December 25th, 2008
10:45 AM ET
5 years ago

Obama Christmas to include turkey and ham dinner

(CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama's traditional Hawaiian Christmas includes opening presents with his family this morning, and dining on turkey and ham tonight.

The Obamas had spent past Christmases with the president-elect's grandmother Madelyn Dunham, a Hawaiian native, who died earlier this year. Obama attended a memorial service for Dunham earlier this week.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Ray Fisher

    Ms. Madelyn's empty chair must be heartbreaking for our new President along with his bitter-sweet year as a whole. But as every life must adapt to changes, when an old way of life ends a new beginning opens to a brighter day. Good Bless our new President and his family always and grant him the strength and wisdom to resurrect a nation!!!

    December 25, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens

    Ham! I thought he was a Muslim. That does not sound American. What country is this guy from? Oh yeah, the country of Hawaii. Or did he just get a birth certificate from them. Matt or Irish Boston, can you tell us again why Hawaii issues birth certs to people who were born elseware? And this whole natrual born thing. What is that all about?

    December 25, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  3. proudliberal-independent feller

    we'll be havin' baked crow and fried spam. mmmmm,mmmmm......,

    [it's ok, i'm from arkansas. we lub crow and spam]

    December 25, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. WIlly Brown

    Awl. Can't wait to see how the media trys to make the messiah so cute sounding after one year of his debacle.

    December 25, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Johnny Red

    I hope Barack got what he wanted for Christmas. I got a new toothbrush.

    December 25, 2008 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  6. Kim

    Merry Christmas, new First Family, and all the blessings of the New Year.

    December 25, 2008 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Andrea/ CA

    Kenneth m. You are a jerk. You are NOT informed, and you a re a hater. he is not a Muslim, and so what if he where?
    Merry Christmas, anyway.

    December 25, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. George

    For the faithful of many religions there are prohibitions on eating certain foods. For example those who follow Islam or Judaism do not eat pork.

    Nuff said.

    Merry Christmas to all.

    December 25, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Marilyn

    Kennth M of Flushing – get over it!

    December 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. David

    I'm very glad to know that our new President and his family are gonna eat some turkey for Christmas. Thanks CNN for reporting these news. ^^

    December 25, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Rick Sutter

    We care why?

    December 25, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Esther in VA

    Merry Christmas Obamas!!

    December 25, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. DEVINDER PUNJWARIA, TORONTO,CANADA

    MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LOVELY FAMILY,
    MERRY CHRISTMAS

    December 25, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. cmars

    Kenneth M.
    a) Your spelling sucks, so you obviously haven't been the recipient of an American education – perhaps you were the one born elsewhere? Or 'elseware', as you like to put it...

    b) Get over it. Americans come in all colours now. You might be bitter because old racist rednecks like yourself are on the way out, but the rest of the world is happy to see you go! You may have 'thought' he was Muslim, but that puts you in a group with a lot of angry, loud, ignoramuses unable to accept progress. Happy holidays, loser!

    December 25, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. nitpicker

    I may be a nitpicker, but I thought Mrs. Dunham was born in Kansas, which would make her a Kansas native, but a Hawaii resident. Maybe CNN needs to hire a new copywriter. Nevertheless, I hope all have a wonderful Christmas,

    December 25, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. david

    Just want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a wonderful Holiday Season regardless of your religion or faith. Keep good thoughts in your hearts for our country and her people. God Bless each and all.

    December 25, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  17. Blue balloons

    Merry Christmas, Obama Family! The greatest Christmas gift of all for me this year. Obama in the Whitehouse, and a new dawn for America.

    December 25, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Charles from Atlanta

    Is this news?

    December 25, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. ACE

    Finally! A president that eats the same thing for Christmas that I eat! I love this guy!

    December 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  20. mike

    Were actually gonna have a president that reads, and is smart. He might listen to those who disagree with him sometimes, and inspire people. Just one thing; can he start any sooner?

    December 25, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. roger in ga

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to the PE and all of his family. I am pleased that you are able to enjoy some down time before you step into the mess on 20 Jan of 2009.

    I did not vote for you but as Senator McCain said on election night, the majority have spoken and you are now my President Elect so I will support your efforts to turn our country and economy around. I may not always agree with your decisions but you will still be our leader.

    Good Luck and GOD speed President Elect Obama

    December 25, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. B.O.FAN

    Yammy..... I wish I was invited. Buy the way do the media has to report on everything OBAMA does? Get a life and leave the president Elect alone enjoy his vacation.
    Obama farts, it's got to be reported. Obama go to the bathroom, it's on the political ticker. What is wrong with you? Ohhh i forgot, Nothing to report on

    December 25, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  23. Irritated in Fl

    Gee. Died earlier this year. Yeah, Oct. 21st. Then the cremated remains were stashed and it was announced Nov 2 that she had JUST died in order to get Obama the sympathy vote. What a pathetic weasel. And this is the kind of lying, deceitful filth that you people want leading our nation. When he went o visit his "ailing" grandmother...she was already dead! The state of Hawaii needs to quit protecting this devil.

    December 25, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  24. Dave

    Who cares? Return people's money as a Christmas gift who financed his campaign. People have hard time feeding their own and someone else is splurging their money.

    December 25, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. Lauren

    CNN = National Enquirer

    Just another example of CNN reporting tabloid news.
    I am sure CNN will not let this past thier moderators, but if they do,,,,

    Are we going to hear about every little trivial thing Obama does?

    CNN, why do you not report on the people who have nothing to eat on Xmas, or report on those who can not afford a simple Barbier doll for thier kids on Xmas morning?

    Why not report on the missions who feed underprivledged, or the churches that open thier doors for the homeless.

    Why must we hear tabloid journalism about Obama.

    December 25, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
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