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Obama Lights The National Christmas Tree

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Thousands gathered near the White House to watch the 88th National Christmas Tree Lighting.
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Thousands gathered near the White House to watch the 88th National Christmas Tree Lighting.

President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree just after 5 p.m. Thursday night. Later in the program, Michelle Obama read a children's holiday story to the crowd.

The event marks the 88th tree-lighting ceremony. The last 23 have been on the Ellipse, just south of the White House.

Thousands of people attended the ceremony, and there are street closures and parking restrictions.

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