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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  1. Judah Maccabee

    I do.

    November 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  2. AKC

    Get over it.... It's a Hanukah bush...

    For all the short coming of this President (and there are many) there has never been a better friend to Israel living in the Whitehouse.

    November 27, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. The Farrakhans

    Happy Kwaanza from the Obamas!

    November 27, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Another piece in the legacy if inneptness!!!

    But, don't tell me right-wingers – it's Bill Clinton's fault, right?!

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Sharon Burr

    An oversight?? Human error?? This is the White House we're talking about here. Don't they double check and triple check everything that goes on there? Where were the proofreaders, the editors the scions of protocol when this invitation was sent. A mistake typical of the redneck culture that has been the Bush administration. Please...let the next 54 days go by quickly!

    November 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    the only thing left to go wrong is if boy blunder gets lost going home????????????????

    November 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Jon

    I am a liberal retard and I hate Bush. That makes me better than him.

    November 27, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Thom

    Seriously folks...

    A staffer prints out a tree-picture on a card, and we act like the world is over. I am no fan of Bush, but frankly, if he is paying attention to holiday cards instead of paying attention to the big crises (economic problems, terror attacks in Mumbai, increases in sectarian violence in Iraq, genocide in Darfur), then we would have a serious dereliction of duty.

    A staffer screwed up and nobody died because of it. Ok, let's move on to the more important news.

    November 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  9. Jacob Koffman

    Come on, it's a Hanukkah bush on a sleigh driven by Joe Lieberman.

    November 27, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Andry G. Whitemann

    Uh Locutus, They were invitations, not "holiday" cards.
    let your biological half be human for a moment instead of letting your hatred react like a machine as a pre-programmed response. Clearly this was a cut out advertisement for Bud beer. weiser men know.

    November 27, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Ravi

    To those of you who think that this is no big deal, and that people should just "get over it", consider this: If a Jewish person sent out Hannukah themed cards to Christians, the mainstream Christians would be outraged (I can just imagine Pat Robertson, Sean Hannity, and James Dobson right now).

    So why is it okay for Christians to be hateful and intolerant toward non-Christians, but not the other way around?

    November 27, 2008 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  12. Carded

    What Mike said. (November 26th, 2008 10:38 pm)

    If you preach open-mindedness and tolerance, practice it. Even for the "dreaded" Republicans who are such a target of hate in posts like these.

    November 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. Mark

    From the crowd that gets bent out of shape because someone didn't put their hand of their heart or wear a flag pin; it's hardly a suprise that they would find absolutely nothing wrong with sending out Hanukkah cards with a Christmas tree in them.

    Could you imagine how Christians would feel getting cards from Obama that didn't have Jesus on the Cross but instead had the Star of David?

    November 27, 2008 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  14. Silly Moron, Montreal, Canada

    Sinkingfoster and others: Nice racist attitude.

    I could say something like "Who cares about Christmas" and a billion Muslims, Jews, Hindus, athiests and others would agree but I think most wouldn't say it out loud at least.

    So go back to your deep fried turkey that you took from a store and clam up. We don't care about your redneck comments [and I'm sure most rednecks don't care either of them].

    November 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. HeadlessHessian

    Big deal! so what! who cares? Everyone screws up for heaven sakes.

    November 27, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. TJ Johnson

    The picture on that card looks perfectly fine to me for WHATEVER occasion. Stop the nit-picking, people.

    November 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. G

    Come on everyone that's funny.

    November 27, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. KLEE

    to err is human to forgive is divine

    November 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  19. KLEE

    I figured out early this morning – the left needs the right and the right needs the left or their would be no balance

    November 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  20. Kris Worcester,MA.

    I want to borrow a line from a movie, stupid is as stupid does!

    November 27, 2008 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Deuce

    Seriously, nobody gives a crap about the old administration. They could all resign right now and nobody would shed one bloody tear.

    November 27, 2008 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. ethan

    wow. dozens of calls over 8 years? that's impressive. i mean the other couple million jews, they must be without a telephone, because those dozen speak for us all!
    what an idiot...

    November 27, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. FL Democrat

    Who cares. Jewish people know that the President is a Christian and celebrates Christmas....so why the big deal over a Xmas tree.

    I doubt very seriously they'd be offended. My bosses are orthodox jews, and they like Christmas music. lol They tell stories about when they were kids, they used to love to go to friends houses b/c they had christmas trees and presents and lights, etc... It's interesting for them even though they don't celebrate.

    This is a non-issue.

    November 27, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. earle,florida

    Ah yes,mixing politics, and religion a great recipe/time for Jeffersonian/Atheist Doctrine yuletide revival?

    November 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  25. Jon

    Griff:

    As an American, and a Republican not that it matters, currently in Mumbai, it's a little to early to be making jokes. You have bad tatse.

    November 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
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