Former President Barack Obama donned a Santa hat and spread some holiday cheer to young patients and staff at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Obama came bearing gifts, too, handing out jigsaw puzzles, remote control cars, and even nail polish to children who were delighted to meet him.
“As a dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation ― to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them and looking after them and listening to them and just there for them and holding their hand ― that’s the most important thing there is,” Obama told hospital staff. “What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit is supposed to be all about.”
Children’s National thanked the former president “for making our patients’ day so much brighter.”
Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your company…and your gifts! https://t.co/bswxSrA4sQ ❤️ #HolidaysAtChildrens #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/qii53UbSRS
— Children's National 🏥 (@childrenshealth) December 19, 2018
“It was truly a wonderful surprise!” Amy Goodwin, the head of public relations for Children’s National, told People. “One of the kids started crying, and another child, who had been too weak to stand for the last few weeks, insisted on getting up to stand for a photo with Obama.”
Obama later expressed his gratitude for “the extraordinary kids, families, and staff at Children’s National.”
He added: “And thanks for humoring me as your stand-in Santa.”
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the extraordinary kids, families, and staff at Children’s National. And thanks for humoring me as your stand-in Santa. https://t.co/mFmYCVk7cr
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) December 19, 2018
It looks like the video of the former president speaking to hospital staff and greeting children was just what many of us needed this holiday season.
You are a reminder of true LOVE. God bless you and happy holidays to you and your family too. Mr Barack Obama🎄🎄❤
— Shelly persaud (@shelly_persaud) December 20, 2018
Mr. President, I can’t imagine a person with more kindness and compassion than you, with those being the top[ two requirements for the position of Santa.
— Kevin Ryan Duncil (@ryan_duncil) December 20, 2018
Still making a difference! I love you man! A servant of the people with a huge heart!!! If only other leaders were the same we might actually be able to heal this world with LOVE… Happy Holidays Sir! You will always be my Commander-In-Chief!
— Billdog (@Seaspoodle) December 20, 2018
An amazing President and an absolutely amazing facility where love is always on display! Merry Christmas to all!
— Travis “Individual 1701” Johnson (@travisjohnson) December 20, 2018
I’m in tears, I miss his civility and caring for others. God bless the staff for all they do and praying for the healing of the children.
— MomaT (@RAPsgirl) December 20, 2018
What a wonderful man, and only he could suit a Santa hat.
— claire savage #FBPE🇪🇺#PeoplesVote#FAB (@csav55) December 20, 2018
Bravo, Mr. President! We know this news has made our hearts grow several sizes this holiday season.