[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1997, Book II)] [December 4, 1997] [Page 1718] [From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]
Remarks on Lighting the National Christmas Tree December 4, 1997 Thank you very much. I think, in the spirit of Christmas, the best gift I could give is a very brief Christmas message. [Laughter] Let me say to all of you, we've been doing this now for 85 years; for Hillary and me, Christmas begins with this wonderful ceremony. I want to thank all those responsible, and a special word of thanks to those who made it possible for the last 3 years for this beautiful Colorado spruce to be lit by solar energy. Now I want to call up Whitney and Joseph, and ask them to stand with me, and put their hands on the switch. And I'm going to count down three, two, one, and they'll flip the switch, and the Christmas tree will come on. Merry Christmas to all of you. Three, two, one, light the tree. Note: The President spoke at 5:50 p.m. on the Ellipse during the annual Christmas Pageant of Peace. In his remarks, he referred to Campfire Girl Whitney Symone Powell and Campfire Boy Joseph Sherren, who helped the President light the National Christmas Tree.