Former US President Barack Obama suited up in Santa Claus attire and merrily sang Christmas carols with hundreds of doctors, nurses, at Children’s National hospital in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and handed out gifts to kids.
Obama was greeted by happy hospital staff and others as he arrived in a red hat and belted out lyrics to We Wish You A Merry Christmas ,hospital workers, parents and children during the much-anticipated visit.
The hospital posted a video of his visit to Twitter. At one point, children and staffers greeted the former president with shrieks and a rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Obama shared a humbling message to the crowd:
‘I just want to say thank you to all of you guys, we had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families.
‘At a time that obviously is tough for folks, as a dad of two girls, you know, I can only imagine.
‘In that situation, to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them, and looking after them, and listening to them and just there for them, and holding their hand… that’s the most important thing there is.’
urt Newman, chief executive and president of Children’s National Health System, told the Washington Post the kids ‘will be talking about the visit for years to come.’
‘At such a busy time of year, when no one wants to be in the hospital, his natural warmth lifted the spirits of those kids, their parents and of each staff member he met along the way.’
Obama thanked hospital employees for the work they do for kids.