"From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach"...
UPDATE: President will host Hanukkah party on Thurs, Dec. 13
President Obama on Friday issued Hanukkah greetings on behalf of himself and First Lady Obama to Jews across the globe. The holiday begins at sundown on Saturday, and the President called "for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share." (Above, the President, First Lady, and the Bidens at the 2011 White House Hanukkah reception)
"Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Hanukkah around the world," President Obama said.
"This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees who rose up to liberate their people from oppression. Upon discovering the desecration of their Temple, the believers found only enough oil to light the lamp for one night. And yet it lasted for eight.
"Hanukkah is a time to celebrate the faith and customs of the Jewish people, but it is also an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share. This holiday season, let us give thanks for the blessings we enjoy, and remain mindful of those who are suffering. And let us reaffirm our commitment to building a better, more complete world for all.
"From our family to the Jewish Community around the world, Chag Sameach."
Related: Kashering the White House kitchen for the President's Hanukkah reception.