So he sounded the part. But first lady Michelle Obama, who brought her husband to the event which provides toys to underprivileged children, said she was unsure whether he could actually handle requirements of the job.
"We're going to break him in slowly," she said, noting that his toy sorting skills might not be up to snuff. "I don't know how good he'll be at sorting."
Obama showed he was serious about the task by taking off his suit jacket and literally rolling up his sleeves to attend to the business of toy sorting as Christmas musical hits played. The president thanked the Marine Corps Reserve for organizing Toys for Tots, which he said since its inception has given away more than 469 million toys to more than 216 million children.
"That's a lot of doll houses, lots of ninja turtles," he said.
Granted, not everyone listened to the president's holiday greetings with rapt attention.
Obama got some laughs from the crowd when mocked his own sorting skills, at the end of the speech, declaring, "I am positive that girls, zero to two, that’s perfect for the “Call of Duty” video game. Isn’t that right?
"What video game?" his wife inquired.
"See, she didn’t even get the joke," Obama told the crowd.
"I wasn’t listening," the first lady retorted.
And with that, the Obamas proved that the president did indeed tell the truth earlier in the week when he was on "The Colbert Report."
"When I go home, Michelle, Malia, Sasha give me a hard time," the president told Colbert Monday. "There are no trumpets and they tease me mercilessly for my big ears or my stodgy suits."