Obama is 'the big elf' at Toys for Tots event

  • President Barack Obama carries two bags of gifts as he arrives to help first lady Michelle Obama sort toys and gifts for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign on Dec. 10, 2014, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
  • President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama deliver remarks before sorting toys and gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Dec. 10, 2014 in Washington, DC.
  • President Barack Obama helps members of the military sort toys and gifts for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Campaign on Dec. 10, 2014, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.
  • First lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama distribute toys donated by the Executive Office of the President staff for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign in Washington on Dec. 10, 2014.
  • President Barack Obama chats with a child after delivering toys and gifts for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign on Dec. 10, 2014 at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
  • President Barack Obama sets down bags of toys as he and first lady Michelle Obama deliver gifts donated by Executive Office of the President staff to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling on Dec. 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Following Michelle Obama’s introduction of her “new helper” at Wednesday’s Toys for Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama, who entered baring sacks of gifts just like Santa Claus, declared: ”I’m the big elf. I’m like Will Ferrell.”

It’s the first lady’s sixth year being involved in the Toys for Tots program, but this was President Obama’s first foray. The foundation, run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve, aims “to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens,” according to the Toys for Tots website.

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“It’s a tremendous privilege to be a part of making Christmas just a little bit brighter for a few kids across the country,” the first lady said.

Despite bringing her husband along to help out this time, she wasn’t too confident the president’s ability to get the job done.

“He doesn’t usually deal in shopping … we’ll watch him closely to see if he can figure out which ones are girls 0-2 or unisex. It gets really complicated. So watch him, cause he could really make your work harder,” Michelle Obama joked.

The president quickly brushed off his wife’s dig to talk about the foundation’s work over the years and thank members of the military. 

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“With our combat mission coming to a close in Afghanistan it means more of our extraordinary military members are going to be home for the holidays, back where they belong, and that is the most important blessing of all,” he said.

The president rounded out his remarks at Wednesday’s event with one last playful jab at the first lady – “Let’s get sorting. I am positive that girls 0-2, that’s perfect for the ‘Call of Duty’ video game.”

Michelle Obama didn’t get the joke.

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