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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. CynicLgrrl

    I wish they'd set another place for me. , ::she said, slurping her ramen noodles::::: I would love nice dinner right now .

    December 25, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  2. Malik48

    Kenneth M. of Flushing Queens,were you born stupid or did you grow into it.President Elect Obama is more American then you are and three times are smart.No matter what you say about this man he is your new President along with the 62% of the American people who voted for him,so stop hating and enjoy what you have left of your insane life.

    December 25, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. jimmie brenner

    On this Christmas day, this 75 year old grandmother truly wishes the very best for our president elect and his family. God and the world knows he is in for the ride of his life. Yes, our country is in a huge mess, and will be for some time to come. The blame game????? Hindsight is every thing isn't it? On this day, I also wish the best for President and Mrs. Bush. jb

    December 25, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. man of peace

    God Bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS Mr. President-Elect and family. God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS Mr. President and family. God bless and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all of us. PEACE on Earth and good will to ALL MEN. Amen

    December 25, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  5. ynotoman

    It sounds a great dinner – fit for a great president

    December 25, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Jack

    CNN- get off this guys jock. You had a headline earlier that said "Obama has a good body. . . get over it". He is not an American Idol star or a celebrity. You are becoming as shell of yourself, Nat'l Enquiresque.

    December 25, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. man of peace

    To Roger in Ga,

    That was a wonderful thing you said and I pray that all of us take note. You're a man of principle and faith. You make us all proud to be an American. Peace to you and your family. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

    December 25, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. dave

    hmm. ham. I guess he ain't muslim. that is if no one "misspoke" in this article.

    .....and ease up folks. just funnin'

    December 25, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Chad M.

    Dang, I thought the Obamas were like everyday people. Everyone I know is having soup to eat, but this man who claims to be liike us is having an expensive turkey and ham dinner. So much for being like the rest of us, eh?

    December 25, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. deborah, WV

    I hope that our President-Elect and his beautiful family have a wonderful Christmas!

    I also hope that thanks to the new direction Obama is taking our country WE CAN ALL HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    December 25, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  11. William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    But, he left out the fried chicken and watermelon. I'm sure that somewhere in the world you can get a watermelon on Christmas. I bet you can get them from Kenya.

    December 25, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. man of peace

    Irritated in FL,

    I feel for your soul and the hatered within your heart. Something very bad must have happened to you somewhere in your life. For you to spew such hatered on Chistmas Day is very sad. The rest of us feel for you and hope that you find a light in your life. I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and your loved ones and peace in your heart. That is my Christmas prayer for you.

    December 25, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  13. Janice

    @irritated

    And your proof would be???

    December 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Local girl

    With due respect, Madelyn Dunham was NOT a Hawaiian native. To be a Hawaiian native, you need to be born in Hawaii and have Hawaiian bloodlines. She was born in Kansas and relocated to Honolulu. There are few "Hawaiians" left. Most of us are considered "Kama'ainas" (those who have lived on the islands for a long time).

    December 25, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. World leaders will not respect a tabloid president!!

    Please stop treating this guy like a celebrity!!!!!!! I don't want to know what my presidents body looks like in a swimming suit and neither do 90% of the world leaders!!!!

    He's our President.........NOT.........a Hollywood celebrity!!!!!!!!!

    December 25, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. Amber

    Irritated in Fl:

    You are the worst kind of human being. How DARE you speak ill of the dead. What a model Christian you are.

    Also, nice try but Obama didn't need any sympathy vote to put him over the top as he won in a LANDSLIDE.

    Say it with me: President Barack Hussein Obama.

    December 25, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  17. heartlight3

    Obama's grandmother was not a Hawaiian Native. Generally a person is a native of the place where they were born. She had lived here for a long time, but she was not born here.

    December 25, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  18. Charlene

    To all the negative bloggers out there, I thought this was the season for peace on Earth goodwill towards men. The day is not over so I pray you can find the true meaning of Christmas and family. Where are your Chrstian values.

    December 25, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. virginia for obama

    There right!. . . I'm an Obama supporter too. but you don't have to report everything his does like whats for dinner.

    December 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  20. get real dude

    To: Irritated in Fl

    Stop reading so many mystery novels. You sound creepy and morbid!!!

    December 25, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  21. H From Seattle

    While I wish the President Elect and his family a happy holiday, I am getting a little tired of hearing so many irrelevant details about his life. What he is eating, how he looks in swimming trunks, what he and his wife are wearing to the inauguration...what I really care about is what he is going to do with the economy.

    December 25, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Joe

    Who cares. CNN sucks. Is osama inviting you to dinner? It would seem only fair since you handed him the election.

    December 25, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. mark from New York

    to kenneth queens.
    i want you to remember that grand parents were not american. check the american history. you may not be american because your mother and father are chinese. flushing is a chinese area.

    December 25, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Not too Happy

    To: William A. Schaedler from St. Louis

    Of course you can get watermelon from Kenya. It is our motherland. It's where life started. And by the way, I am African American and I love watermelon and chicken. If you think you are offending someone, you are not. The bottom line is that you now have a black president and you have to deal with it – the watermelon and chicken and every other "black" food. Sorry guy but your talk is not going to get Obama out of the White House.

    It was America's ancestors that brought us blacks over here and now we are here to stay so deal with it. By the way, I thank them for bringing us over here because God has done amazing things for my grandparents' generation and many to come.

    You don't like black people – then move. Soon, people of color will consume the American population. Hispanics are growing in numbers. So diversity is here to stay buddy. Being that the earth consists of 3/4 colored, you are going to have to find a remote location in order to get away from diversity.

    God bless Obama this Christmas season and God Bless America.

    December 25, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  25. Jack

    Amber what election are you referring to? A landlside? is 52% a landslide? He just barely beat out Bush's numbers in 04'. Would you call Bush 04' a landslide? You Obamabots have got to realize that many people did not want him as President. And no they weren't all rednecks or racists. He is doing a GREAT job creating a good mix of cabinet members to appease those who were not for him.

    December 25, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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