President Obama Calls for Unity in Weekly Address, Reaches Out to Troops

President Barack Obama and his nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson react to an unexpected commotion by Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, during the pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, Nov. 23, 2016. National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks watches at left

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Washington, DC – The US President Barack Obama continued his last Thanksgiving participation, making 9 phone calls to deployed service members on Thursday morning (November 24): two from the Army, one from the Marine Corps, two from the Navy, two from the Air Force and two from the Coast Guard. He thanked them for their service, and he wished them and their families a Happy Thanksgiving, according to the White House.

Earlier in his weekly address and his final Thanksgiving address Obama said, “As a country, we’ve just emerged from a noisy, passionate, and sometimes divisive campaign season,” adding, “After all, elections are often where we emphasize what sets us apart. We face off in a contest of ‘us’ versus ‘them.’ We focus on the candidate we support instead of some of the ideals we share … But a few short weeks later, Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves.”

“Never doubt, that is what makes us American – not where we come from, what we look like, or what faith we practice, but the ideals to which we pledge our allegiance,” added Obama.

Echoing President Obama’s words, President-elect Donald Trump, in a message released through a video, called for national unity as well and he vowed to bring the country together in common purpose.

First Family Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

IAT shares with you the First Family’s Thanksgiving Dinner Menu for tonight (Thursday, November 24, 2016) here:

Hors d’oeuvres:
Mini BLT’s
Chicken Satay with Peanut Chili Dip
Mini Crab Cakes
Pizza Bites
Fresh Veggies and Hummus
Pigs in the Blanket

Dinner Buffet:
Thyme Roasted Turkey (Carving Station)
Garlic Jus and Cranberry-Orange Relish

Honey-Baked Ham
Apricot-Mustard Glaze

Prime Rib and Creamed Horseradish
Shallot Marmalade

Fried Chicken Wings

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo and Roasted Peppers
Oyster Stuffing
Braised Winter Greens (Collards, Kale, and Turnip Greens)
Macaroni and Cheese
Sweet Potato Gratin
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Fresh Greens and Kale Caesar Salad
Dinner Rolls

Banana Cream Pie, Coconut Cream Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie, Cherry Pie

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