Sunday, 25 December 2016


In case you didn't make the Obamas' Christmas card mailing list this year, the president is spreading the holiday cheer with a message of love on Twitter.
President Barack Obama tweeted: 'The best part of the holidays is the time we share with those we love. On behalf of Michelle, Malia, and Sasha, Merry Christmas everyone.'
He posted a candid photograph of the first family -  the same one featured in the official White House holiday card - as the Obamas continue their vacation in Hawaii.
The Obamas broke tradition for their final holiday greetings and used a candid image taken back in March during the State Dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Michelle Obama shines in Jason Wu while President Obama looks dapper in a tuxedo with his arms wrapped around his wife and two daughters in elegant Naeem Khan gowns.
Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza posted the same photograph on his Instagram a week ago, paying tribute to the first family.
He said he took photos of the family before the formal State Dinner, but when the Trudeaus arrived, they all gathered out on the Truman Balcony.
He wrote: 'At one point, the Prime Minister asked if we could do a photo of he and his wife with the Obama family. Click, click, click. 
'Then, he said I should do a photo of just the Obama's. I could have said, "Sir we already did one before you arrived." But instead, I clicked off a few quick frames.
'And lo and behold, it was this picture that Justin Trudeau asked me to take which everyone loved as the choice for the 2016 White House holiday card.'
Vice President Joe Biden also tweeted on Sunday: 'Merry Christmas from all the Bidens. For all those troops serving abroad, away from their families today, know that you're in our hearts.'
That message was reiterated on Saturday, when Barack and Michelle released their pre-recorded Christmas address from the White House while they were on vacation in Hawaii.

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