the media blitz..and many of you fools eat it up. hahaha

    December 24, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  7. m

    Does he still smoke?

    December 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm |