The Obamas Light the National Christmas Tree

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The Obamas prepare to push the button to light the tree.

"Our tree has been having a hard time recently — this is our third one in as many years," the president joked. "Our longstanding tree was lost in a storm, and then its replacement didn’t take hold. It just goes to show, nobody’s job is safe here in Washington. But I feel good about this one."

(Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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