The former president of the United States, Barack Obama, 57, donned a santa cap and with a bulging bag slung over his shoulder, he visited the young patients at Children’s National hospital in Northwest Washington to deliver gifts and goodwill, and in return, he get lots of hugs and many gasps!
In one sentence, the hospital management described Obama’s efforts as:
“Obama ‘warmed our hallways and put smiles’ on faces.”
Entering into the hospital, the dad-of-2 greeted the people with a “ho, ho, ho!” and told them his reindeer were “stuck in some snow”, but he wanted to make sure he visited.
First on Obama’s list was a group of patients from age 4 and up, who were making snowflakes in one of the hospital’s playrooms. After the excitement died down, the former president handed out jigsaw puzzles (which were his grandmother’s favorite, he told the crowd), Hot Wheels sets, remote-control cars, and glittery nail polish, among other goodies collected by Obama and his staffers.
‘Santa’ Obama also dropped by individual patient rooms for one-on-one visits with children and their parents. He gifted one 12-year-old patient who was nervous about heading to high school next year a piece of advice: “Even the cool kids don’t have it all figured out.”
Before leaving, Obama thanked the staff for working during the holidays and recorded a video message to be played on the hospital’s internal TV system for those he wasn’t able to visit during the trip.
Only a handful of the Children’s National staff knew that the president was coming to town, but word spread quickly during the 90-minute visit. By the time he was headed for the door, a crowd had gathered at a nearby nursing station. The group of doctors, residents and nurses cheered for Obama before busting into an impromptu rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
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Speaking about ‘Santa’ Obama’s visit, the chief executive and president of Children’s National Health System, Kurt Newman said:
“I know they will be talking about it for years to come. At such a busy time of year, when no one wants to be in the hospital, his natural warmth lifted the spirits of those kids, their parents and of each staff member he met along the way.”