Obamas Encourage Americans to Remember Troops During Holidays

Saturday, 25 Dec 2010 06:26 AM


President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle encouraged Americans to take time during the holidays to remember the service of Americans in the military.

U.S. troops are “the finest fighting force in the history of the world,” the president said in his weekly address on the radio and Internet.

“America’s brave servicemen and women represent a small fraction of our population,” he said. “But they and the families who await their safe return carry far more than their fair share of the burden.”

In the Republican address, U.S. Representative Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania also urged Americans to keep members of the armed forces in their thoughts and prayers.

“To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home,” he said.

The Obamas encouraged Americans to look for ways to help the families of troops stationed abroad.

“When our men and women in uniform answer the call to serve, their families serve, too,” Michelle Obama said. “Their sacrifice should also be our own. Even heroes can use a hand, especially during the holidays.”

The first family is vacationing during the holidays in Hawaii, where the president grew up. Last year on Christmas Day the president and the first lady met with troops at a nearby Marine Corps base.

--Editors: Steve Walsh, Dan Stets

To contact the reporter on this story: Nicholas Johnston in Kailua, Hawaii, at njohnston3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net

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