Thursday, December 22, 2016

What is the Traditional Message at Christmas from the President?

John F. Kennedy
"For nearly 2,000 years the message of Christmas, the message of peace and good will towards all men, has been the guiding star of our endeavors ... (Christmas) is the day when we remind ourselves that man can and must live in peace with his neighbors and that it is the peacemakers who are truly blessed." Dec 17, 1962

Jimmy Carter
"Christmas is a time to remind us that even when we do suffer and are disappointed in the United States and live even a dismal life, compared to our own immediate neighbors, compared to most of the rest of the world, we indeed have a joyous life and a wonderful life." Dec 15, 1977

George H.W. Bush
"Christ's brief time on Earth was devoted to tending the physical and spiritual needs of His flock: healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and illuminating the path to eternal salvation... Today, Christ's message of hope and redemption -- first delivered on that holy night in the City of David -- continues to bring peace and joy to millions of people around the world."  Dec 18, 1990

Bill Clinton
"The Christmas story is dear and familiar to us all—shepherds and angels, Wise Men and King Herod, Mary and Joseph, and, at the heart of it all, a Child. This Child was born into poverty in a city too crowded to offer Him shelter. He was sent to a region whose people had endured suffering, tyranny, and exile." Dec 20, 1995

George W Bush
"Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a duty to love our neighbor just as we would like to be loved ourselves."  Dec 23, 2003

Barack Obama
 "Christ... ministered to the poor. He embraced the outcast. He healed the sick. And in Him we see a living example of scripture that we ought to love others not only through our words, but also through our deeds."  Dec 13, 2013

Donald Trump at 8:50 a.m. this morning
" Defence stocks were little changed after Mr Trump's tweet, but shares of small uranium miners including Uranium Resources Inc and Uranium Energy Corp rose sharply." ABC News Online today

[Former presidents' quotes are excerpts from Deseret News Opinion Dec 13, 2014, online. President-elect Trump quoted from Twitter today]

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