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tv   National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony  CSPAN  December 23, 2017 2:18pm-2:44pm EST

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>> good evening everybody. how are you? merry christmas and advance. we want to welcome you to president's part for the 95th annual national christmas tree lighting. what an amazing night here across from the most famous house not just in america, maybe
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the world. dean: i had my glasses on. the old eyes are going after a while. kathy lee: superman and clark kent. dean: for all of you and all of us and everyone around the country, the holidays are about family traditions. tonight, as we get ready to light the magnificent tree and listen to great music we are not only mindful of her own families, but the families of the men and women serving in uniform around the world. your service and sacrifice our inspirations to each and every one of us. thank you very much. lee: millions of people will celebrate with their own traditions, but tonight we are glad to have joined us for a terrific night of music and more. speaking of music, let's start it -- let's hear it for the united states navy band. [applause] dean: way to go.
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kathy lee: it is my great honor to welcome the first family of the united states. the president of the united states and misses trump -- mrs. trump. ♪ kathy lee: mr. president and mrs. trump, merry christmas and happy holidays. president trump: i just wanted to thank you very much, kathy lee, and we are here at presidents park. we want to wish everybody a merry christmas and a happy new year. have unbelievable holidays and , we are going to light a very beautiful tree and i will ask our to get ready and maybe we first lady will do a count down from 10. so we will go 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5,
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4, 3, 2, 1. [applause] ♪ ["joy to the world" playing]
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♪ [applause] kathe lee: what a treat to have these next guys with us tonight. dean: the beach boys. [applause] ♪
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she's candy apple red with a ski for a wheel and what santa hit peelas just watch her it's the little things that st. nick. >> please welcome father francis foley. >> ladies and gentlemen, please feel free to join me. let us pray. holy seasonave this phyllis of kindness. major message of love and mercy proclaimed by prophets and saints across the centuries remind us to embrace and share all that is good and true and beautiful.
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bless this christmas tree and our nation. wisdomll americans the to forgive old hurts, the willingness to grow in love, and the glowing spirit that reflects the golden rule. lord, may all who pass this symbol of love be filled with joy and inspired to share your generosity and kindness with all who are in need. in your most holy namely pray, amen. >> from the national park service. >> good evening. on behalf of the entire national parks service, i want to love you to presidents park. it's an honor to be here as they celebrate my 10th year as a
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national park service ranger. [applause] i grew up in brooklyn, new york. i've always wanted to visit big national parks. grand canyon and yellowstone are so amazing, but also so far away. instead i spent time with my family at my local parks. when i began a summer job at gateway national recreation area in queens, new york, i discovered national parks for under my nose the entire time. there can national parks in new york city alone. -- are ten national parks in new york city alone. now i share my love of my family and friends, like you. my nationalravel park passport is in my back pocket in case i get an opportunity to visit the park. don't judge me. my book is a little messy.
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i invite you all to visit and enjoy your national parks with your loved ones this holiday season. these adventures are cherished memories and may be closer than you think. now here to perform a timeless christmas classic, please -- ome the claimed ♪ yourself a merry let your hearts be light from now on your troubles will
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be out of sight ♪ a merrye yourself little christmas make the yuletide gay ♪ >> please welcome the president and ceo of the national park foundation. ♪ >> good evening, everyone. they haven't called america's best idea, are beautiful and majestic national parks. we are in one right now. mr. president, first lady, you live in a national park. in partnership, with the
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national park service the national park foundation welcomes you to your first in america's 95th national christmas tree lighting. thank you. welcome. [applause] just as we are gathered here this evening, our national parks are truly common ground where americans come together and share the beauty, wonder and inspiration of these great places. of the grandwe canyon and yosemite, at yellowstone and glacier. we feel our national spirit at the lincoln memorial, the statue of liberty, and not rushmore. -- mount rushmore. we are inspired by heroes at gettysburg pearl harbor, the vietnam veterans memorial, and flight 93. the examples of susan b anthony, martin luther king and cesar chavez remind us of our struggles for equality. these places are our american
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inheritance, the parks and historic sites that along to all of us. the legacy that each generation passes to the next, the gifts we give our children, and our grandchildren. foundationonal park repairs to celebrities 50th anniversary we know protecting our national parks has never been the work of government alone. so much depends upon the energy and commitment of local partners working to support parks closest to their own communities. this holiday season and all seasons i invite you to join us, supporting our parks is the way all of us can come together as one american family and help preserve our common inheritance now and forever. thank you all for joining us this evening. merry christmas, happy holidays. see you in the parks. [applause] >> please welcome the secretary
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of the interior ryan zinke. ,♪ ♪ sec. zinke: well, merry christmas, america. in just a few weeks, it will be christmas. the nativity scene, presents under the tree, and milk and cookies for santa will be seen all across this great land. i'm honored to join you for another iconic image, this blessed holiday, the national christmas tree lighting. i would like to thank the national park service, our rangers, and the national park foundation for the dedication and their help in making tonight possible. [applause] sec. zinke: thank you. as americans, we can all agree that our national parks and public land are our greatest treasures. we encourage all americans to
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visit a park a battlefield, or , just enjoy the great outdoors this season. enjoying our public lands and celebrate the holidays are traditions of that bring all american families together. as a retired navy seal commander, i would ask everyone to say a very special prayer for our troops and their families. for many military families, a loved one will not be at the table this year. some are deployed, some are fighting overseas, while others have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. to these brave patriots, we are eternally rightful and we want to extend a special tribute to our gold star family's. now -- thank you. [applause] sec. zinke: now i would like to introduce a man who loves our parks, loves our military, and loves our country. the man who brought merry
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christmas back to our nations capital. [applause] and you did, sir. it is my high honor to introduce the president of the united states, donald j. trump, and our beautiful first lady. [applause] ♪ [applause] president trump: thank you very much, everybody.
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this is a great honor and something very special. i want to thank for doing a fantastic job, from day one, secretary zinke. today is a day i have been looking very much forward to to all year long. it is one we have heard and speak about an dream about and now, as the president of the united states, it is my tremendous honor to finally push -- wish america and the world a very merry christmas. [applause] pres. trump: i want to thank everyone who has come together here right in front of the white house, that beautiful, beautiful white house, and everybody watching from home to see the lighting of this incredible national christmas tree. for nearly a century, through good times and bad, every president has taken part in this
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wonderful tradition, first started by president coolidge. but i was informed tonight that the weather we have is the best it's been in 25 years. [applause] pres. trump: in fact i said, is it always like this? and the secretary said, it hasn't been like this for a long time. so we are very lucky. finally, in 1870, president ulysses s grant signed legislation making christmas a federal holiday. and i sort of feel, we are doing that again. that's what happening. -- what is happening. from the earliest days of our nation, americans have known christmas is a time for prayer and worship, or gratitude and goodwill, for peace and renewal. melania and i are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season. we are thrilled to think about people across the nation and all
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across the continent whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of christmas. for christians, this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our lord and savior jesus christ. the christmas story begins two thousand years ago with a mother, a father, baby son, and the most extraordinary gift of all, the gift of god's love for all of humanity. beliefs, we know the birth of jesus christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. there is hardly an aspect in our lives today that his life has not touched. art, music, culture, law, and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person everywhere in the world. each and every year, at
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christmas time, we recognize that the real spirit of christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are, each one of us is a child of god. that is the true source of joy this time of the year. that is what makes every christmas merry. and that is what we remember in today's beautiful ceremony, that we are called to serve one another, to love one another, and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world. and so tonight, i think the -- thank the millions of americans that light our lives and brighten our wonderful communities. i think those who serve the needy during the season and throughout the year. i thank our military men and
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women who are stationed around the world keeping us safe. i thank our law enforcementnk officers who protect the streets and our homeland. i thank our teachers, pastors, and all those religious and those people that have taught us so much, for their leadership in our communities and our society. and especially tonight, i thank america's families. at christmas, we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of american life. and so, this christmas we ask for god's blessings, for our family, for our nation. and we pray that our country would be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and the nation blessed with faith. on behalf of melania, myself,
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baron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren, they are here with us tonight. i want to thank you, god bless you, and god bless the united states of america. thank you very much. merry christmas. [applause] merry christmas. happy new year, thank you. [applause] announcer: president trump is spending the christmas holiday away from washington. yesterday he arrived in palm beach, florida where he will be spending the next several days at his mar-a-lago resort. he is expected to return to the white house after the new year. on newsmakers this weekend, our guest is roger stone, a republican strategist and friend of president trump. keep gives his -- he gives his
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assessment of the president's first year in office and the special counsel investigation into questions of collusion between the trump campaign and russia. he is also asked how administration officials use the anyident's ability to serve possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove him from office. >> you go back to the 25th amendment here. do you have any evidence that anyone is actively plotting, emptying, or laying the groundwork right now inside the cabinet, inside the administration? obviously, that would be the mechanism for that to happen. not people in the senate, not people -- penance, inside his own white house. like you, i have sources. i work my sources. yes, i believe there are some who have had this discussion. this is both outside the cabinet and in. i think it is the fallback plan
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for the establishment. that is why i am trying to sound the clarion call. you will see an enormous uptick stories irresponsible smearing the president as non-compass, non-up to the job -- not up to the job. particularly if mr. moeller should issue to and miss. i am being realistic about what i believe is the resolve of mending the political establishment to remove the president under any means necessary. >> who are we talking about? the secretary of state, the defense secretary, the vice president? tom, i cannot reveal those sources. i am not fair to do so. >> i'm sorry. i am not asking you to reveal your sources here. who are your sources telling you? who are the people that would be doing this? thehere are members of
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cabinet who have had this discussion, let me leave it at that. announcer: you can watch the rest of that interview with republican strategist roger stone this sunday at 10 a and 6:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. all this week, washington journal is featuring authors of key books published during the year. join us for our live conversation with authors about their popular books. sunday morning, michael eric dyson talked about his book "tears we cannot stop, a sermon to wide america." christmas, henry olsen with the working-class republican. ronald reagan and the return to blue-collar conservatism. tuesday, concern with "republican like me, how i left the liberal bubble and learn to love the right." on wednesday, angela j davis with her book "policing the black man." on thursday, a former representative with his book "life in the marble palace."
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on friday, author and scholar with digital world war, islamists, extremis, and the fight for cyber supremacy. on saturday, december 30, jessica bruder with her book "no man's land, surviving america in the 21st century." 31, they, december "gatekeepers, how the white house chief of staff to find every presidency." authorton journal's series for the next week at 8:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. c-span.org, and c-span radio. as part of the 30th anniversary of the c-span video library, two former members of congress, steve briere and tim warner participated in a discussion on how television coverage has impacted politics. >> good evening.
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hello, and welcome to the 30th anniversary celebration of the c-span archives. i am robert browning, the director of the archives. we are just delighted that you all are here. it was 30 years ago this month that we turned on the vhs machine. [laughter] >> i have to explain what those are. they made a lot of noise as they wound and rewound. today, it is all digital recording. our original goal was to index -- to record everything on c-span, to index it and make it available for public use. it is fun, now, 30 years later to look at how those goals have been met which is what our panel is about. back then, the internet did not exist. digital recording was unknown.

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