Former president of US, Barack Obama dresses as Santa to give gifts to kids at the Children National Hospital in Washington DC on Wednesday.
During the visit, Obama was dressed in a Santa Claus attire while he sang Christmas carols with hundreds of doctors, nurses, hospital workers, parents and children.
He was greeted by the hospital staffs and other staffs as he arrived in a red hat. The crowd also cheered and shouted in excitement as they exchanged holiday greetings with him.
Obama shared a humbling message with the crowd:
‘I just want to say thank you to all of you guys, we had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families.
‘At a time that obviously is tough for folks, as a dad of two girls, you know, 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’s the most important thing there is.’
He also added:
‘What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit is supposed to be about.’
Trump’s predecessor made his rounds through the hospital to deliver gifts. He carried a sack of toys, including remote-control cars, Hot Wheels sets, nail polish, jigsaw puzzles and more.
Obama brought tears of joy to one little girl when he stepped foot into her hospital room.
He danced for her and the girl was seen covering her mouth in shock. When Obama wrapped his arms around the child, she broke down in tears.
Obama was pictured as he hand-delivered gifts to others – including a girl wearing a nasendoscope and smiling little boys.
Obama later took to twitter where he wrote:
‘Merry Christmas and happy holidays to the extraordinary kids, families, and staff at Children’s National. And thanks for humoring me as your stand-in Santa.’
Kurt Newman, chief executive and president of Children’s National Health System, told the Washington Post the kids ‘will be talking about [the visit] for years to come.’