La Oferta

June 27, 2022

Michelle Obama and nephews receive White House Christmas tree

Washington, Nov 25 (EFE).- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama received Friday, together with her nephews and the two family dogs, Bo and Sunny, the Christmas tree that will be displayed in the Blue Room of the White House this year.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama (R-2), and the 2016 winners of the National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest, Mary Vander Velden (L) Dave Vander Velden (L-2) and Michelle Obama's nephews Austin (L-3) and Aaron Robinson (R), emerge to welcome the arrival of the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 November 2016. This year's White House Christmas Tree is a 19 foot Balsam Fir donated by a tree farm in Wisconsin. It will be on display in the Blue Room at the White House. EPA/SHAWN THEW
First Lady Michelle Obama (R-2), and the 2016 winners of the National Christmas Tree Association national tree contest, Mary Vander Velden (L) Dave Vander Velden (L-2) and Michelle Obama’s nephews Austin (L-3) and Aaron Robinson (R), emerge to welcome the arrival of the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 November 2016. This year’s White House Christmas Tree is a 19 foot Balsam Fir donated by a tree farm in Wisconsin. It will be on display in the Blue Room at the White House. EPA/SHAWN THEW

As is customary, the fir tree was brought to the North Portico of the presidential residence on a horse-drawn carriage.
Dressed in a black overcoat and trousers, Michelle Obama went out to accept the tree together with two of her nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson, ages 6 and 4, respectively.

“These are our replacement kids,” the first lady joked about the absence of daughters Malia and Sasha, traditionally on hand for such events.

“This is what happens when you get teenagers, one’s asleep – these two are up,” Michelle Obama said.
Malia and Sasha were also absent on Wednesday from the last Turkey Pardon ceremony to be presided over by their father, President Barack Obama, at the White House.

Then too their place was taken by Austin and Aaron Robinson.

The tree that will adorn the Blue Room during the Obamas’ final Christmas in the White House is a 19-foot (5.8-meter) Douglas fir from a farm in Pennsylvania.

A group of volunteers will decorate the tree, to be unveiled to the public along with the rest of the White House Christmas decorations next Tuesday.