President BidenJoe Biden Harris exams unfavorable for COVID-19 after shut contact with aide Standing with Joe Manchin Holiday caller to Biden: ‘Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon’ MORE and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenHoliday caller to Biden: ‘Merry Christmas and let’s go Brandon’ Biden, first lady make Christmas Eve go to to Children’s National Hospital Bidens welcome new pet, first feline coming in January MORE thanked U.S. service members overseas throughout a call on Saturday whereas additionally expressing unhappiness that the troops couldn’t have a good time Christmas at house with their households.
President Biden, alongside the first lady and their new canine, Commander, named the nations service members had been calling in from — Bahrain, Qatar, Romania — earlier than including, “Everywhere but home. Sorry.”
“We are sorry. You know, one of the things we know because we are a military family, we know what it’s like to have you, you know, our loved ones serving and being away during the holidays, and so I’m sorry you have to be away. We know what it’s like for your families to have that empty seat at the table like we had,” the first lady added.
President Biden’s son Beau Biden served in Iraq for a 12 months, and the first lady’s father served as a signalman in the South Pacific throughout World War II.
The first couple’s call with service members was their first and sure solely public look on Christmas Day. They took questions from troops off digital camera after delivering temporary opening remarks.
The Bidens are having a quiet Christmas on the White House with their household after visiting Children’s National Hospital on Christmas Eve. They did, nevertheless, launch a Christmas message to the nation, pointing to the “courage, character, resilience, and resolve” of Americans in a 12 months that was marked by the pandemic.
The first lady, throughout remarks to the overseas service members, stated she and the president “certainly know as a family what your families are feeling today, and that’s why we will continue, Joe and I will continue, forever and ever to support you in any way we can but most of all serve your families.”
The president emphasised the hardship felt by households of service members on the vacation.
“I do know, as Jill stated, you’d fairly be house at this time, and I don’t blame you. Jill and I understand how arduous it’s for you, however, quite frankly, it is tougher on your husbands, wives, mothers, dads, youngsters [to] be aside or on on responsibility throughout a season of togetherness, and we Bidens perceive that,” he stated.
“We nonetheless each as soon as in some time take a look at that vacant chair,” he added, seemingly referring to Beau Biden’s dying in 2015 following a battle with mind most cancers.
President Biden thanked the service members for his or her service however referred to as the expression of gratitude “a poor substitute for what you’re missing.”
“I perceive. I simply need you to know the way a lot we care. We’re grateful on your braveness, your sacrifice, not solely your sacrifice however your loved ones’s sacrifice,” he stated.
“The holidays actually convey into sharp focus [that] being aside is, it is simply a part of the job, nevertheless it’s a tough a part of the job,” he added, earlier than calling the service members “the stable metal backbone of the nation.”
The president stated the one “truly sacred obligation” of the U.S. is to “properly prepare those and equip those who we send into harm’s way and to care for you and your families while you’re gone and when you return home.”
“Because all of you are out there doing what you’re doing, Americans all across the nation are able to spend the day with their loved ones enjoying the blessings of security of our American democracy, and we’re so, so grateful,” he added.