Former President Barack Obama surprised patients and staff at the Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. on Wednesday. Obama, wearing a Santa hat, brought some Christmas cheer to some children.
Obama was known for loving his interactions with kids while he was in office, and this week he brought jigsaw puzzles, toy car sets, remote-control cars, glittery nail polish and other gifts to the Washington, D.C., hospital, according to The Washington Post.
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
“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 the crowd of hospital staff standing around the nurses’ station. “What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit is supposed to be all about.”
He later tweeted out his gratitude to hospital staff, patients and visitors for humoring him as their “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
Last week, first lady Melania Trump visited the same hospital to read a Christmas book to children and promote her anti-bullying campaign.
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