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From: "Diaz, Kevin B" >
Date: December 14, 2016 at 4:27:36 PM GMT-5
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Subject: Print pool 2
A little after 4 pm POTUS, accompanied by FLOTUS, Rabbi Exler and members of the Wiesel family, spoke to a White House Hanukkah reception in the East Room, the first of two scheduled today.
Pool was ushered in through the main entrance hall, which was decked out for the holidays, with the Marine band playing.
Several hundred elegantly dressed guests were milling about, imbibing refreshments.
The party obviously spilled into the East Room.
POTUS wished everyone a Happy Hanukkah "10 days early" and spoke of the holiday's tradition of faith and perseverance, of "how a small group can make a difference."
He praised Israel and the Jewish people, who he said have "punched far above their weight" in the world and history.
"Everybody in America can understand the spirit of this tradition" he said.
In further remarks after the lighting of the Wiesel family Menorah, and song, POTUS concluded: "I look forward to working with you on the other side of January 20th"
Pls check against transcript to follow.
Background from the White House:
President Obama will deliver remarks to approximately 550 guests at the afternoon White House Hanukkah Reception. As in recent years, the food for this afternoon's event is under the strict rabbinical supervision of Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Lubavitch Center of Washington (Chabad), in cooperation with the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington.
The President will be joined by Rabbi Steven Exler, and Elijah and Shira Wiesel. Rabbi Exler will recite the traditional Hanukkah blessings. Elijah and Shira Wiesel will light the menorah candles.
Wiesel Family Menorah, owned by Shira Wiesel
Shira Wiesel, granddaughter of the late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, created this menorah in kindergarten. She glued painted bolts and colorful mosaic tiles to two rectangular slabs fused together. Among the antiques and treasured valuables that dot the Wiesel home, this menorah is lit by the family every Hanukkah. Elie Wiesel bore witness to one of the darkest chapters in history. He devoted his life to shedding light on the horrors of the Holocaust through acclaimed books like "Night." Elie was, in the words of President Obama, "one of the great moral voices of our time, and in many ways, the conscience of the world." Shira's menorah is more than the innocent creativity of a young school child; it is a testament to the resilience of a family and of a people.
Koleinu is a co-ed a cappella group from Princeton University. Since 1993, they have been performing a mix of traditional, liturgical, and pop music andmembers come from a wide variety of musical and religious backgrounds.
Items on Display from the Library of Congress
Items on display include a 1790 greeting and response letter between President George Washington and Moses Seixas, a warden from the first Jewish congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. Seixas penned a greeting to President Washington expressing his gratitude on behalf of the Jewish community and the President sent a letter in response and assured the community that "the Government of the United States gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance." The greeting and the letter have since become foundational documents for the expression of support for religious liberty in the United States.
U. S. Marine Chamber Orchestra
For more than two centuries, the United States Marine Band has been part of the events that have shaped the Nation.
Established by an Act of Congress in 1798, the Marine Band is America's oldest continuously active professional music organization. Its primary mission is unique-to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Whether in White House performances, public concerts or national tours, the music of the Marine Band is the music of America. In its third century, the Marine Band continues a tradition of excellence that earned it the title, "The President's Own."
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