President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama look to the stage during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington. This year's gia

 

              President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama look to the stage during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington. This year
President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama look to the stage during the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Washington. This year's giant blue spruce is new, transplanted in October on the Ellipse, south of the White House. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)