WASHINGTON — Wednesday is the first day of Hanukkah and President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle host two Hanukkah receptions at the White House, part of an ongoing series of holiday parties taking place this month.
Obama’s 2014 Hanukkah message…..
Over the eight nights of Hanukkah, Jews across America, Israel, and the world will remember an ancient triumph of freedom over oppression, and renew their faith in the possibility of miracles large and small.
Even in the darkest, shortest days of winter, the Festival of Lights brims with possibility and hope. The courage of the Maccabees reminds us that we too can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The candles of the Menorah remind us that even the smallest light has the power to shine through the darkness. And the miracle at the heart of Hanukkah – the oil that lasted for eight nights instead of only one – reminds us that even when the future is uncertain, our best days are yet to come.
May this Hanukkah embolden us to do what is right, shine a light on the miracles we enjoy, and kindle in all of us the desire to share those miracles with others. From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2014
DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014
In the evening, the President will host two Hanukkah receptions in the Grand Foyer. The First Lady will also attend. There will be pooled press coverage of the President’s remarks.
In-Town Travel Pool
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9:00AM In-Town Pool Call Time
4:15PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; THE FIRST LADY attends
Pooled Press (Final Gather 3:45PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
8:00PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a Hanukkah Reception; THE FIRST LADY attends
Pooled Press (Final Gather 7:30PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)
1:30PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest