WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that the message of Christmas was one of “love and redemption to every human being” as he and his family lit the national Christmas tree outside the White House.
That message was not just for Christians like himself and his wife but universal, he said, wearing a long overcoat and scarf in the cold early evening.
“It’s a message that says no matter who we are or where we are from, no matter the pain we endure or the wrongs we face, we are called to love one another as brothers and as sisters,” he said as he stood in front of the 42-foot-plus living Colorado spruce on the Ellipse just south of the White House.
The White House national Christmas tree tradition began in 1923.
Reporting by Jeff Mason and Jerry Norton; Editing by Greg McCune