Obama calls military troops, celebrates quiet Thanksgiving with family, friends at White House

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has been celebrating Thanksgiving quietly at the White House.

He phoned 10 members of the U.S. armed services in Afghanistan. The White House says Obama thanked them "for their service and sacrifice and wished them and their families a happy Thanksgiving."

The president, first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, will be joined for dinner by friends and White House staff members.

The Thanksgiving dinner menu includes ham, oyster stuffing and macaroni and cheese along with the traditional turkey, sweet potatoes and green bean casserole. For those with a sweet tooth, half a dozen kinds of pie, including huckleberry, have been prepared.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said Thanksgiving offers Americans a chance to put a "passionate, noisy" campaign season into perspective and come together as a nation.

In the Republican Party address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said the GOP is ready to work with Obama to avert impending tax increases, big spending cuts and other problems at year's end.

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144-w-30-(Shirley Smith, AP correspondent, with President Barack Obama and Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington State)--Both the president and the Republicans have turned their usual weekly addresses over to Thanksgiving today. AP correspondent Shirley Smith reports. (22 Nov 2012)

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146-a-09-(Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Thanksgiving address)-"our children's future"-In the weekly Republican address, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says her party wants to put partisan politics aside. (22 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *146 (11/22/12)>> 00:09 "our children's future"

145-a-05-(Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Thanksgiving address)-"peace and grace"-In the weekly Republican address, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers says Americans continue to celebrate Thanksgiving the way they always have. (22 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *145 (11/22/12)>> 00:05 "peace and grace"

147-a-13-(Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., in Thanksgiving address)-"a limitless future"-In the weekly Republican address, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges both sides to knuckle down and do what has to be done for the country. (22 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *147 (11/22/12)>> 00:13 "a limitless future"

137-a-13-(President Barack Obama, in Thanksgiving address)-"all in perspective"-In his Thanksgiving address President Barack Obama urges Americans to put any hard feelings over the election to rest. (22 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *137 (11/22/12)>> 00:13 "all in perspective"

138-a-21-(President Barack Obama, in Thanksgiving address)-"work for it"-In his Thanksgiving address President Barack Obama says Americans have many things to be thankful for. (22 Nov 2012)

<<CUT *138 (11/22/12)>> 00:21 "work for it"

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