President, first lady make Christmas Eve visit to children’s hospital


WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden paid a surprise Christmas Eve visit on Friday to a children’s hospital in Washington, where he offered holiday greetings to patients and their families and showed off a photo of the new first puppy, Commander.

Biden accompanied first lady Jill Biden to Children’s National Hospital in Washington. The hospital visit is an annual holiday tradition for first ladies, but Biden’s visit marked the first by a sitting president.

A dozen children seated at tables were making luminary lanterns when the Bidens were escorted into the room. A boy named Beau held up his lantern for the president. Biden remarked that he had a son named Beau and now has a grandson by the same name.

First lady Jill Biden and President Joe Biden greet patients at Children's National Hospital in Washington on Dec. 24, 2021.

“You’re bringing us some joy,” Biden told the children.

“My grandson loves laser tag,” he said to one boy.

Biden showed another boy a cellphone photo of Commander, a…

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