In annual address where U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wish Americans a Merry Christmas, Obama says the U.S. mission in Afghanistan will end ''in just a few days.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished Americans a Merry Christmas on Wednesday (December 24, 2014) in an annual address. "Today, our family will join millions across the country in celebrating the birth of Jesus - the birth not just of a baby in a manger, but of a message that has changed the world: to reach out to the sick; the hungry; the troubled; and above all else, to love one another as we would be loved ourselves," Obama said, with the first lady at his side. He went on to use the address to discuss U.S. foreign policy, and reassure Americans that soon, troops serving in Afghanistan will come home. "In just a few days, our combat mission in Afghanistan will be over. Our longest war will come to a responsible end. And that gives us an opportunity to step back and reflect upon all that these families have given us. We're able to gather with family and friends because our troops are willing to hug theirs goodbye and step forward to serve. After a long day, we can come home because they're willing to leave their families and deploy. We can celebrate the holidays because they're willing to miss their own," Obama said. "And so, as our troops continue to transition back home-back to our businesses, our schools, our congregations, and our communities-it's up to all of us to serve them as well as they have served us. You can visit JoiningForces.gov to find out how you can honor and support the troops, veterans, and military families in your communities. That's something we can do not only during the holiday season, but all year round," said First Lady Michelle Obama.