Santa doesn't need secret service, says Michelle Obama
As the news of Friday's Connecticut school shooting hit the nation, Michelle Obama took time for a previously scheduled visit with sick children at Children's National Medical Center in Washington.
Speaking with sick children in a tradition that dates back to Bess Truman, the First Lady shared her favorite parts of the holiday season and how Santa Claus accesses the White House.
She wouldn't say what she's giving the president or her daughters for Christmas because "they're going to print it in the papers tomorrow."
She did, though, ask the kids for gift ideas. The first recommendation: an iPad, a device that the president's known to use daily. As an alternative, one kid suggested an iPad Mini.
But she did reveal her gift for first dog Bo, who attended the event with her.
"Let's cover his ears," the Politico quoted her as saying.
"He's probably going to get some stuffed toys. He likes the stuffed toys as opposed to the hard toys, because he chewed all of his toys up.
"So he's out of toys, and he loves the fluffy toys so I'm going to get him some new fluffy toys," she said.
Responding to one child's question about security at the White House, Obama said that "Santa is probably one of the only people in the world that has his own Secret Service pass. I mean, everybody knows Santa -- even the Secret Service. So they give him a pass."
"He's got the highest security clearance there is," she added.