Pres. Obama and first family attend lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington

Pres. Obama and first family attend lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington

US President Barack Obama (R) joins Santa in a song along with first lady Michelle Obama (2nd,L, background, with cartoon character Kermit the Frog), daughters Malia (L), Sasha (2nd,L) and MC Carson Daly (C) at the annual lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse, near the White House, December 1, 2011, Washington, DC. The lighting, now in its 89th year, was begun by President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, and has become a national tradition to kickoff the holiday season. UPI/Mike Theiler