Yesterday the president of the United States attended the traditional ceremony of lighting the Christmas tree of the White House. During the ceremony, Trump delivered an excellent Christmas speech.
This speech has been very different from the speech that Obama made a year ago in this ceremony. Then the president did mention and congratulate Christmas, but Obama did not mention the name of Jesus, whose birth is precisely what is celebrated with this holiday.
On the contrary, yesterday Trump made an impressive discourse clearly Christian, in which he affirmed: "Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There's hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person, everywhere in the world."
You can listen to his speech in this video, starting at 4:27 minutes:
For its interest I have decided to transcribe the full speech (the bold ones are mine):
Thank you very much everybody, this is a great honor and it's something very very special. I also want to thank for doing a fantastic job right from day one secretary Zinke, thank you very much secretary. Today is a day that I've been looking very much forward to all year long, it's one that we have heard and we speak about and we dream about, and now as the president of the United States it's my tremendous honor to finally wish America and the world a very Merry Christmas.
I want to thank everyone who has come together here, right in front of the White House, that beautiful beautiful White House, and everyone watching from home to see the lighting of this incredible national Christmas tree. For nearly a century through good times indeed, every president has taken part in this wonderful tradition, first started by President Coolidge, but I was informed tonight that the weather we have is the best it's been in 25 years. In fact I said is it always like this, the secretary said hasn't been like this for a long time, so we're very lucky. Finally in 1870, president Ulises S. Grant signed legislation making Christmas a federal holiday, and I sort of feel we're doing that again, that's what's happening.
From the earliest days of our nation, Americans have known christmas is a time for prayer and worship, for gratitude and goodwill, for peace and renewal. Melania and I are full of joy at the start of this very blessed season, we're thrilled to think of the people across the nation, and all across the continents, whose spirits are lifted by the miracle of Christmas.
For Christians this is a holy season: the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Christmas story begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son and the most extraordinary gift of all: the gift of God's love for all of humanity. Whatever our beliefs, we know that the birth of Jesus Christ and the story of this incredible life forever changed the course of human history. There's hardly an aspect of our lives today that his life has not touched: art, music, culture, law and our respect for the sacred dignity of every person, everywhere in the world.
Each and every year, at Christmastime we recognize that the real spirit of Christmas is not what we have, it's about who we are: each one of us is a child of God. That is the true source of joy this time of the year. That is what makes every Christmas Merry, and that is what we remember today's beautiful ceremony: that we are called to serve one another, to love one another and to pursue peace in our hearts and all throughout the world.
And so tonight I thank the millions of Americans who light our lives and brighten our wonderful communities. I thank those who are serving the needy during the season and throughout the year. I thank our military men and women who are stationed around the world keeping us safe. I thank our law enforcement officers who protect our streets and secure our homeland. I thank America's teachers, pastors and all those religious and those people that hace taught us so much for their leadership in our communities and our society.
And especially tonight I thank America's families. At Christmas we are reminded more than ever that the family is the bedrock of American life.
And so this Christmas we ask for God's blessings for our family, for our nation. And we pray that our country will be a place where every child knows a home filled with love, a community rich with hope, and a nation blessed with faith.
On behalf of Melania, myself, Barron, all of my children, all of my grandchildren, they're here with us tonight. I want yo thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much, merry Christmas everybody. Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Thank you!
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