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Obama Family to Attend Final Endeavour Space Shuttle Launch

The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will attend the launch of the space shuttle Endeavor in Florida next Friday, April 29, a White House official confirms. Mr. Obama will be joined by the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha for the space shuttle launch at Kennedy Space Center.

The first family will watch as Space Shuttle Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly launches his six-person crew, set for 3:47 p.m. ET. His wife, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from the Tucson shooting in January, is still awaiting clearance from her doctors to attend the launch.

In February, Kelly had decided that he would pilot the flight, even while his wife is recovering.

“I absolutely thought this was the right thing for me to do,” Kelly said when announcing his decision/ “ I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision that I made,"

The space shuttle launch will be the final flight for Endeavour.

Obama had already planned to be in Florida that day for a commencement address at Miami-Dade College.

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The 'Obama Crew' Lights the National Christmas Tree

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The National Christmas Tree was lit Thursday night for the 88th time by the 44th president and his family, “the Obama crew,” as President Obama lovingly referred to his family when they joined him on stage on the Ellipse. The Obamas -- first lady Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha and “Grandmother-in-Chief” Marian Robinson -- each put a finger on the button, and counting down from five, they pushed the large button to light the tree.

“It works,” Obama exclaimed as the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce was lit up, decked out in lights.

The president called this a “proud holiday tradition,” one that took place with presidents snow or shine, and even in period of hardships for the country.

“Often the ceremony itself has reflected the pain and sacrifice of the times. There were years during the second World War when no lights were hung in order to save electricity. In the days following Pearl Harbor Winston Churchill joined President Roosevelt to wish our nation a happy Christmas even in such perilous days.”

The president said that without fail each year the nation comes together to celebrate the story that he and Michelle hold dear as Christians, but is a message that is universal.

“It’s a message that says no matter who we are or where we are from, no matter the pain we endure or the wrongs we face, we are called to love one another as brother and as sisters.”

The president said that at a time when people try their hardest to live in the spirit of charity and goodwill, “we remember of brothers and sisters who have lost a job or who are struggling to make ends meet, we pray for the men and women in uniform serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and in faraway places who can’t be home this holiday season.”

Mrs. Obama read -- rather clumsily at first -- T'was the Night Before Christmas with children on stage. She skipped a few pages and then announced, “the first lady is taking off her gloves,” pulling her right glove off with her mouth in order to turn the pages easier.

The Obama family sat down in the front of the audience – a change of years past when the First Family has always been seated on stage -- listening to performers such as Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, BB King, Maroon Five and Jackie Evancho, made famous from America’s Got Talent.

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