November 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
3 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. Corndog

    George W Bush is the greatest American hero ever.

    November 26, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  2. Carl from MI

    It'll be nice to have a POTUS with a staff that actually gets things RIGHT instead of getting things WRONG all the time!!

    Jan. 20th can't come fast enough!!!

    November 26, 2008 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  3. Corndog

    I think this particular card may have been sent by mistake.

    November 27, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  4. Jeri

    I find all the hateful posts amusing. I don't like Bush but this has nothing to do with his administration. Mistakes happen. It's commonly referred to as not being perfect. This is a non-issue, must be a slow news day. For all you perfect people, Happy Thanksgiving, don't burn your pies for it would be a monumental catastrophe if you, yourself, made a mistake.

    November 27, 2008 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  5. Lynn

    Is there ANYTHING that the current administration has not screwed up?

    November 27, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  6. Wow?

    Need I say more.

    November 27, 2008 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. Pat in IL

    Good grief....has nobody here ever made any sort of mistake? I shouldn't even be posting, because the more posts there are about an item, the more the media will think we're actually interested in goofy things like this. Now, back to my budgeting and making sure I have the family's cell phone numbers in case of emergency....there are some real things to be concerned about.

    November 27, 2008 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  8. lisa

    I find it hard to believe that people are making such a big deal about this picture. it is a winter scene. It is an invitiation asking people to an event. It is not a screw up. it is not a big deal.

    November 27, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  9. Debu

    A christmas tree, so what ? I am not a christian but I don't see anything wrong with this picture. There are other important things to be worried about.

    November 27, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  10. George W

    You liberals suck...

    November 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Rob

    A very emblematic gaffe from an ignorant man like Bush. He thinks the whole world is, or should be, christian

    November 27, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Jim

    So what's your point? I have a better one for you...I once gave a sympathy card with a $50.00 bill in it, to two good friends of mine on the day they were married. It couldn't have been more appropriate. They're divorced.

    Get over it, you picky little brats. We've got bigger fish to fry in America...by the way, Happy Kwansaa, EVERYONE!

    November 27, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Mark

    Just another example of the self centered white view of the world from the Bushes!

    November 27, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. Mark

    Yeah, blame the staff... where does the buck stop? I say it's the First Lady – shouldn't she be approving these cards

    November 27, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  15. Rob

    come on its no accident–its another Bush screw up

    November 27, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  16. Sinkingfoster

    I think I speak for millions when I say, “WHO CARES!”

    November 27, 2008 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Jen, Cali

    MikeH November 26th, 2008 8:27 pm ET
    MikeH November 26th, 2008 3:11 pm ET
    . . . and then some more MikeH . . . and more . . .
    _______________________________

    All done now, Mike - diagnosing those who disagree with your views as "toxic"? Feel better? Good! Whatever works for you!

    November 27, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. brian

    The Jews can't get over the fact that they hung Jesus on a tree. So no trees for you!

    November 27, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. tino

    yeah, who cares............;)

    November 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. peter gill

    christian,jewish,moslem, who cares,there all the same.ancient china looked to the heavens. ancient egyptians worshipped the sun , certainly much more logical.

    November 27, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  21. meadowlands

    Big deal – A Christmas tree is an evergreen – don't Jewish people have evergreens in their yards? Call it a Hannaka Bush if that will make some of you hair splitters feel better. It wasn't mean't as an insult – its a tree for goodness sakes. I'd like to bet the only people concerned are the ones who didn't get invited. The receipients are probably happy to have made the list. Get a life people and stop trying to make something out of nothing.

    November 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  22. tomax7

    ...yep, and so what?

    November 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. R Liberty

    One thing you sure have to give Bush Co. credit for is consistency - consistency in never being able to get anything right!

    1.20.09 The END of an Error

    November 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Thomas

    Perhaps an honest mistake, however, it really begs the question: who in the Bush administration is paying any attention to the details in the waning days of W? Gives me pause, really.

    November 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Mr. Vandalay

    Next year we'll see "Happy Festivus" cards!

    November 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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