I'm blogging from the network feed now. The CNN feed wasn't in sync.
He's doing the customary thank-yous to the leadership. Petraeus was careful to mention that the President had already visited the hospital, and had given out Purple Hearts.
He's apparently going extemporaneous (well, as much as any modern leader does) for some of his remarks. Keeps looking down at his notes.
Mentions the "holiday" season - it's Freaking Christmas! Can't you bring yourself to actually say the word?
Says that on behalf of "me, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha, and the 350 milliion people of the US" he is thanking the troops. Always himself first.