First Lady Michelle Obama, with patient Taylor Buckles on the left, reads 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to patients at Children's National Medical Center.
First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha, along with dog Bo, visited patients and staff at Children's National Medical Center on Tuesday, December 22.
Mrs. Obama toured the Heart and Kidney Unit, where she met patients and families, as well as doctors and nurses. Following the tour, Mrs. Obama toured more areas of the hospital and arrived in the main Atrium, where she was greeted by many patients, families and staff.
In the Atrium, Mrs. Obama read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Once she was finished, Malia and Sasha surprised the children with another book. They read Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. The CAFÉ (Cultural Academy for Excellence) steel drum band played festive music and provided entertainment for the children.
"It's been a longstanding tradition for First Ladies to visit the nation's children's hospital and we're pleased that Mrs. Obama has continued to bring joy to our patients and staff,” said Jacqueline D. Bowens, Executive Vice President and Chief Government and External Affairs Officer at Children's National.
Mrs. Obama's visit to Children's National is a tradition of First Ladies that dates back to Bess Truman. Children's National Medical Center is located less than 4 miles from the White House.