November 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 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. Chris

    Boy, they're gettin' awfully sloppy over at the WH as the end nears. That's right. Blame the staff. Even for such trivial stuff, no one takes accountibility over there.Doesn't anybody 'proof' what goes out of the White House before it's mailed? Maybe they decided to let most of the staff go, since nothing is getting done over there anyway.

    November 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Barbara

    Hope Joe Lieberman got the card... he has a real identity problem
    and this should throw him over the edge ! someone should!

    November 26, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Lyle Waggoner

    The entire 8 years of the Bush Presidency will be avaible for viewing on DVD. It will surely outsell Carol Burnett's DVD

    November 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Proud to be American

    You are forgiven Mrs. Bush; we do not expect anything less from the current Administration. Stuff Happens is the Bush Moto or like Cheney would say "so". Please hurry along and pick your personal stuff accordingly as I am standing by to wish your farewell.

    November 26, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  5. PDX Gal

    And the Bush family continues to display their typical levels of sensitivity, competence, and attention to detail.

    Love the "eat it and smile" expectations of many of the posts here.

    November 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. MaryJo Bruce Surprise, Ariz

    We all know what happened to the last perfect person. Things do happen. If people are getting their pants in a wad about this. Then they will just have to get upset. Forgiveness is devine.

    November 26, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. gord

    At least no one died on this Bush snafu

    November 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Danny G. Boca Raton, FL

    the embarrasement will last a day, people are human. in the spirit of the season I'm sure no one will be offended by this. I can't believe the amount of people stating that christmas will not be the same under president Obama... what a sad bunch of ingnorants.
    for the rest of ya... Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas!

    November 26, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Helene

    So what ? The evangelicals support Israel, their great friend ...

    November 26, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Tired of Bush Bashing

    There is a whole staff that is supposed to take care of this. Somebody just messed up. Get over it!

    November 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Anthony

    Anyone besides me get a HUGE smile on thier face from this one?? Honest mistake...enjoy the chuckle and move on :)

    And "New Day" (2:18 pm)...very "punny" today, aren't we? You had to put your "stamp" on this conversation...:)

    November 26, 2008 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Hawkeye

    Penny: perhaps an English textbook for Christmas?

    November 26, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. Summer

    I think the bigger Christmas "scandal" is the fact that Obama doesn't give his girls Christmas gifts. Apparently he does this "to teach them limits". That's just very sad.

    November 26, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Paul C.

    LOL, malclave, clean the cobwebs out of that black hole you call a brain and come to your senses! Actually it's very funny and indicative of sideshow freaks like yourself who are still questioning Obama's citizenship. That's like saying the world is still flat. But as long as you want to make a fool of yourself keep it up buddy, just let me get the popcorn and soda and you can start ranting for our amusement and entertainment! Seriously, I'm no fan of Bush and will sing a thousand praises once he's gone but it's a small trivial matter and his staff messed up, not him. And I wholeheartedly concur with the other posters who say he can't get out soon enough!

    November 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Santa

    Merry Christmas

    November 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Mike

    Now that those invitations are out, all I can say is "Mission Accomplished"

    November 26, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  17. JB

    Trees are non denominational. If they were exclusive to Christmas, all of the Gringes would have already demanded that all xmas trees be taken off of public property.

    CNN, stop trying to make news and make republicans look bad. Your attempts at manipulation are becoming very visisble.

    November 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  18. AJ

    Yes, it was just a mistake. But the bigger issue is that many non-Jews (perhaps the clerk who mailed these out) don't even know that Jews don't have Christmas trees.

    November 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  19. MikeH

    Malclave, you're toxic, go back to the psych ward and up you meds dosage.

    November 26, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Russ

    Ahh, so what would you expect from this administration. They can't get it right!

    November 26, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Avonlady

    I wouldn't expect anything but this. Just more of the same incompetency we've had to put up with for 8 years.
    Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    The Dow is up because people are starting to see there's better days ahead.

    November 26, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  22. Big Deal

    You people need to get over it. I'm sure that most of you that are claiming to be offended aren't even Jewish. The White House is filled with Christmas trees and I think it's just fine.

    November 26, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  23. Brook E. Mantia

    As wise ol' man Colbert would say, "There are many ways to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior..." ;-) Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!

    November 26, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. Dina-Bronx

    Happy Festivus, everyone! Enough already .... let's just pray this little snafu is the end of it and CNN can find something worthwhile to write about.

    November 26, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Jim

    I don't know what is funnier, this article or how pissed off some people are that this was posted.

    November 26, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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