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- Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Second gentleman Doug Emhoff opened the White House ceremony saying, "And to think that today, I'm here before you as the first Jewish spouse of an American President or Vice President, celebrating Hanukkah in the people's house. It's humbling."
On Capitol Hill Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi presided over the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree saying the tree is a "testament to its special ability to united us in comfort and joy no matter who we are or where we are from. And that spirit inspires us tonight as we continue to battle the pandemic."