November 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 months ago

First White House Chrismukkah cards accidentally sent

A card sent to Jewish leaders had a distinctly Yuletide flavor.
A card sent to Jewish leaders had a distinctly Yuletide flavor.

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – Whoops! A picture of a Christmas tree is not the first thing you would expect to see on an invitation to an event celebrating Hanukkah, but that is exactly what recipients of invitations to this year's White House Hanukkah reception initially got in the mail.

The invitation sent to American Jewish leaders on behalf of the President and First Lady, requesting "the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception," bore an image of a Clydesdale horse-drawn cart, carrying the White House Christmas tree, with a Christmas wreath-adorned White House in the background.

Mrs. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, attributed the snafu to a "staff mistake" in not printing separate cards for the different White House holiday events, as has been the custom in years past. "Mrs. Bush is apologetic, It is just something that fell through the cracks," she said, referring to the role of the First Lady's office in sending out the invitations.

The card as originally intended featured a menorah given to the White House during Harry Truman's presidency. That mailing was to have gone out today, according to Mrs. McDonough.

McDonough added that the White House had received "dozens" of calls of support from members of the Jewish community to express their appreciation for what President and Mrs. Bush had done for them through the course of Mr. Bush's presidency.


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soundoff (418 Responses)
  1. kuriya

    What is new

    November 26, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. Too funny

    Oy, vey! Non-news again, CNN. How about reporting the DOW is UP again today...how many days in a row is that???

    November 26, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  3. Angel

    EXPECTED,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    November 26, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  4. Sophia, 23, FL

    mistakes happen

    November 26, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    B F D

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Gm

    This really doesn't need to be mentioned. We've all got bigger issues to worry about.

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. Mickie

    This is minor compared to all the other mistakes made by this White House in the past 8 years. If only this was the most severe damage done by Bush/Cheney.

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Happy Holidays!

    What's the big deal? I wouldn't mind getting a menorah and I'm catholic. We should be over this by now..........

    November 26, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. New Day

    heheheh I believe a bad pun like: "Bush is mailing it in" is in order, no?

    November 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  10. Akinola - Houston

    Bush cant wait to run out of there, he thinks its christmas already!

    November 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Andyb

    I SOOOOOO want a copy of that card!!!!

    November 26, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Shadi Qasem

    I wonder if they will do the same when they send invitations for the muslim holiday coming in about 10 days.

    November 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Amber

    *hand slaps forehead*

    November 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  14. Beartrack

    Just another sign of the Bush team's incompetence at everything they do.

    November 26, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  15. Jim

    Come on CNN..Must you comment and find fault on the most obscure things? We waste so much time/money and effort attempting to be PC. Get over it and resport something of substance and value. Of course, there's a sector of the economy that thrives on slicing up something and figuring out HOW it can be "offensive" to someone out there. Get over it!!

    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  16. One Nation under God

    Are we really shocked by this?

    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. wow

    It is Bush. Hello what else do you expect?

    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Joshua College Station Texas

    Ha ha, those silly Bushes! Gosh they just can't help themselves, can they?

    The American public is waiting eagerly just off stage with their shepherds crooks, ready to drag the Bushes off Jan. 20th... Then we'll all be singing the refrain, Hallelujah!

    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  19. thomas C

    I wonder what will happen if Michelle Obama makes these mistakes?

    Rush and Hannity would claim it is the 'END OF THE WORLD' and Michelle is incompetent, and unfit to be first lady, and out of her 'comfort zone', and uncultured, and unsophisticated, and on, and on, and on . . .

    November 26, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. Carol

    It's a beautiful card. Enjoy it – don't make an issue out of nothing.

    November 26, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. irishchar

    Looking at the "big" picture.....this is nothing. We should certainly have more important things to worry about than an incorrect card being sent out. I'm sure the Jewish leadership has accepted the WH apology and moved on. I think the rest of us should do the same.

    November 26, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Steve

    I don't think much of Bush, but it's an honest mistake. Just be glad Karl Rove wasn't in charge. He would have sent cards out for Merry Republicmas, and other cards out for the heathen holidays.

    November 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. samantha o

    Because people are tired of hearing of the "Dow up, Dow down". yeah, it's a mistake; it's just mistake #109,435 for the Bush Admin.

    November 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Maria

    Bush can't wait to leave. They're not even proofing what they mail out. Good times.

    November 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. rc

    Yes, mistakes do happen. They seen to happen with great frequency with this "administration"(???). It's a shame Laura has had to put up with all of this. I'm sure she will be glad to get back to the ranch.

    November 26, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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