November 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
4 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. Robert NYC

    I CAN'T BELIEVE LAURA LET GEORGE DO THE MAILINGS.

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

    I'm Catholic also...send me a menorah! I would think "how beautiful!'. How ridiculous that so many of you commenting are acting as if this is such a big deal. Like each and everyone of you has never said Merry Christmas to someone who does not recognize the Reason for the Season. Take a look in the mirror people. We can't all be as perfect as you so obviously think you are.
    Great work CNN! How proud you must be of your journalistic skills.

    November 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Locutus of Borg

    How could the Bush units screw up something as simple as mailing "holiday" cards? It appears as though the Bush units have "shortimer" metality, and simply did not care. For this reason, they must all be terminated.

    Resistance is Futile

    November 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. DaProfessor

    Geeeez ... Does this White House do nothing right?

    November 26, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. WayneDawg

    This is what happens when you have to send out dozens of different cards to pacify all the different beliefs.......

    Good grief.....o yeah, Merry Christmas!

    November 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. Apple

    I think it's the thought that matters in this case. I hate Bush and don't see this as an issue.

    I'm curious– Is the Jewish community really offended by this?

    Penny – Island Lake, IL– why jump to the instant conclusion that the 'mean comments' are coming only from Democrats? That speaks more to your mindset than the facts presented.

    November 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Is it January 20th yet?

    November 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. Ivan Bial

    Just an other example of an administration that plain and simple does not care.

    November 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Becky

    Competence starts at the top....

    November 26, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It shows to me that this administration is thinking that the country is one kind of group of people. There is little understanding as to what needs to go to different groups. Not everyone celebrates the same thing.

    November 26, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Detail Boy

    It is a truth of human nature that the details that are important to us are attended to.

    Attending to distinctions in culture are hardly the priority of a reformed alcoholic, reborn decider in chief; Or his missus ...

    this gaffe surprises nobody, and is not seen as a gaffe by similarly minded folks...

    November 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  12. Peggy

    REALITY you must be some kind of a jerk who has nothing better to say. You sound like a five year old, My mistake, a five year old have more sense than you, YOU BIG JERK

    November 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Rob

    Let's follow the kook lib train of thought:

    It was Cheney! Him, Rove, and Haliburton are behind this! Impeach Bush! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    November 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. kt

    The bigger issue to me is that while everyone in corporate America is scaling back and eliminating these types of holiday events, the White House just continues on in its own little world!

    November 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  15. B

    Hey, if this is the worst Bush does in the last two months I'll be perfectly happy!

    November 26, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. kim

    send me a bailout

    November 26, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  17. bitter_in_pa

    If he invades Iran I'm sure they'll let this card thing slide.

    November 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. gary n.

    More ineptitude from the Bush administration.

    November 26, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Michelle, PA

    I can't wait until Bush is outta there, but using a stupid mistake by some low-level staffers in the First Lady's office to belittle the guy goes too far even for me. Besides, most people would probably admit this is pretty funny. I needed a good laugh!

    November 26, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Paul

    I'm in agreement with Jim (11/26 @ 2:20 p.m.).

    November 26, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  21. Doug from Allentown

    Wow... If we are going to be that critical of our President, who in their right mind would want the job.

    I hope all of you Obama-bots are taking note because you are going to hear it ALL every time their administration does something like this.

    November 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  22. jim

    Thank God or whomever or whatever (depending on you religious beliefs) that the economy has recovered so this is actually news worthy.

    November 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  23. jim

    Thank God or whomever or whatever (depending on you religious beliefs) that the economy has recovered so this is actually news worthy.

    November 26, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  24. smc341

    I'm sure Aipac will forgive him...

    November 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  25. No One

    While you cruise CNN, I'm sure Bush is taking a nap. Get back to work hippies.

    November 26, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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