Biden, First Lady thanks service members on Christmas calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden celebrated a quiet Christmas with his family at the White House and spoke to military members stationed around the world.

“They are away from their families to protect us,” Biden said in a tweet. “And they have the thanks of a grateful, indebted president.”

The White House said Biden and the First Lady, Jill, had called members of the Army stationed in Panama City, Panama; the Navy aboard USS The Sullivans in the Arabian Sea; the Marine Corps at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego; the Air Force in Okinawa, Japan; the space forces in Europe; and the Coast Guard aboard the cutter Bertholf in Alameda, California.

This is Biden’s second Christmas as president. On Saturday, Biden and his family attended a Christmas Eve service at the White House, continuing their holiday tradition of an Italian dinner.

The President and First Lady also continued another tradition with their second holiday visit to Children’s National Hospital on Friday. According to the White House, Biden became the first incumbent president to join his wife as they visited hospitalized children and their families before Christmas last year.

Surrounded by Christmas trees and festive decorations, the First Lady read “The Snowy Day” with the help of the President, who held up the book.

Encouraging national unity in a recorded address last week, Biden called out the nation’s political divisions and said he hopes “this holiday season will release the poison that has infected our politics and turned us against one another.”

“So, this Christmas, let’s spread a little kindness,” he said. Biden, First Lady thanks service members on Christmas calls

Sarah Y. Kim

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