Following a statement by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders opened her press conference by naming things for which she was thankful.
She asked all reporters in the room to do the same, before they asked her a question.
Independent Journal Review reports Sanders initiated the kind-hearted campaign.
She started, “I want to share a few things that I’m thankful for and I think it would be nice for you guys to do so as well before asking your questions. Obviously you know, and it’s no secret, that I’m clearly very thankful for all of you here in the room. I think that goes without saying.”
She continued, “But in all seriousness, I’m very thankful for my family, my faith, particularly thankful for the brave men and women of the military, many of whom are away from their families during the holidays protecting the freedoms that all of us in this room and across this country enjoy.”
And, “I’m thankful for the police, the firemen and first responders who keep us safe here at home. And I’m certainly thankful for the incredible privilege of serving this president and the American people.”
Many of the reporters joined in, expressing their own thankfulness:
“I’m thankful for life. I’m thankful for my children. I’m thankful for 20 years in this job. I’m thankful to be able to talk to you and question you every single day.”
“I’m very thankful for you calling on me regularly. But I will follow your lead and be thankful for the service members, my brother is a service member, and the police, My dad is a police officer. So I’m very thankful for their service.”
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“I’m thankful for the position I have and the colleagues that are my friends. I’m thankful for my father, 96 years old and going strong, and to my wife, my heroine, thankful to her for saying yes on the fourth request.”
“I’m thankful for my health, my family, my faith – I think I live in the best country on the face of the Earth. and of course I’m thankful you address us everyday here in the briefing room.”
“I’m thankful for my wife who is pregnant with our soon-to-be child. I’m thankful for my family and my parents. I’m thankful they sent me to the University of Michigan and not Ohio State, go blue.”
“I am thankful for the First Amendment.”
“I’m grateful for my daughter and my family and the fact that I went to the Ohio State University, as opposed to Michigan.”
“I’m thankful for surviving our twelve days in Asia in one piece. I’m happy to be back here.”
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