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  • Volunteer: When you're walking around the White House floors and seeing

  • all the rooms where so much has happened and so much history is

  • kind of -- I mean, it's truly one of the most amazing

  • experiences one could have, it really is.

  • Volunteer: We're all little elves running around, so...

  • Volunteer: And it happens so much faster than one could ever imagine,

  • I mean, we're doing, what is it, 18, 20 rooms?

  • The First Lady: This would not be possible if it weren't for the 85 fabulous

  • volunteers who took time out of their busy lives to come from

  • all parts of the country to help us decorate this house,

  • and it happens overnight.

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  • Volunteer: It's been really inspiring to watch all these talented

  • designers put this plan together.

  • We're all volunteers, we're not paid.

  • We pay for all of our travel and lodging expenses.

  • Volunteer: I have been climbing scaffolding,

  • I have been down on the floor skirting trees,

  • I have been organizing floral arrangements,

  • I have been placing Poinsettias, everything and

  • anything that's asked.

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  • The First Lady: This year's theme is "Joy to All."

  • It celebrates the many joys of the holiday seasons,

  • the joy of giving and service to others,

  • the joy of sharing our blessings with one another, and of course,

  • the joy of welcoming our friends and families as guests into our

  • homes over these next several weeks.

  • Volunteer: I can see why people really want to come and visit the White

  • House over the holidays, because it's really --

  • it even takes on a more magical experience.

  • I'm in the Oregon Air National Guard,

  • I've been in the Guard for 22 years,

  • and I wanted to nominate my partner to become a volunteer

  • and thought, well, now that the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy has

  • been repealed, I can actually write the letter.

  • Before, I would never dare.

  • The First Lady: Throughout the holiday season, more than 90,000 people will

  • come from all around the world to see this house,

  • and I do hope that your holiday season is truly special.

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