Former President Barack Obama visited the Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. on Wednesday dressed in a Santa hat and carrying a bag full of gifts.
In a video posted by the hospital on Twitter, Obama led a chorus of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with hospital staff before thanking them for their work.
“We had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families at a time that is obviously tough to folks,” Obama said. “As a dad of two girls, I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses and staff and doctors and people who are caring for them and looking after them and listening to them and just there for them and holding their hand, that is the most important thing there is.
“What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit is supposed to be all about.”
During his visit to the hospital, Obama dropped off gifts for some of the children staying at the hospital.
Thank you @BarackObama for making our patients’ day so much brighter. Your surprise warmed our hallways and put smiles on everyone’s faces! Our patients loved your company…and your gifts! https://t.co/bswxSrA4sQ ❤️ #HolidaysAtChildrens #ObamaAndKids pic.twitter.com/qii53UbSRS
— Children's National 🏥 (@childrenshealth) December 19, 2018