Obama Marks Final Thanksgiving in White House

'We are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 24, 2016 5:33 PM CST
Obama Marks Final Thanksgiving in White House
President Obama, left, with first lady Michelle Obama and some relatives serve Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.   (Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – President Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, turkey, and touchdowns, as he puts it, and reflecting "on what truly binds us as Americans." He says the country has just emerged from "a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season." But he says in his weekly radio address that the holiday "reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves," the AP reports. The White House says that on his final Thanksgiving as president, Obama made nine telephone calls to service members who are on deployment.

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"For me, this house has served as the backdrop to the tough decisions and trying times that often characterize the Presidency," Obama writes in a Thanksgiving message posted on Facebook. "But it's also been home—it's where Michelle and I have watched our daughters grow into the funny, smart, humble, and extraordinary young women they are today." He says we should "remind our children why we are so thankful for them" and that because of them, he feels certain that "America will always be shaped by those who strive to be kind, giving, and fearless about the future. I'm grateful for that." The Obamas' menu begins with a large list of hors d'oeuvres, shifts to a buffet of turkey, ham, prime rib, and chicken wings, and ends with a selection of six pies—if there's room left. Click for the full menu. (Read more Thanksgiving stories.)

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