President and Michelle Obama were sorting toys into ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ bins for the Marine’s Toys for Tots program earlier this month when the President tackled toy-gender stereotypes in true Obama fashion.
First Lady Michelle Obama brought along a special helper to Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C. this year.
“I’m the big elf,” the President declared. “I’m like Will Ferrell.”
Between them, the pair delivered about 1,000 toys from the President’s staff to the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, an annual holiday toy drive.
But then things got even more adorable. The President started putting the sports and the science toys into the ‘girls’ bin. Placing a basketball into the bin, Obama says:
“I just wanna make sure some girls play some ball.”
A person from the crowd queries his decision to put legos in the girls, rather than the boys collection – because they might not like them. The President responds:
“Girls don’t like toys?”
As he continues to sort, he comes across a T-Ball set.
“T-Ball? Girls like T-Ball” and nodding, puts the set in the girls’ bin. The crowd is snapping photos, with some looking a little confused and he adds. “I’m just trying to break down these gender stereotypes.”
While this is the first time the President is participating, the First Lady is a veteran.
“This is the sixth year I’ve been involved with Toys for Tots,” the First Lady said, as she addressed the assembled program team. “And every year it’s just a tremendous privilege to be able to be a part of making Christmas just a little brighter for a few kids across the country.”
We still have a lot of time. And one of the things that I just want to remind the public is that there’s still time to donate. And we really want to urge folks out there do everything in their power to donate to Toys for Tots.
And if you need to find out where to go, all you have to go — do is go to the Toys for Tots website. People can donate online. They can go by one of the drop-off centers.
The President, serving as Sorter-in-Chief for the day, thanked the Marine Corps for their “extraordinary work” in delivering decades of joy to children across the country.
“Since it started in the 1940s, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 469 million toys to more than 216 million children,” he noted. “That’s a lot dollhouses, that’s a lot of Ninja Turtles.”
Our men and women in uniform and our military families don’t just work to keep us safe; they’re also strengthening our country here at home. They’re volunteering at schools, congregations, our communities. With our combat mission coming to a close in Afghanistan, it means more of our extraordinary military members are going to be home for the holidays, back where they belong. And that is the most important blessing of all.
Conservatives may argue this administration has launched a war on Christmas. But with such programs, progressive attitudes and just plain human warmth on display, it seems to this writer that the Obamas have Christmas spirit in abundance.
Photo credits: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza