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The First Lady and Santa Visit Children’s Hospital

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- Michelle Obama, with Santa and the family dog Bo as an entourage, visited the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Monday to read the Christmas classic Twas the Night Before Christmas to a crowd of children and their families, continuing a tradition that dates back more than 60 years.

“Christmas is coming,” Obama said as she took her seat. “Is everyone excited?”

Throughout the poem, the first lady interjected her own commentary. As she read aloud, “He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot/ And his clothes were all tarnished/ with ashes and soot,” she looked over at Santa and told the kids, “He cleaned up for you guys.”

After story time, the children asked the first lady about Obama family traditions. She used the opportunity to remind the kids that vegetables can be a healthy holiday tradition.

“We have steak,” she told the kids. “We have lots of vegetables. String beans, carrots, broccoli -- that’s our favorite. We have lots of vegetables that go with our food. With your dinner -- having a little meat and vegetables can be a good thing.”

One child exclaimed “Ewww” when Obama said the family has steak on Christmas. “Ewwwww?” she quickly replied.

The president loves pie, she added.

She told the children that her favorite Christmas movie is the Jimmy Stewart classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.

“It’s an old black-and-white movie, I know,” she said. “It’s about a man who thinks he’s not useful in the world … He wishes he weren’t there and a little angel comes down and grants his wish. And he sees what would happen in the world if he wasn’t there. Even though he thinks his life isn’t significant, he sees that the whole town falls apart. And then he wakes up and realizes that he’s got a wonderful life. My favorite story.”

The first lady said she has not had a moment to tell Santa what she wants for Christmas, so she told him as he sat next to her.

“I really want all kids to grow up with the chance for a good life and to be healthy,” she said.

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First Lady Obama Takes Gift Suggestions for POTUS from Kids

File Photo Courtesy - The White House | Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama on Monday wouldn’t divulge any secrets as to what she is getting her husband for Christmas, but took a few suggestions from kids during her annual visit to the Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C.

“I’m not going to tell you because it’s going to be in the paper tomorrow, and then he’s going to read it, and then it won’t be a surprise.  But first I have to see whether he’s been naughty or nice.  I’ve been trying to figure that out,” Mrs. Obama joked.

The children suggested everything from a watch to a suit to a bell to an ornament to candy to a “new” hot tub as options for gifts to give the commander-in-chief.

“You think he’s got an old hot tub?” she laughed back.

There were also suggestions for what to get Bo, the Obama’s family dog. The first lady said that her daughters Malia and Sasha are the ones responsible for shopping for Bo.

The first lady was asked what was on her wish list to Santa this year.

“I didn’t ask for anything in particular.  One of the biggest gifts I got this year was -- we got it this morning.  We signed an important law that helps make the school lunches more healthy.  And that was my big Christmas wish."

The visit to the Children's Hospital in Northwest D.C. is a tradition that the White House says dates back to first lady Bess Truman.  Mrs. Obama toured the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she met with patients, families, doctors, nurses and support staff before meeting with children.

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