November 22nd, 2007
11:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Thanksgiving at Camp David

President Bush calls troops from Camp David Thanksgiving morning.

(CNN) President Bush spent his Thanksgiving morning expressing gratitude to a dozen members of the U.S. military around the world.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said the President spent over an hour on the phone from Camp David wishing the troops a Happy Thanksgiving and quoted Bush as saying, “I can’t tell you how impressed I am by the concern and compassion of the troops.” The President went on to say, he understands the daily sacrifices they are making and is filled with great pride. Bush asked the troops to relay his respect and high regard to their colleagues.

President Bush is expected to be joined at Camp David for a Thanksgiving meal by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, his twin daughters, and a number of his siblings. Bush will also have the opportunity to spend some quality time with his first son-in-law-to-be, Henry Hager.

The Presidential feast includes: an oven roasted turkey with cast-iron skillet cornbread dressing, whipped sweet potato soufflé, jellied cranberry molds, fresh clover rolls with honey butter, apple pie, and pumpkin mousse trifle.

- CNN's Emily Sherman

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Hannibal, Cathage

    When it is all said and done with and at life's journeys end; – Bush, Idi Amin, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and many despots just like him will have a special place in Hell for all the evil they have perpetuated on this world. History will record this time in which we currently live in, as the undoing of what once was a great nation. Hereby brought on by a person (the word leader does not even begin to apply here), who with his lying cast of criminals in harmony shed the blood of countless tems of thousands of soldiers, citizens, and foreign nationals. His legacy of genocide terrorism, and crimes against humanity, not only against his own people but against others, will make the acts of Saddam and Osama pale in existence to the atrocities he has committed in name of the American people and for "FREEDOM".

    November 22, 2007 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    If Bush was really concerned about the troops he would be working with Congress instead of vetoing every bill that they put out. His tactics of going it alone has worsened the troops situation to the point where Congress has no other recourse but to force the issue by blocking funding. If Bush cared, he would cooperate, not obstruct Congress.

    Telling it like I see it,

    November 22, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  3. bob, new york

    He's a war criminal!

    November 22, 2007 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  4. Anonymous, VA

    So easy to constantly attack the man, with an unfounded and unsubstantiated assumptions on his character. I'm sure I too will be blasted for my beliefs. I wouldn't expect anything more. Have a nice Thanksgiving..

    November 22, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  5. Tom, Charlottesville, VA

    If Bush thinks it's such a great project he started over there in Iraq, why doesn't he go over and join in?

    November 22, 2007 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  6. PW Va

    If I was enlisted personnel on the receiving end of the phone call from this particular indiviudual...I would treat it like I did prior to and HANG UP!!!!

    November 22, 2007 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  7. Back to the Motor League

    Would Mr. Bush perhaps like a heaping helping of sitting-on-his-ass-while-pet-corporations-reduce-indigenous-populations-to-servitude-and-eventual-extremism? Too full? Ok, Mr. Bush, go have a nap in front of the football game. Maybe enjoy a nice storybook about a pet goat .......

    November 22, 2007 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Matt, Lebanon, Ohio

    Well I see that we've all gotten plenty of drivel on here from the left-wing nutjob crowd. My advice for all of them is to go somewhere and hug a tree or to a "global warming" convention. Here in the real world, George W. Bush is a great president and commander-in-chief who has stood up for what's right and stepped up to the plate against the terrorists and rogue dictators like Saddam Hussein. He is only doing his duty as commander in chief by calling the soldiers and wishing them well and thanking them for the job they are doing. ZTo the California-New York liberals: go back to hiding under your rock and leave the thinking and running of our country to folks who have half a brain. And to everyone, Happy Thanksgiving!!

    November 22, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Harry,Iowa

    What I don't get is how one can keep a smile while others are dying while stealing for them. So much money while others are being blown up. Is anyone getting it America?

    November 22, 2007 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. Moe, Ny

    GAG! I want to place this man on the "do not call list".

    November 22, 2007 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  11. Eric,burlington,VT

    Do your sweater march your hair? I guess so. So is your brain. I mean old and rotten!

    November 22, 2007 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. PW Va

    To Matt, Lebanon OH

    Matt...not to put to fine a point on it...but you are GULLIBLE!!! Can't see the forest for the trees!!!! Get it, Matt??? A little tree-hugger humor!!! I'll keep hugging my trees while you (and your ilK) continue to seek a terroist under every rock! K???

    November 23, 2007 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  13. mark wilkes barre pa

    We cant even fight nice on thanksgiving ?

    November 23, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  14. Sam, IA

    Another shallow political photo-op from the masters of propoganda. You can trust me not a tear has ever been shed by this aristocrat for any of the lost young lives in his Iraqi urinating contest.
    About a month ago i spoke with a friend of my daughters who had jut returned form Iraq, Her 3rd tour and as they where waiting for the plane about 200 of them where wisked off to a hanger and held there for 7 hours with no breakfast or lunch wainting for Laura Bush to have her Iraqi photo-op. When the commander told them who was coming and the troops groaned he called them to attention and told them," You will clap and you will cheer when she gets here. That is an order". There is your troop support hate radio fans. A staged crowd, a staged cheer. And you scream for weeks about a suggested question at a Hillary appearance? Your gullibility is only surpassed by your dementia.

    November 23, 2007 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  15. Rocco, Wellington, FL

    One cannot help but agree with most of the comment on Bushs’ call to the troops, but is that what is really important. In January the USA is entering another period of election peril and I not convinced most Americans are concerned. The State of our Nation at this juncture is very sad. We have a war that should never have happened, we have corruption in government that is just deployable, and we have a political system of lies and deceit just to get elected. I hope that Americans ask themselves one question, What is best for America and make the call not based upon affiliation, or personal crusades but based on what is Best for all of America.

    November 23, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  16. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    "You have given these troops a memory that will last a life time."

    Yes, and it wasn't a call from the President ... its the memory of war ... maybe Bush is hoping the 20,000 soldiers with unreported brain injuries will forget what he done to them and their families with his endless, useless war.

    I wonder if Bush would have appreciated a call from the President when he was in Vietnam ... opps – that's right – he didn't go ... he always got to have Thanksgiving at home ...

    November 23, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  17. Nicole, Boston MA

    It's great to know what the president is doing for Thanksgiving. Where's the stories about the stuff that matters? For instance, the move to impeach Cheney or the new evidence that the Bush administration has committed treason?

    November 23, 2007 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  18. JD Rugby ND

    What a hollow and meaningless gesture. This is an obvious use of our troops for political purposes. Shameful.

    November 23, 2007 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Thankful in NY

    To Sam,IA,

    "The poor wittle twoops. They went wifout wunch and dinner for 7 hours! and had to behave wespectfuwy when the guest came." That's the problem with much of this country. Take a job, enlist, find out it's work and scrifice then complain because what? Someone forced you into it? Thank God there are still some men and women in the military who are able to stand up to the test and do their job even if they don't agree that freedom for others insures freedom for us, also. Hail the Chief; he has guts to persevere regardless of the slams he takes from his opponents. God help us if a wimpy Democrat wins the next election. Chances are we'll all be fighting the terrorists right in our backyards...well, some of us will fight.

    November 23, 2007 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Matt, Lebanon, Ohio

    You know, it's one thing to disagree with the President's foreign policy or to disagree with the war in Iraq or anywhere else. That's our right as Americans to do that and to have dissent and there is nothing wrong with that. But it seems like certian people will just say anything and everything in order to justify their opinions and make them sound better. It's a pretty big, powerful accusation to call the Bush administration guilty of treason or to call Bush a war criminal. Let me ask the left-wing lunatics that have posted such nonsense; can you back those claims up? Do you have any evidence of that? Or are you just repeating what you heard someone on Fox News or CNN or another news channel or a "talking head" said? Where is the evidence that Bush or Cheney are war criminals or traitors? Instead of running your mouth and talking so much foolishness, say things that have at least some resemblance to the truth, or at least that aren't such a farce. Maybe on Election Day 2008 we'll elect a president that fits your wants; a pushover who pats terrorists on the back as they plot to attack and attack our country, or, like Obama's foreign policy is, to meet with the leader of Iran and other rogue nations without preconditions. Wake up.

    November 23, 2007 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Mary, San Leandro, CA

    I wish I had been there. That feast sounds delicious!

    November 23, 2007 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  22. Amy, FL

    For those who tout Bush as a freedom lover and great leader because he spreads freedom, blah blah....How about the girl in Saudi Arabia that was raped by 7 men and then BEATEN and JAILED by the Saudi judicial system? I wonder if Bush called his Saudi Prince buddy about that and clued him in that that type of treatement is a violation of human rights and the concept of FREEDOM...I doubt it. What a souless President we have..

    November 23, 2007 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |

    Yeah, I agree – another photo op. 'He's filled with great pride.' He's full of s***, that's what he is. Troops without adequate body armor, vehicles without enough protection, injured vets being required to return bonuses since their tour is cut short by being injured in this war, vets here back home not getting the medical and especially mental health care they need, homeless vets...
    He sure shows his respect and high regard.
    I'm glad he had the opportunity to spend the holiday with all that stuff with Condy, his daughters and his first soon-to-be son-in-law.

    November 23, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  24. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    Matt, Lebanon, Ohio,

    "Maybe on Election Day 2008 we'll elect a president that fits your wants; a pushover who pats terrorists on the back as they plot to attack and attack our country, or, like Obama's foreign policy is, to meet with the leader of Iran and other rogue nations without preconditions."

    Or wait .. maybe we'll elect someone who will: send troops off to die, without adequate armor, to displace a guy who DIDN'T have WMD's, ignore the securing of known ammo dumps, force an American made puppet government (partial to Israel of all things) on it's people at gunpoint that they never asked for, (insists that he doesnt) torture SUSPECTED terrorists in secret prisons that he first insisted never existed in the first place, throw billions of "unaccouted for" dollars and roughly 200,000 lost rifles and pistols at two third-world countries with 1/11000th the military we have that we've been fighting for 5 years (and counting), negotiate with the enemy during a time of war (isn't that treason?) and even supply a country that is MILITARILY supporting our ENEMY, and makes time for phone calls (when a camera is present of course) yet not attend a SINGLE funeral for any of those soldiers who died fighting in combat – something he never had the guts to do himself?

    Oh wait ... we already have that now!

    November 24, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  25. BK, Williamsburg, VA

    " wonder if Bush would have appreciated a call from the President when he was in Vietnam … opps – that's right – he didn't go … he always got to have Thanksgiving at home …"


    ...AND I ASSUME YOU WERE AND ARE A BILL CLINTON SUPPORTER...hmmmm, don't believe he went to Vietnam fact, he wasn't even in the Guard. And, didn't he send troops in harm's way as well?

    Just more of the same here...mindless Bush bashing.

    November 24, 2007 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
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