Michelle Obama Welcomes Marine Corps Families

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Marine Corps families to the White House for an event that highlighted the Marine Corps Reserve charity Toys for Tots and allowed military children to makes holiday crafts with the first lady, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama introduces retired Marine Corps Gen. H.P. “Pete” Osman, president and CEO of the Toys for Tots Foundation, before an audience of Marine Corps families invited to the White House, Dec. 1, 2010. The first lady later designed holiday cookies and crafts with Marine Corps children in the State Dining Room. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • Retired Marine Corps Gen. H.P. “Pete” Osman, president and CEO of the Toys for Tots Foundation, speaks to Marine Corps families invited to the White House for a holiday event with First Lady Michelle Obama, Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • A “Military Appreciation Tree” stands decorated in the East Wing of the White House, Dec. 1, 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama directed that the Christmas tree be decorated with patriotic ornaments in honor of U.S. servicemembers. Blank stationary and pens sit on a table next to the tree beside a mailbox to encourage visitors to write to deployed troops. White House officials said they expect some 100,000 notes to be mailed.  DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • A “Military Appreciation Tree” stands decorated in the East Wing of the White House, Dec. 1, 2010. First Lady Michelle Obama directed that the Christmas tree be decorated with patriotic ornaments in honor of U.S. servicemembers. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • The White House’s “Military Appreciation Tree” features glass ball ornaments depicting each service color and a hand-made dove tree topper symbolizing peace, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • An oversized statue of First Dog Bo -- made by 100 volunteers using 40,000 pipecleaners – stands alongside “The Children’s Tree,” decorated with ornaments made by military children and with the help of Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • The White House “Children’s Tree” stands in the Booksellers room on the East Wing of the White House, Dec. 1, 2010. It was decorated by military children under the direction of Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Marine Corps families at the White House as part of a holiday event by the first lady to highlight the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots charity, Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • A 390-pound, white chocolate and gingerbread replica of the White House, with an oversized semblance of First Dog Bo adorns the East Room of the White House where First Lady Michelle Obama decorated Christmas cookies and crafts with military children, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama works with military children and White House decorators to create Christmas trees made of recycled paper, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010. DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama works with military children and White House decorators to create Christmas trees made of recycled paper, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010.  DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama decorates a Christmas cookie with military children and White House bakers, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010.  DOD photo by Lisa Daniel
  • First Lady Michelle Obama shows off a Christmas cookie she decorated with military children and White House bakers, Washington, D.C., Dec. 1, 2010.  DOD photo by Lisa Daniel