President Barack Obama thanks American service members and pays tribute to six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan days earlier. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION President Barack Obama called the six U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan on Monday "outstanding" and "brave" as he thanked American service members on Friday during a Christmas Day visit to a Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kanoehe Bay. "This is one of our favourite things to do every single year, because not only are we in Hawaii for Christmas, but we're also able to say thank you on behalf of the American people. So many families here are serving tirelessly. And it's not just those in uniform who serve, it's also the spouses, the kids. There are times where you're missing birthdays, missing soccer games, making sacrifices," he said. As we know, when you're deployed overseas, it's tough. And even though we've been able to reduce the number of folks who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, there are still folks over there every single day. And it's still dangerous, as we saw this past week, where we had some outstanding, brave men and women who were killed. And so we never take for granted what all of you do for the American people. You help keep us free. You help keep us strong. And whatever service you're in, whatever branch, we are extraordinarily grateful for everything that you do every single day." The Christmas Day remarks were the first time Obama had addressed the attack, the deadliest on U.S. forces this year.