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. LyonsPhilly

    Wow they've never made a mistake in 8 yrs. It is not that serious. Hope the White House are not getting nervous in their last days.

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

    Bush mush have put Palin in charge of the holiday mailings this year.

    November 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Kim C

    This says it all, everything the Bush administration has stood for....
    ooopppppssss!

    November 26, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Diane

    I'm just glad to see some acknowledgement from this White House that some people believe things other than Christianity.

    November 26, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Susan Jacobs

    Its a good thing we Jews have a sense of humor. This is probably the only funny thing that Bush has done that wasn't also sad or scary.

    November 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Pat

    Is there anything they can't screw up? Wow...

    November 26, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  7. Rick

    Just say it's a cedar tree instead of a Christmas tree.

    November 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. Penny - Island Lake, IL

    I can't believe how many mean spirited Democrat’s there is out there. It seems like every article about the President; these evil Democrat’s have to voice their dumbness.

    November 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. joey from san diego

    hey there is something you don't see every day. George Bush saying he is sorry.

    November 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. Iowa Mom

    Whoops! Very pretty card though.

    November 26, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    It fell threw the cracks....just like our economy, the war on terror, the iraq war, and capturing Osama bin Laden. Change is almost here!

    November 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. reality

    I cant wait till Obama starts making mistakes and lets see if you criticize him. No one is perfect. Oh, my bad, I forgot Obama is the messiah to you people.

    November 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Dennis

    I agree with many of the posts here–don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves about? I think the Bush presidency will go down as one of the worst ever, but beating up the White House for what is obviously an honest mistake is pretty petty. People, and the media, in this country are starting to sound like a bunch of schoolyard children calling each other names. Let's all grow up and start acting a little more civil to one another, ok?

    November 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. julie

    idiots

    November 26, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  15. Carmen, Little Rock AR

    Happy Christmahanukkwaanzadanstice!

    November 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Laura, Boston

    This is the only mistake that the First Ladies office has made. I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure a follow up letter will go out with apologies.

    Laura Bush has been a good First Lady. She has never given anybody any reason to say otherwise.

    I hope she will enjoy being back at home and away from the fish bowl of the White House.

    November 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Gisele from NY

    Maybe they were trying to save some taxpayers dollars (yeah, right). Now all they need to do is say "Merry Hanukkah" to their guests.

    November 26, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Tomkatinseattle

    If you look real close, you can see W sitting on the throne of his private "library." Probably humming "Hail To The Chief"...

    -Tomkat-

    November 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Mike

    Hopefully they weren't sent to invitees from all 57 states.

    November 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Accountability

    Man....I can't wait for competence to return to the White House....January 20th can't come too soon....

    November 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Wes in Oregon

    Hey Penny, believe me....There are just as many if not MORE Republican mean people too. I've seen it!! So don't blame Democrats.

    November 26, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Laurel

    Well, that's the least of the snafu's characterizing the Bush administration. At least they can go out with an ironically humorous note.

    November 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Peggy the Unemployed

    This not news. Mistakes happen and this is a relatively minor one.

    November 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Rick

    In addition, you morons who believe the next administration is gonna be any better..... are in for a rude awakening!

    November 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. J.Crobuzon

    Well, you don't want to be accused of taking Christmas out of Hanukkah and calling it a 'solstice celebration' or something. Good old Bush, he can't even send a Christmas card the right way.

    November 26, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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