President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden met virtually with members of the United States military who are serving around the world on Christmas Day.
While so many of us have spent the weekend enjoying the holidays with our loved ones, many members of the military are spending Christmas Day overseas. President Joe Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Commander, their 16-week-old German Shepherd, sat down for a virtual meeting with members of all six branches of the military — the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard — to thank them for their service. Many of them are stationed around the country and some of them are currently overseas.
“You’re the solid, steel spine of the nation. You really are. Always vigilant. Always ready when duty calls, 365 days of the year,” Biden admitted. “And during the holiday season, as we pray for peace and spread joy and glad tidings, we also look for the hope of possibility for a better year.”
President Biden even joked that they were going to send Commander overseas to greet the troops.
“We give thanks for everything we’ve got and to you for your service and your families,” he said. “As I said, you’re the best. Your families serve right alongside you through every one of your missions, your deployments, and your hardships. We owe you. And we owe your families.”
The official ABC News Twitter account tweeted a clip of Biden speaking to the troops. Check it out down below:
Biden Pledges to Care for Military Members and Their Families
President Joe Biden is certainly right about one thing — our United States military members are the solid steel spine of our nation. He believes that caring for them and their families is a “truly sacred obligation.”
“I’ve often said that as a nation we have many obligations, but we only have one truly sacred obligation — to properly prepare and equip those who we send into harm’s way,” he continued. “And to care for you and your families while you’re gone and when you return home.”
The President and his wife cited their experience as both coming from military families. Because of that upbringing, they are even more grateful for the troops’ service. The First Lady spoke about her father who served in the Navy during World War II. And they also talked about their late son, Beau Biden, who was deployed to Iraq for a year.
It’s because of the sacrifices that our brave military members make every day that allow all of us everyday Americans to enjoy the freedoms that we do. That includes being able to spend time with all of our families and friends during the holiday season.
“Americans all across America are able to spend today with their loved ones, enjoying the blessing of security of our American Democracy.”