President Barack Obama joked on Monday that US troops are essentially “Santa in fatigues” because of their dedication to serving their country.
“We’re free and safe and secure over here because you’re willing to serve over there. … You never stop serving. You never stop giving,” Obama said before quipping, “You guys are like Santa in fatigues.”
Obama’s humour earned some polite chuckles from the audience at the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
His next joke, however, earned a much more enthusiastic response.
“Although I’ll bet one of those C-130’s is a little more efficient than Santa’s sleigh,” he added.
View video of Obama’s full speech, via ABC News.
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