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meet the new boss it's the same as the old boss ♪ ♪ [applause] [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please remain accuracies for the departure of the official party. ♪
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♪ [god bless america] >> happy thanksgiving day and thanks for joining us. next, president obama pardons to turkeys at the white house. then part of the national menorah lighting ceremony celebrating hanukkah which began last night. from novemberage 25, 1963 of the state funeral for president john f. kennedy. the c-spanternoon,
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series on first ladies continues with a look at the life of jacqueline kennedy. pardoned twoama national thanksgiving turkey's yesterday at the white house. there is a look. >> ah - good afternoon everybody and happy thanksgiving. ,he office of the presidency the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. this is not one of them. [laughter] the white house turkey pardon is a great tradition and i know malia loves it as does sasha. generally speaking, thanksgiving is a bad day to be a turkey. especially in a house with two dogs. i salute our two guests of honor, carmel and popcorn for their bravery. they came all the way from outside badger, minnesota to be with us.
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they, like my chief of staff, are vikings fans. i'm not sure they know that -- see? i'm not sure they know that my bears are heading to minnesota on sunday but in the spirit of thanksgiving, i will give them a break. we are also excited to have students from badger high school here. where are you guys? there they are right there. finally, let me say thank you to john berkel chairman of the national turkey federation. give him a big round of applause. [applause] turkeys on john's farm competed for the chance to make it to the white house and stay off the thanksgiving table. it was emma quite literally, " the hunger games." [laughter] after weeks of vocal practice and prepping for the cameras, the two tributes ,caramel and popcorn went head to head together for america's vote as
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top gobbler. the competition was stiff but we can officially declare that popcorn is the winner. go -- proving that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics. he is already busy raising money for his next campaign. [laughter] on a more serious note, later andy, michelle, malia, sasha will bring some less fortunate turkeys to a great organization that works to help our neighbors in dc who need it most. farmt to thank the turkey in warfield, pennsylvania for donating those birds for the fifth year in a row. this isa reminder that a season to not only be thankful for the incredible blessings we have but also to remember the neediest and generously serve those who are not as fortunate.
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this is quintessentially an american holiday. during this time, we give thanks , forr friends and family citizens to show compassion to those in need and for neighbors who helped strangers they never met. with the give thanks for the lessons of freedom and opportunity that previous generations worked so hard to secure and we give thanks to the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform who serve our nation around the world. for those of you who are watching, you keep us safe, you make us proud, and you remind us of our own obligations to build on the work of our predecessors and leave something better for our own kids. on behalf of the obama family, i want to wish every buddy a very happy thanksgiving. tomorrow, as we gather with friends and family, we will count yourselves lucky that there is more to be thankful for than we can ever say and more to be hopeful for the we can ever imagine. before these turkeys get away, with the power vested in me, i want to grant popcorn a full
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reprieve come on. [laughter] we wish you well. [applause] >> happy thanksgiving everybody. [applause] get out of the rain. [laughter] [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013]
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>> the turkeys named charon mal and popcorn will leave form and a soda and after the ceremony were taken george washington's mount vernon estate where they will be on display for visitors during christmas. the happening yesterday, traditional menorah lighting marking the spirit of the jewish holiday, hanukkah. here is a 15 minute portion. >> this year, we have a very interesting coincidence of dates. and hanukkah, two distinct holidays but in essence, they share a very important message. thanksgiving celebrates those who came early to settle this country and wanted to have the
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right to worship as they please. hanukkah celebrates the jewish celebration of that religious freedom and our reclaiming it. so, really, when we celebrate these two significant days, one on the american calendar, one on the jewish calendar worldwide, we need to remember that this message is universal. the message of thanksgiving is for all americans, the message of hanukkah is for all the world. there is no one who does not have a way to bring some light into the world. either into their immediate environment, into their family, into their community, to their nation, to their region, to the globe. we are now launching our celebration 35. because this is the 35th lighting of the national
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menorah. ago, on the other side of this white house behind me, in lafayette park, this menorah was lit for the first time. two years later, it was called the national menorah by president reagan. president carter attended the first lighting, and the name has stuck ever since. the one who founded that is my father who is here with us today. together with ambassador stuart eisenstadt who at that time was the white house advisor, they joined in the effort and had this menorah erected. in those days, it was a novel idea but do i need to tell you that almost anywhere you go in any major city, you will find a menorah just like this, maybe with a crowd almost like this, celebrating the miracle of hanukkah. i have also noticed that we have
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been joined by a member of the president's cabinet who will be speaking after rabbi shemtov senior and he is the united states trade representative, michael from and. would you appropriately greeted them? [applause] to share some hanukkah greetings with us, please give your attention to rabbi abraham shemtov. >> happy hanukkah to all who have braved to come here and participate and the many, many throughout the world who are listening in to this celebration. and americanmtov friends of lubavitch are doing a great job especially as we
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celebrate the holiday of hanukkah, there are two parts. one part that we are celebrating strengthavery and the who wereted by the few outnumbered many times and they stood up in what they believed in and they showed that the eternity of our people can never be interrupted. at the same time, there was america in the fact that in as much as they have defiled the sanctuary, those who have attempted to destroy it, they left everything behind and in order to rekindle the menorah, they wanted to have the shore oil that was not touched by them. they sought and they found one job, one jug of oil. it lasted for eight days, the
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time that is required to cleanse themselves and prepare themselves so they would develop new and pure oil. that the jugs should have lasted only one day or one night. it lasted for a full eight days to give them that opportunity. celebrated for over two millenniums. it is very desperately called upon us to pay the proper attention to the celebration. thepride that led victorious due to overcome the mighty and the many but then, also the fact that just as there was america will that they found couldn'tuntouched, why they have been provided with a jugs untouched?
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perhaps there was another important point, that while they went about going about doing what they were supposed to do, they were at the same time shown that the reason why they accomplished what they accomplished is not only because of what they do but the fact that they contain a strength in it that supersedes all the difficulties and limitations. the effect that one jug lasted -- the fact that one jug lasted for a day's showed that there is more than that which meets any i , any study of any kind and in the end, it is this that sustains -- has sustained us over the years, has stood up to and has enabled us to survive.
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what has happened in the past we celebrate. what we are supposed to take along with us is a message that has been introduced to the world at a difficult time by the spiritual giant of our generation, the lubavitch whohim schneerson instilled in this generation a believe in the eternity of our of numbers,dless regardless of the current state in which we find them. it is that inner strength that sustained us throughout the time desperately, now, was able to give us the confidence and the faith to stand up against old challenges of all kinds unprecedented. havehe strength that we
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will enable us to stand up to them. or are no numbers and no statistics and no studies that can appreciate the inner point what wegth and this is will take along with this celebration. this is what we will be sharing with the world around us as we have in the past decades and this will prepare the world to wee to the moment in which will marry the coming of the redeemer. [applause] >> thank you very much. as usual not only for the inspiration you bring to this event but for really inventing this event. do you know that the first public menorah lighting took place in philadelphia in front of and dependence hall?
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now there is a menorah like this standing in independence mall, near the liberty bell and this hasa rabbi's idea which been promulgated to all corners of the earth. i am to introduce a representative of the president. i have, by technology, a message from the president which he has asked me to read. then i will introduce our special guest speaker. michellement rates " and i send warm wishes to all those celebrating hanukkah. for the first time since the time fors and the last the next 700 years or so, hanukkah falls on thanksgiving. givekah.l it thanks we celebrate fortunate timing and give thanks for america was great and small. like the pilgrims, the maccabees made tremendous sacrifices so they could track as their
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religion in peace. in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, they reclaim their historic homeland. those are very important words. the true america love chanukah is what came after those victories almost 2200 years ago. the jewish temple was cleansed and consecrated and the oil that was sufficient for only one day lasted for eight. as the first hanukkah candle is lit, we are reminded that our task is not only to secure the blessing of freedom but to make the most of that blessing once it is secure. in that spirit, michelle and i look forward to joining members of the jewish community in america, the state of israel, and around the world as we work together to build a future that is bright and full of hope. ,rom my family to yours p barack obama" it is interesting we got this message just in time before we start the celebration of hanukkah and i wanted to the white house jewish liaison who i saw arrive.
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he has joined us to make sure that the message came here before jews around the world celebrate this special festival. speakerll ask our next to come to the stage. we are trying to condense the program because of the elements, as you can see. ambassador froman is the united states trade representative, assuring that the trade issues between the united states and their trading partners is secure and protects our interests. trade is a very important thing because it establishes communication between peoples in a way which is commercial at beneficial to both. in a sense, we can attach the menorah to this presence of the u.s. trade representative because when we look at the menorah, it is reminiscent of the menorah and the temple that had a middle flame and flames on either side pointing to it. the flame on either side
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represented the branches of evil who might be different but their flames pointed or the middle and the middle flame pointed upward. that was the connection between heaven and earth are it it teaches us that if we really want to survive as a nation, as a world, we have two point two a higher purpose sometimes, not only in the direction we wish to. when we talk about trade, we are bringing out the best into entities and to countries countries in an exchange of ideas or goods, whatever it is, it's always better when people trade than when they don't. it is always wonderful when the people who trade protect each other's interests. without further ado, i would like to call upon ambassador michael froman, a member of the president's cabinet who will represent the cabinet -- the president, the vice president and the first lady and the administration tonight. >> thank you very much. it's a great pleasure and honor to be here tonight for the
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lighting of the national menorah. i want to thank all the participants in the celebration tonight and particularly the men and women of the u.s. air force bands and thank them for their service. [applause] at hanukkah, we remember the story of a small and brave band of maccabees rising up to liberate their people, to rebuild their temple, to light the eternal flame. the story of hanukkah is a timeless one. it's a story of right over might, of people fighting for freedom, of the struggle that continues today as people strive to celebrate their faith. it's a story of miracles, the america love the oil that lasted eight days and the merkel's that we experience everyday, the miracle of a baby's smile, of a child's discovery, the marital of falling in love, of doing everything in your power for your family, of devoting
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yourself to the service of your community, your country. jews all over the world will light candles to celebrate the first night of hanukkah, the festival of lights. but here in the united states, this is a special year. for the first time in more than 100 years, the first day of hanukkah falls on thanksgiving. that gives us even more reasons to count our blessings, to remember the contributions of those who came before us and to make new memories this holiday season. on behalf of the president, the first lady, the vice president, dr. biden, and all who serve in this administration, best which is to you and your family for a happy hanukkah and a happy thanksgiving and a healthy and happy holiday season. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> the 1960s were different. [laughter] there were a lot of things
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happening involving race, the break down in structure in society. i was suddenly out of seminary and in new england. and there were no rules. things were falling apart. without structure, it is very difficult to navigate. i was extremely fortunate to be at holy cross. i was extremely fortunate to still have had a residual them -- a residual them of the way i was raised and the structure the nuns had given me, the structure that seminary had given me. i was also extremely fortunate because i had already been in predominantly white schools. i was the only black in my high school in savanna. the transition to a school with difficultlacks in a set of circumstances, academically and otherwise, i had sort of a jumpstart. i was ahead of the game so i had something.
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it allowed me to continue to do well even though it was very difficult. >> later today on c-span, hear from two supreme court justices, clarence thomas at 9 p.m., followed by elena kagan at 945 eastern. four days of book tv. including deborah solomon. tonight at 9:30. on c-span three, it is american history tv. a 150th anniversary of the gettysburg address. we will commemorate resident lincoln speaking at gettysburg. at 4:00 and 10:00. november 25 marks the 50th anniversary of president kennedy's state funeral. we will now bring you nbc's coverage, including the procession from the u.s. capitol to the white house. the mass at sa


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