WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama on Friday issued a Hanukkah greeting to the Jewish people, who were celebrating the first day of the Jewish holiday.
"Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all who are celebrating Hanukkah around the world," the new Nobel Peace Prize laureate wrote. "The Hanukkah story of the Maccabees and the miracles they witnessed reminds us that faith and perseverance are powerful forces that can sustain us in difficult times and help us overcome even the greatest odds."
Obama noted that "Hanukkah is not only a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but for people of all faiths to celebrate the common aspirations we share."
He expressed his hope that the holiday and its lessons "inspire us all to give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, to find light in times of darkness, and to work together for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow."