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tv   Tour of White House Christmas Decorations  CSPAN  December 26, 2015 5:25am-5:41am EST

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oldest living ranger, and first lady obama. actress reese witherspoon is the host of the ceremony. ♪ reese: good evening. welcome to the annual christmas tree lighting.
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pretty exciting. we are in the historic presence park acrossidents from the white house on a wonderful winter night in our nation's capital. millions of americans will be celebrating the season with their own holiday traditions, but tonight we are glad that you joined us here for a terrific night of music and more. speaking of music, let's hear it for the united states coast guard band. [applause] reese: i also want to add a special welcome and thanks to all the men and women in uniform serving around the world. and to you this evening. now it is my great honor to welcome the first family of the united states. [applause] reese: mr. president, mrs. obama, sasha and elia. -- malia. happy holidays. ♪ president obama: hello everybody. happy holidays. you know our crew, melia, sasha,
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michelle, grandma. [laughter] president obama: happy holidays to everyone here tonight and everybody watching at home. now let's begin the process of lighting the tree. we have a countdown going on. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 -- [applause] ♪ president obama: merry christmas everybody. ♪ [joy to the world] ♪ reese: i am joined by a very
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good friend of mine and a special guest. she is a show business legend in her own right, the one and only miss piggy. [applause] reese: how are you? miss piggy: i am fabulous, but i am worried that the cold weather could be a little too much for a hollywood girl like you. reese: it is a little brisk. miss piggy: i thought i would do you a favor and host the rest of the show. reese: i do not think that is necessary. miss piggy: you have an academy award, give me something. [laughter] reese: we will talk about this later. miss piggy: you bet we will. reese: it is time for a christmas story. miss piggy: what? reese: it is a tradition to read the night before christmas. miss piggy: what fun. reese: and we are honored to be joined by the first lady of the
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united states, michelle obama. [applause] ♪ first lady michelle: hello there. miss piggy: hello. first lady michelle: hello miss piggy, how are you? miss piggy: you looks fabulous. 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 michelle: i am very proud of you. miss piggy: but you are going to have some cake later, right? first lady michelle: we will skip that. but now we are going to read a story. are you guys ready for that? are you ready miss piggy? miss piggy: yeah. first lady michelle: we are
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"twas the night before christmas." 'twas the night before christmas, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. miss piggy: the stockings were hung in hopes that saint nicholas soon would be there. first lady michelle: 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 michelle: away to the window i flew like a flash, opened the shutters and threw up the sash.
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and the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave a luster of midday to objects below. miss piggy: when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and a eight tiny reindeer. first lady michelle: with a little old driver so lively and quick, i knew in a moment, it must be st. nick. miss piggy: and he whistled and called them by name.
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first lady michelle: to the top of the porch, to the top of the dash away, dash away, 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 top the flu, with the sleigh full of toys and saint nicholas too. first lady michelle: then i heard on the roof, the prancing and pawing of each little hoof. down the chimney saint nicholas came with a bound. miss piggy: he was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot and his close or tarnished with such. -- soot. first lady michelle: he looks like a peddler just opening his
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pack. his eyes how they twinkled 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 and the his chin -- beard on his chin was as white as the snow. first lady michelle: 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 when he laughed like a bowl full of jelly. he was a jolly old elf and i laughed when i saw him. in spite of myself. first lady michelle: a wink of his eye and a twist of his head still told me that i had nothing to dread. miss piggy: he spoke not a word, but went straight to his work and filled all the stocking and turned with a jerk.
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and laying his finger on the side of his nose, of the chimney he rose. first lady michelle: he sprang to his sleigh and gave a whistle and away they all flew like the down of a thistle. miss piggy: but i heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, merry christmas to all and to all a good night. [applause] first lady michelle: high five miss piggy. low five. way to go. >> please welcome the director of the national park service, jonathan jarvis. ♪ jonathan: thank you for joining us for one of the events that truly makes the holidays sparkle for visitors to the nations -- nation's capital. this is our 100 anniversary coming in 2016. we are inviting everybody to come and find your park. national park visits -- if you have never visited, we want all americans to discover a new national park experience. tonight it is my great honor to introduce to you someone very special to us in the national park service. oskin is 94 years old and the oldest park ranger. [applause] she works at rosie the riveter historical park in richmond,
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california. she was part of the war effort in richmond and while she does not really think of herself as a rosie, her history is one that was written in the 1940's. it is my pleasure to introduce a woman whose experience and dedication for sharing a complete american story has inspired so many. including me. please welcome betty. [applause] ♪ betty: thank you, director jarvis. washingtonin in january of 2009 for a presidential inauguration. in my breast pocket was a
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picture of my 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 in an area known elipse, because this is a full circle moment. i have an opportunity to share my experience with the community outreach programs. i cannot wait to get back and tell everyone about this most special one. in this season of hope and promise, reflection and celebration, it is my honor to present to you the president of the united states. barack obama. [applause] ♪
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president obama: merry christmas, everybody. [applause] president 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]
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president obama: i want tips from betty on how i can look that good at 94. [laughter] i also want to thank her boss, jonathan jarvis, 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] president 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, for we are all one american family. we look out for each other. in good times and in bad. they should know that all of us care about them this holiday season.
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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 and 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. and of course, the spirit of giving and compassion that can help all of us find new meaning
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in the world around us. that is the message of the child whose birth we celebrate on christmas, a prince born in a stable that taught us that we should love our neighbors like ourselves. -- that we are our brothers' keepers, our sisters' keepers, and we should help the sick, welcome the stranger. these of the lessons of jesus christ and that they are also the bedrock values of all faiths, values to be cherished, 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 sisters around the humanity that we share. let's reach out to those who can

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