Obama Family Sends Final Christmas Card From the White House

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 12, 2016 Updated: December 12, 2016

President Barack Obama and the first family have sent their last Christmas card from the White House.

“As our family reflects on many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received,” the card reads. “We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.”

The photo was taken in March 2016 at a state dinner that honored Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It was mailed to their friends, supporters, and members of media outlets, reported the Huffington Post. The card was signed by the entire family—including their pets Bo and Sunny.

As E! Online reported, Malia Obama and Sasha Obama wore embroidered gowns from designer Naeem Khan, and First Lady Michelle Obama wore a custom floral gown by designer Jason Wu, Today reported. President Obama himself wore a tuxedo.

Some conservative websites criticized the first family for stating, “Happy Holidays,” instead of saying “Merry Christmas” and not mentioning the name of the holiday at all.

President-elect Donald Trump recently stated that Americans are “going to start saying Merry Christmas again—a rejection of perceived political correctness surrounding the holiday season. A number of retailers and big corporations have opted out of saying “Merry Christmas” and use “Happy Holidays” instead.