How fitting! Obama breaks with modern tradition for final White House Christmas card

Because it’s always all about him.

Intended to capture the bittersweet reality this is the last of their annual Christmas cards, President Barack Obama released this year’s effort that features a photo of the first family.

…a choice that breaks from a modern tradition of featuring images of the White House on the card.

A very gray Obama is seen in the image standing next to first lady Michelle Obama, with now grown up daughters Malia and Sasha on either side of them.

The photo was taken in March at a state dinner honoring Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — the first time Obama’s daughters attended a state dinner, People Magazine reported.

Malia and Sasha “dazzle” in elegant, embroidered gowns designed by Naeem Khan, that are worth nearly $20,000. Each.

There’s not much of a Christmas-y feel to the card, other than being framed by Christmas holly clipart.

Fittingly, Bill Clinton was the first modern president to use a family photo on a White House Christmas card in 1993. You have to go back to Franklin D. Roosevelt — another Democrat — to find another family portrait in use.

“As our family reflects on our many happy years spent in the White House, we are grateful for the friends we’ve made, the joy we’ve shared, and the gifts of kindness we’ve received,” the card reads.

“We wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday season and a wonderful new year.”

Obama Card

The card is signed by the president, the first lady, both daughters and includes cute little paw prints from the family pets, Bo and Sunny.

Obama Card


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