Obamas, stars come out for Christmas show

US President Barack Obama (L), his wife Michelle (C) and their daughter Sasha look  at a team of 'elves' - former patients of the Children's National Medical Center - who greeted the Obamas at the taping of 'Christmas in Washington'. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
US President Barack Obama (L), his wife Michelle (C) and their daughter Sasha look at a team of 'elves' - former patients of the Children's National Medical Center - who greeted the Obamas at the taping of 'Christmas in Washington'. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

US President Barack Obama mixed the Christmas spirit and the X-Men movies at a taping of a holiday show that included performances from a host of stars from Sheryl Crow to the Backstreet Boys.

Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the taping of "Christmas in Washington," an annual concert that benefits the Children's National Medical Center. The show is to air on television network TNT on Dec. 20.

With Hugh Jackman playing the host of the programme, Obama could not resist connecting the actor to the Wolverine character he has played in the X-Men movies.

"I want to thank our host Hugh Jackman for keeping our safety in mind by leaving Wolverine's claws at home," he said.

"It can't be easy to wrap presents with those things; good for carving up roast beast though," Obama said.

The show's lineup included performances of holiday favourites by the Backstreet Boys, singers Sheryl Crow and Janelle Monae, and actress Anna Kendrick.

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