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tv   National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony  CSPAN  December 25, 2015 10:20am-10:41am EST

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oldest living national park first ladyger, and michelle obama reading "the night before christmas." reese witherspoon is the host of the ceremony. ♪ the 93rdlcome to annual christmas tree lighting. pretty exciting. the historic national park across from the white house on a wonderful winter night in the nation's capital. many americans will be celebrating with their own holiday traditions. we are glad to have joined us for music and more. let's hear it for the united states coast guard band.
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[applause] i would like to add a word of thanks to the men and women in uniform for serving around the world and being here this evening. great honor to welcome the first family of the united states. andpresident, mrs. obama, sasha and malia. happy holidays. ♪ president obama hello, everybody. happy holiday. you know my crew.
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happy holidays to reese and everyone here tonight. and everyone watching at home. let's begin the process of lighting the tree. we have a countdown. we will start at five. 1.4, 3, 2, reese: merry christmas. president obama: merry christmas, everybody. ♪
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reese: i am joined by good friend of mine and a very special guest. she is a show business legend. the one and only miss piggy, everybody. miss piggy: thank you. reese: how are you? i'm fine, but i'm worried the cold weather will be too much for a hollywood girl like you. i thought i would do you a favor and host the rest of the show. reese: i don't think that is necessary. miss piggy: you have an academy award. give me something. reese: we will talk about that later. miss piggy: you bet we well.
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a christmas go to story. thes a tradition to read night before christmas. miss piggy: what fun. reese: and we are honored to be joined by the first lady of the united states, michelle obama. [applause] [applause] ♪ first lady obama: hello there. miss piggy: hello. first lady obama: hello miss piggy, how are you? miss piggy: you looks at. almost as fabulous as me. -- it is all thanks to your let's move campaign. i have been working out and eating healthy. first lady obama: i am very proud of you. miss piggy: but you are going to have some cake later, right? first lady obama: maybe. but now we are going to read a story. are you guys ready for that? are you ready miss piggy?
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miss piggy: yeah. first lady obama: we are going to read, " the night before christmas." 'twas the night before christmas, what all through the house not a creature was , stirring, not even a mouse. miss piggy: the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that saint nicholas soon would be there. first lady obama: the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads. and mama and her kerchief and i in my cap, had just settled down for a long winter's nap. miss piggy: then out on the lawn, there is rose such a clatter. i sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. first lady obama: the way to the window i flew like a flash, opened the shutters and threw up the sash. at the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below.
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miss piggy: when what to my wondering eyes should appear of a miniature sleigh and a tiny reindeer. first lady obama: with a little old driver so lively and quick, i knew in a moment and must be saint nick. miss piggy: -- and he whistled and called them by name. now coment -- first lady obama: to the top of the porch, to the top of the away,ll, dash away, dash dash away all. dry leaves before the hurricane flies, when they meet like an obstacle mount in the sky. miss piggy: so up to the house
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top the flu, with the sleigh full of toys and saint nicholas too. , first lady obama: then i heard on the roof, the prancing and hoof. of wach little down the chimney saint nicholas came with a bound. miss piggy: he was dressed all fur from his head to his foot , and his close or tarnished ashes and soot. first lady obama: he looks like a peddler just opening his pack. his eyes how they twinkled committed them both home mary, his nose was like a cherry. miss piggy: his little mouth drawn up like a bow, and the beard on his agenda was as white as the snow. first lady obama: and the pipe he held tight in his teeth and the smoke encircled his head like a wreath. miss piggy: he had a broad face and a little round belly that shook like jelly.
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>> he was chubby and plump a right jolly old elf, and i laughed when i saw him in spite of myself! >> a wink of his eye and a twist of his head, soon gave me to know i had nothing to dread. >> he spoke not a word but went straight to his work, and filled all the stockings then turned with a jerk. >> and laying his finger aside of his nose, and giving a nod up the chimney he rose! >> he sprang to his sleigh to his team gave a whistle, and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. >> but i heard him exclaim 'ere he drove out of sight -- >> 'merry christmas to all and to all a good night!'" [applause] >> please welcome the director of the national park service.
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♪ >> thank you for joining us for one in the events that truly make the holidays sparkle for visitors. the annual lighting of the national christmas tree is a tradition. it helps us kick off the tradition of the park service's 100 tradition. we are inviting everyone to find your park. is national park visits are regular tradition, or you have never been, we want all americans to discover a new national park experience. it is my honor to introduce someone special to us. old.s 94 years the oldest park ranger.
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[applause] at the rosie the ineter historical home front california. she was part of the war effort in richmond. her story is an important part of history written in richmond in the 1940's. i would like to introduce a a dedication to sharing a more complete and has inspired so many, including me. please welcome betty. ♪ ♪ betty: thank you, director jarvis. i was last in washington in 2009 on january 20 four a presidential inauguration. in my breast pocket was a
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great-grandmother, a woman born into slavery in 1846 in st. james parish louisiana. , it is fitting that i return to washington tonight with my granddaughters and an area known this is apse, because verse local -- this is a full circle moment. i have the opportunity to share my life experiences through the community and outreach programs. i cannot wait to get back and tell everyone about this most special one. in the season of hope and promise, reflection and celebration, it is my honor to present to you, the president of the united states, barack obama.
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[applause] ♪ pres. obama: merry christmas, everybody. [applause] pres. obama: thank you, betty, for that introduction. for your extraordinary service as one of our park rangers. and, for all of your, and your great-grandmother's, contributions to this country. please give betty a round of , applause. [applause] pres. obama: i want tips from betty on how i can look that good at 94. i also want to thank betty's
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boss, jonathan jarvis, and and everybody from the national park service and the national park foundation for everything they do to protect and care for america's great outdoors. and for helping us find our park this year and every year. and thank you reese witherspoon. [applause] pres. obama: and each of tonight's outstanding performers. this, is of course, the most wonderful time of the year. we would be remiss not to take a moment to remember our fellow americans whose hearts are heavy tonight. who grieve for loved ones, especially in san bernardino, california. their loss is our loss too, but -- for we are all one american family. we look out for each other. in good times and in bad.
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they should know that all of us care about them this holiday season. they are in our thoughts, in our prayers, and we send them our love. now, this is the 93rd time americans have gathered by the white house to light the national christmas tree. as always, this tree is not alone. all across america in living rooms and offices, churches and town squares, families and neighbors are gathering to decorate trees of their own and get into the holiday spirit. it is a chance to come together and focus on what really matters, the simple gifts of family and friends. the wonder and hope in a child's eyes.
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of course, the spirit of giving and compassion that can help all of us find new meaning in the world around us. that is the message of the child whose birth families like mine celebrate on christmas. a prince born in a stable that taught us that we should love our neighbors as ourselves. and we are our brothers keepers, our sisters keepers, and we should visit the sick, help the hungry welcome the stranger. these are the lessons of jesus christ, but they are also the bedrock values of all faiths. cherished, be embraced, not only during the holidays but to be practiced in , our daily lives. during this holiday season let's come together as brothers and
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sisters around the humanity that we share. let's reach out to those who can use a hand. let's summon the spirit of togetherness that has always helped to keep america as a shining example to the world. and let's give thanks for those americans that protect that idea. especially, those stationed far from home for the holidays our men and women in uniform and the families that sacrifice so much for us. it is because of them that we can greeteely, we freely. you. holidays to all of god bless you all and the
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united states of america. thank you, very much. [applause] announcer: on the next "washington journal: the chair of the group level the playing field on efforts to open tosidential debates third-party candidates. year end tax preparation advice. plus, your phone calls, tweets, comments.ok "washington journal" on c-span. this holiday weekend, book tv brings you 2 days of nonfiction books and authors. saturday at 7:00, the run for new york city mayor in 1965. the latest book, the generals: patton, marshall, and the winning of world war ii. , whye question i'm asked
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annual ceremony for contributions to american culture. president obama and the first lady posted these honorees in the east room. they include carole king, george readout.tertainer this is 20 minutes -- entertainer sicily tyson, and conductor seiji ozawa. it is about 20 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the 2015 kennedy center honorees. carole king. [applause]
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>> george lucas. [applause] >> rita morena [applause] >> seiji ozawa. [applause] >> cicely tyson. [applause]

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