Did Obama Say Merry Christmas?

Updated on December 27, 2017
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Former President Barack Obama dances with Santa Claus on December 4, 2014.
Former President Barack Obama dances with Santa Claus on December 4, 2014. | Source

Cenk Uygur says that President Donald Trump is a 'megalomaniac'

In a series of recent tweets, U.S. President Donald Trump has outlined his views on what he sees as a current "assault" on the phrase "merry Christmas."

"People are proud to be saying Merry Christmas again," the president's Twitter feed trumpeted. "I am proud to have led the charge against the assault of our cherished and beautiful phrase. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!"

Cenk Uygur, with The Young Turks, held up Trump's tweets as evidence that he is a "megalomaniac." The host, and one-time Republican, said "God bless" with regard to some of President Trump's tweets, which merely wished the world a "MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!"

"I just wanted to wish everybody a very, very merry Christmas," President Trump addressed a group in a video. "We say Christmas again, very proudly. [A] very, very merry Christmas."

Mr. Uygur questioned whether Americans were "hanging our heads in shame" as they wished each other Christmastime season's greetings in years past.

Did Barack Obama say merry Christmas?

Video shows former president wishing world "merry Christmas" 16 times

"I think he makes a good point here," the TYT host continued, with seriousness in his voice. "I'm calling for the release of all the POWs from the war on Christmas. All the people who not only were imprisoned by Obama for saying merry Christmas, but also, those missing in action."

Cenk Uygur expressed his view that a person who believes that an organized war against Christmas really exists verges on being a "lunatic." He pointed out that, throughout the Obama administration, people wished each other merry Christmas, that it was never a crime to say merry Christmas, and that "no one even thought that it was a bad thing to say merry Christmas."

He continued that a stance of forcing others of different religions to use the phrase doesn't seem "very merry," and stated that it is "problematic." Perhaps ironically, Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka is Jewish and wished her Twitter followers a "happy holidays," on December 11. Underlining the pointlessness of the entire debate might be the fact that Trump himself tweeted the world a "happy holidays," in 2010.

Uygur called the debate "bizarre." He then shared a tweet by former President Obama wishing the world a "Merry Christmas!" and a compilation video by Daniel P. Redman showing Obama saying "merry Christmas" 16 times.

The Obamas at the National Building Museum in Washington on December 15, 2013.
The Obamas at the National Building Museum in Washington on December 15, 2013. | Source

Obama 'serenaded' by carolers in Hawaii

2017 is the first Christmas for former President Obama since he left office in January. He spent the holiday in Hawaii at the Paul Mitchell estate, where People video footage shows him wishing women from a women’s resistance group, Windward ReSisters, gathered to welcome Obama, a "merry Christmas."

Some of the women professed their love for the former president before they broke into song: We Wish You A Merry Christmas wafted through the Hawaiian night as Barack Obama slowly strode away, turning to wave at the group, before disappearing into the darkness.

"We got our group together on Saturday and went with our pussy hats and Santa hats and proceeded to Christmas carol in front of the estate," Darlene Mandel, with the women's group, was quoted. "We sounded terrible." She noted that the former president was accompanied by three Secret Service agents and that when one of the women accidentally spilled champagne on him, he was friendly and joked with them.

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