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Barack and Michelle travelled to South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service with former President George Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush, former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other members of President Obama's administration. President Obama was given the privilege of speaking at the memorial for the beloved leader.

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 10, 2013.

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 10, 2013.

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The Bushes and the Obamas telling jokes en route to @SouthAfrica:
The Bushes and the Obamas chat aboard Air Force One:
President Obama chatting with Bill and @ChelseaClinton at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
Barack and Michelle talk with Bono at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
President Obama greets Graca Machel, Nelson Mandela’s widow.:
President Obama makes his way off the field following his remarks at Nelson Mandela’s memorial.:
President Obama shakes hands with the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
President Obama greets security personnel at Nelson Mandela’s memorial.:
President Obama speaking at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service:
President Obama preparing to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
The Obamas talk w/ @ClintonNews @Rhodes44 & Capricia Marshall en route to @SouthAfrica for Madiba’s memorial:
Pres Bush shows off his paintings to 1st Lady Michelle @ClintonNews @AmbassadorRice AG Holder & @LauraWBush:
President Obama and @Rhodes44 prepare a speech for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
The Obamas, Bushes, and @ClintonNews arrive in @SouthAfrica for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
President Obama welcomed to Nelson Mandela’s memorial service by President Yayi Boni of Benin.:
President Obama with @PresidencyZA Jacob Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
Barack and Michelle Obama sit with other world leaders at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.:
A somber moment as the Obamas and the Bushes depart @SouthAfrica.:

To celebrate and pay tribute to past White House holidays and honor the former First Ladies, four unique and decorated trees stand in the Grand Foyer.

First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy started the tradition of having an official White House Christmas theme. Jackie O loved the ballet, and so her first Christmas theme for the White House was the Nutcracker.

This year First Lady Michelle wanted to pay tribute to the themes the First Ladies had chosen over the years, so she used their ornaments on four trees in the White House Grand Foyer. You can check out some of them below!

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A Tribute to our First Ladies:
Jacqueline Kennedy Christmas Ornament:
Lady Bird Johnson Christmas Ornament:
Pat Nixon Christmas Ornament:
Betty Ford Christmas Ornament:
Rosalynn Carter Christmas Ornament:
Nancy Reagan Christmas Ornament:
Barbara Bush Christmas Ornament:
Hillary Clinton Christmas Ornament:
Laura Bush Christmas Ornament:
Michelle Obama Christmas Ornament:

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama walk with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush in the Cross Hall towards the East Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. The President and First Lady hosted a ceremony to unveil the Bushes' official portraits, which will be displayed in the White House.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a lunch for members of the Bush family in the Red Room of the White House, May 31, 2012. Seated clockwise from the President are: former First Lady Barbara Bush, Bucky Bush, Doro Bush Koch, Jenna Bush Hager, Marvin Bush, Jody Bush, former President George W. Bush, Mrs. Obama, former President George H.W. Bush, Patty Bush, Bobby Koch, Barbara Bush, Margaret Bush, Jonathan Bush, and former First Lady Laura Bush.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host a ceremony on the occasion of the unveiling of the official portraits of former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush, in the East Room of the White House, May 31, 2012.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Unveil the Official Portrait of President George W. Bush: