President Barack Obama spoke about the nativity story in a public address during the ceremonial lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.
The speech that referenced his Christian faith came just one week after many in the Christian community were disappointed that the president declined to mention God or religion in his Thanksgiving speech.
â€śMerry Christmas! Merry Christmas!â€ť Obama said as he began his address at the ceremony, an 89-year-old American tradition. â€śTonight, once again, we gather here not simply to light some decorations, but to honor a story that lights the world.
â€śMore than 2,000 years ago, a child was born to two faithful travelers who could find rest only in a stable, among the cattle and the sheep,â€ť he said. â€śChristâ€™s birth made the angels rejoice and attracted shepherds and kings from afar. He was a manifestation of Godâ€™s love for us.â€ť ...