First Lady Michelle Obama Visits The Children's National Medical Center

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Speaker: Boys and girls, children of all ages, please welcome
the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama
along with Santa and Bo.
Speaker: Mrs. Obama is going to read
a book to us at this point, but thank you again for being here.
The First Lady: Thank you.
Thank you so much.
Can everybody hear me?
Children: Yes.
The First Lady: Well, it's good to be back.
Last year I came I had two additional guests.
Malia and Sasha came with me.
But they're in school, so they couldn't come.
But Bo got ready.
He's clean -- (laughter) -- so when we're finished,
anybody who --
Child: And he's groomed.
Mrs. Obama: And he's groomed.
Thank you, Gabriel.
(laughter) He is groomed.
So anybody who wants to pet him when we're done,
we'll walk him around, okay?
And I don't know if you remember last year,
but Bo barked at Santa.
But this year, Santa and Bo have become fast friends.
Santa: Absolutely.
The First Lady: So with that, I'm going to read one story,
and then I'll be able to answer any questions you guys have.
This is a Christmas classic. It's a favorite.
I read it earlier this week, was it, at the lighting of the
National Christmas Tree, so I'm going to read it to you guys.
It's "The Night Before Christmas."
All right? You ready?
Children: Yes!
The First Lady: Oh, not you, Bo.
Oh, man, he was doing so well.
Come here, Bo. Bo!
All right, I'm going to let him go.
Child: Good boy.
The First Lady: He's good.
He's good. He'll be fine.
Okay, we ready?
Child: Yes!
(The First Lady reads) 'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with
care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
First Lady: Can you guys see?
Child: My teacher read that before.
First Lady: Hopefully I do as equally good job but don't tell me if I don't.
(The First Lady reads) The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
First Lady: They are sleeping.
who do you think they are waiting for?
Children: Santa!
First Lady: I believe that true but lets see.
Child: They call him St. Nicholas.
First Lady: St. Nicholas yes they do call him that.
(The First Lady reads) When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
Child: Bo is in the story.
First Lady: Oh, that does look like Bo.
It's a Bo look alike.
What do you think he heard?
Why is he all in an uproar?
Children: Santa?
First Lady: Maybe so.
(The First Lady reads) The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre
of mid-day to objects below, When,
what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh,
and eight tiny reindeer,
First Lady: He is coming. He is coming.
Child: My momma read it too.
First Lady: Your momma and your teacher a lot of people read this story.
(The First Lady reads) With a little old driver,
so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
First Lady: Can you all try to say the names with me?
(The First Lady reads) "Now, Dasher!
now, Dancer!
now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet!
on Cupid!
on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch!
to the top of the wall!
Now dash away!
dash away!
dash away all!"
First Lady: Well, Gabriel asked about Rudolph.
you know he didn't make this story.
and I think -- Rudolph was around in another Christmas.
It was that stormy Christmas where it was a blizzard this was better weather.
So they probably didn't need him.
Child: Oh. (laughter)
(The First Lady reads) As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
Child: I want to go to you house.
First Lady: You want to come to my house?
Sounds good. We have got a lot of trees --
Child: And candy.
First Lady: And candy. Gabriel says toys and candy.
Child: (inaudible)
First Lady: We have all of that.
(The First Lady reads) And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing
and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
First Lady: How do you think he fits in that chimney?
How do you do it?
Santa: Hold your breath.
Child: You have to get close to it.
Santa: You have to get close to it to get into in true.
First Lady: That's very good.
(The First Lady reads) He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his sack.
Child: And a grown up saw Santa.
First Lady: And a grown up -- Only grown ups see Santa.
You do know that right?
Child: And children.
First Lady: Well that is on Christmas eve but you guys
see him before then.
(The First Lady reads) His eyes -- how they twinkled!
his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
First Lady: How does it feel having us talk about you in third person?
Santa: (laughs) It's a good thing.
First Lady: Good.
(The First Lady reads) The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook,
when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
Santa: Ho,Ho,Ho
Child: He has got his list with him.
First Lady: He has got his list with him and as he is looking over his list.
And I'm sure he is looking to see who is naughty or nice.
He is at that house going should I leave something?
So where are you going to be on the naughty or nice list?
Children: Nice.
First Lady: That's good, cause you see he is looking.
He makes that call right there in the chair.
(The First Lady reads) 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;
First Lady: So there is no need to be afraid of Santa right?
Children: Right.
First Lady: A man coming into you house at night Christmas eve.
Child: Cause he is our friend.
First Lady: Cause he is our friend absolutely.
(The First Lady reads) 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;
First Lady: He operates quickly.
(The First Lady reads) 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,
First Lady: What did he say everybody?
We can say this together.
Ready 1-2-3.
First Lady and Children: "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night."
Mr. Zechman: Mrs. Obama?
The First Lady: Yes.
Mr. Zechman: Thank you so much.
And I was told that you might have a couple
of minutes for a couple questions?
The First Lady: Yes.
Mr. Zechman: So, boys and girls, do you have some
questions for the First Lady?
Child: Where's Bo?
The First Lady: Where's Bo?
Where's Bo? Bo is around.
We're going to bring him out at the end.
Okay, we have a question.
Child: What is your favorite Christmas tree in the White House?
The First Lady : Oh, that's a good question, sweetie.
That's a very good question.
You know, there is -- the biggest Christmas tree that's in
the White House is in a room called the Blue Room.
And I don't know if you guys were watching TV, but that's the
tree that they bring in the day after Thanksgiving with the
horse-drawn wagon, and we have to go outside and look at it and
make sure it's just right.
Well, that tree this year is decorated by
some of the art students.
So some art students decorated it and they put ribbons on it
that represent each of the states.
And the theme for this year at the White House
is "Simple Gifts."
Child: The United States of America?
The First Lady: That very -- those states, absolutely, those United States.
But the theme this year is "Simple Gifts" because what
we're trying to remember is that Christmas can be celebrated with
some of the most basic things.
You don't need a lot of money.
You don't always have to have toys and lights and glitter.
You can have ribbons and hay and paper and recycled materials,
and you can make them look beautiful.
So a lot of the ornaments are made out of fresh dried fruits,
and there are newspapers that are folded in really interesting
ways that look beautiful, and they're spray-painted; a lot of
things that you can do at home with your moms.
So the big blue tree is decorated by some of the
students in that way.
So it's my -- that's my favorite tree.
Child: What did you get Bo for Christmas?
The First Lady: You know, I --Malia and Sasha are actually
responsible for shopping for Bo.
And I don't know what they're going to get him, but they're
probably going to get him some toys, because he loses his toys.
They're everywhere.
They're all over the White House, in the South Lawn.
I mean, the dog is a mess.
He just leaves his toys everywhere.
And then he loses them and then he's got nothing to play with.
So we probably need to get him some more toys.
All right? What do you think?
Do you think we should get him anything in particular?
You got any ideas?
Child: A ball.
Child: A chewy.
The First Lady: A ball, a chewy.
Okay, well, let's keep it down so he doesn't hear.
We want it to be a surprise, all right?
Child: What do you get the -- what are you going to get the
President for Christmas?
The First Lady: Ooh.
All right, look, look, the press is all like --
(laughter) --
because -- I'm not going to tell you because it's going to be in
the paper tomorrow, and then he's going to read it, and then
it won't be a surprise.
But first I have to see whether he's been naughty or nice.
I've been trying to figure that out.
What do you think I should get the President?
Child: When you're nice.
The First Lady: Only if he's nice.
Let's assume he's been nice.
What do you think?
Any ideas?
Any President gift ideas?
Child: What about a watch?
Mrs. Obama: A watch?
Okay, that's a suggestion.
Any other ideas?
Child: A President bell.
The First Lady: A President bell?
How would that work?
Child: Well, first you put it on the rooftop.
The First Lady: A rooftop President's bell.
All right, we'll think that through.
What about -- what do you think I should get him?
Child: You should get him a new suit.
The First Lady: Good idea.
The President needs a new suit.
What do you think I should get him?
Child: Candy!
The First Lady: Candy!
All right, let's take another question.
Those are all great ideas. Yes, sweetie.
Child: What did you ask Santa for this year?
The First Lady: You know, I didn't ask for anything in particular.
One of the biggest gifts I got this year was --
we got it this morning.
We signed an important law that helps make the school
lunches more healthy.
And that was my big Christmas wish.
I was talking to Santa, "Oh, please, Santa,
And he did. So I got my gift early.
Yes, sweetie.
Child: What does your family do on Christmas?
The First Lady: What we do every year since the girls have been
born, except for maybe one year, we go to Hawaii.
And that's where the President is from, so his family is there.
And because Hawaii is so far away, we often don't -- we don't
-- only get to go there once a year.
And you need a little time when you go to Hawaii because
it's a long flight.
Child: But you can go to Disney.
The First Lady: Well, Hawaii is not in Disney -- Disney is not in
Hawaii, although the girls would like that.
But it's on the way.
It's in California.
But we don't do that.
And let's not talk about that because we don't want that to be
an idea for the kids.
But when we go there, we really just spend time with family.
And we have a lot of fun traditions and places that we
like to go -- and going to the zoo.
Even though the kids are getting older, they still like to do the
same things over and over again -- going to the zoo, going to
get shaved ice, swimming in the ocean.
And we have a lot of friends and family with us, so we go with a
lot of people.
So there are a lot of kids in one house, and everybody is
noisy, and it's just fun.
Yes, what -- yes.
Child: How many chimneys are there in the White House?
And which one does Santa go in?
The First Lady: Oh, wow.
You know, I don't know how many chimneys there are because
there's a fireplace in almost every room in the White House.
And I think that's because it was built in a time where big
older homes were heated by fireplaces.
So if you were going to be warm in a room, and these rooms are
big with high ceilings, you had to have a fireplace.
Now, I've explained to Sasha that Santa will come down the
chimney in the Yellow Oval Room because that's where the biggest
tree in our house is.
So the expectation is that Santa will use that chimney.
But you never know.
I mean, you know, you don't know what you're going to do.
Sometimes you've got to change it up.
Child: Don't get burned.
The First Lady: So you won't -- and you won't get burned.
We will make sure the fires are out.
Santa: Yes, put the fires out.
The First Lady: That's a good -- that's a good thing,
that's a good thing.
We will see to it.
Thank you for that reminder.
Santa appreciates it.
Where is the mic?
Child: Can I --
The First Lady: Is it you again?
More questions. We've got hands here.
Let's make sure we get the mic over there.
I lost the mic.
The mic ladies.
Child: He's raising a hand over there.
The First Lady: Okay, we'll get -- we've got them back there.
Child: You know what, maybe you should get Barack Obama
a new hot tub.
The First Lady: You think he's got an old hot tub?
All right, that's another recommendation.
We've got a watch, a new suit, candy and a hot tub!
Got it. Yes.
Child: Maybe you should get him his own ornament.
The First Lady: His own ornament!
Well, what would it look like?
What do you think?
Child: Blue.
The First Lady: What do you think we'd do with it?
What would we put it on his --
Child: Hang it on the Christmas tree.
The First Lady: What should it look like?
Should it have colors?
Child: All blue.
The First Lady: All blue?
You know what, an idea -- that would be nice for you to make
him an ornament and send it to the White House
with your name on it.
Child: I want purple.
The First Lady: And purple, yes.
Purple or blue --
Child: And gold, too.
The First Lady: And gold, too, yes, yes.
Well, that's a great idea.
All right, we have a hand right here up front.
Oh, wait, okay, we'll go there and then --
Child: What's your favorite thing to eat for breakfast
on Christmas morning?
The First Lady: Oh, wow, that's a good question.
Child: I usually eat Honey Nut Cherrioes for breakfast.
The First Lady: Okay, we're not going to do any advertisements--
but that is a healthy breakfast, it is.
Child: What about some cookies?
The First Lady: I don't usually eat cookies for breakfast.
You know, I don't know.
I try to eat a light breakfast, because Christmas dinner is big,
right, and I want to save room for Santa.
Santa -- yes, Santa probably doesn't eat breakfast on
Christmas because he's had all those cookies.
Santa: Very full on cookies.
The First Lady: So he probably takes it light.
Speaker: We have one more question.
The First Lady: Okay.
Child: How is it living in the White House?
The First Lady: How is it living in the White -- it's nice,
it's very cool.
Child: Does it have a red carpet?
The First Lady: There are red carpets in the White House.
There actually are some red carpets.
But the most fun thing about living in the White House -- and
we say this all the time -- it's the People's House.
And we live in a house that's like a museum.
There's a part of the house that's a home, and it doesn't
feel like a museum, but the rest of it is open to anybody in the
world who wants to come and see.
And there's so much history.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
That means that 43 other families have lived there and
created memories, and they've created history.
And all that stuff is all on the walls, from the furniture to the
pictures, to the carpets.
And you can learn about that when you go.
So I hope that each of you guys at some point in your lives, in
your young lives, you come and visit the White House.
It's particularly fun at Christmas because
it's all decorated. There are 19 trees.
But even when it's not Christmas, there's always a
special place to visit.
So hopefully all of you will ask your families to bring you to
come see us at the White House.
All right?
You guys, they're a very bright crew here.
Mr. Zechman: Those were great questions.
I assume some of them are going to end up on that
back podium some day.
So Mrs. Obama, I want to thank you again for taking time out of
your busy schedule to be with us.
The First Lady: Oh, my pleasure.
Mr. Zechman: I want to thank our musicians who are going to
sing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" in just a second.
The First Lady: Nice.
Mr. Zechman: Thank you again, and Merry Christmas and God
bless to you and your family.
The First Lady: Thank you.
I'll walk around with Bo.
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