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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama share a laugh as they attend a Hanukkah reception with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is marking Hanukkah as a story of "faith over doubt."

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Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden convened a Hanukkah celebration at the White House Thursday in an early celebration of the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Obama said the Hanukkah story was about "right over might, faith over doubt." In the Hanukkah story, a small band of Jews rededicating a Jerusalem temple found that a one-day supply of oil kindled a flame instead for eight.

The president noted "our unshakeable support and commitment to the security of the nation of Israel."