December 24th, 2007
11:57 AM ET
10 years ago

Bush sends holiday cheer to troops

President Bush phoned U.S. troops from Camp David Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush made his traditional Christmas Eve calls to members of the U.S. military Monday morning, thanking them for their sacrifice.

White House Press Secretary Dana Perino says Bush reached out to three soldiers, two sailors, two airmen, two marines and one member of the coast guard serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Persian Gulf.

Perino says the President said the country was proud of them, and that he is proud to serve as their commander in chief. He also thanked the service members for their contributions to the country, and for serving a cause that is "very noble."

According to Perino, the president went on to say he understood it's hard for their children not to have them at home for the holidays, but that as they get older they will appreciate the sacrifices their parents made to keep the country safe.

Perino says Bush also asked the service members to pass on to those serving with them a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush are spending the Christmas holiday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

Joining them are Mrs. Bush's mother, Jenna Welch, daughters Jenna and Barbara, and President Bush's siblings Doro Bush Koch and Marvin Bush and their families.

Perino said President Bush will be spending the day enjoying time with his family. She said they love being at the presidential retreat, since it's a chance to be outdoors and catch up with one another.

According to a White House press release, the first family and their guests Christmas day will dine on roast turkey, cornbread dressing, pancetta green beans, sweet potato casserole, fresh fruit salad, parker house rolls, red velvet cake and pumpkin and pecan pies.

On December 26, President Bush and his family are scheduled to head to their ranch in Crawford, Texas, where they will spend the remainder of the holidays.

–CNN Correspondent Kathleen Koch

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Tyler, Cambridge, MA

    "I dont what to hear any more about people's rights, privacy, or any other garbage until this war on terror is OVER."

    Don't you realize that they have created "1984". Even Bush, in a moment of candor, admitted the war against terror is unwinnable. The next day his handlers scrambled to cover it up. It is also unloseable. At what point is the enemy defeated? At what point are we? How many times have we taken out "the number 2 guy"? What does the invasion of Iraq have to do with terrorism? All the intelligence agrees – nothing. There is nothing noble about this war. It is not protecting our whiny liberal freedoms. It is endangering all of us – like swatting at a beehive.

    Spread love. Spread peace. Spread unity. Then we might win.

    "Someday at Christmas men won't be boys
    Playing with bombs like kids play with toys"

    December 25, 2007 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  2. hey allons,tn

    hey hello this is your president commander yellow coward safe at camp david mary christmas

    December 25, 2007 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  3. Sam IA

    Thanks to our troops for their sacrifice. To Matthew. Everyone except the 30% who still worship the childking knows that the 98 report about Bin Laden was proved to be BS. So what has your hero done to capture him with 7 years of opportunities?

    December 25, 2007 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  4. Bill, Fort Riley, KS

    "We have a real bunch of Bush-supporting clowns commenting on this response page. Any idiot who has such a simplistic thinking capacity as to believe that criticisms of this lying, war criminal president somehow equates to hatred of America shouldn't even be allowed to commentate or have an opinion on political matters. Good lord."



    December 25, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. WhereInTheWorldIsOsamaBinLaden

    Two countries invaded. Where is Osama, Mr Bush?

    December 25, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jose Card - Independent

    The matter of the fact is that if our service men and women are not working to protect us, we won't be able to enjoy Christmas the way we do.

    Donate to USO!

    December 25, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. Richard, West Palm Beach, FL



    Although one of his lies was that he was a "uniter not a divider", Bush probably has everyone in agreement that they want him to get the legacy that he deserves.

    December 25, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Ajay Jain

    He should send his twin daughters as ambassadors to the front.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 25, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Patrick, Denver Colorado

    To those of you who say Bush should be in Iraq, McCain did this on Thanksgiving and actually got critized by those against the war for being political, how disgusting

    December 25, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. LB, Franklin Lakes, NJ

    "It must really perplex you that President Bush had better academic skills than your poster boy John Kerry. "

    Posted By Larry / Covington, Louisiana : December 25, 2007 5:25 am

    Uh, Nimrod, Bush was a c-student at Yale. Kerry was an A student. Kerry played football. Bush was a cheerleader. Kerry was interested in serving his country while Bush was the town drunk of Crawford Tx and failing at every business he tried. How does one fail in the oil business in Texas? Until he met the puppet master Rove who arranged it so that soft brains like you could possibly think that Bush is something more than the failure he actually is.

    December 25, 2007 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  11. S, Orlando, FL


    Posted By Bill, Fort Riley, KS : December 25, 2007 8:52 am "

    Truman never lied this country into war and got thousands of people killed as a result. I challenge all the Bushlickers on this site to name the ways in which the Iraq war has been beneficial to the United States because I can't think of any.

    Bush's legacy? The little scumbag will be lucky at this point to just be remembered as a failed president. Instead, he'll be remembered as the most despised criminal to ever slither his way into the Oval Office. Get used to it.

    December 25, 2007 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  12. Brad, from the great state of Texas

    Amazing... Bush Derangement Syndrome has now apparently morphed into Texas Derangement Syndrome, huh Adam from MD and Ed from Orlando? And by the way, ImpeachBush from TX, I'm embarrassed YOU are from Texas.

    Matthew may be wrong in saying Bush is a great president, but our president isn't all those dumb names liberals call him (which really show their lack of class). This administration has made many mistakes, but not because Bush is a Texan or a Christian. Had he gone into Iraq with more troops from the get-go, we'd all be talking about how GW deposed a murderous lunatic and changed the landscape of the Middle East.

    I will agree with Matthew on one thing– Clinton had Bin Laden, but he was embroiled in a scandal and was therefore too afraid of world opinion to do any more than lob a few cruise missiles. If it had been Bush, he would've said "screw world opinion, let's get that SOB!"

    "What's right is not always popular... what's popular is not always right"

    December 25, 2007 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. Walt, Belton, TX

    God bless you, Mr President!

    December 25, 2007 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  14. From the North

    "Bush sends holiday cheer to troops"
    Right – HAHAHAHA
    There is no one on this planet that a call from BUSH could bring cheer to!!!
    He should have spent his time dialing a prayer.

    December 25, 2007 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. Tommy, St. Louis, MO

    "Our Commander-in-Chief hs made possible yet another Christmas without Americans living under Muslim rule." (Andy in New York)

    Wow, it's shocking to me that anybody can honestly believe this garbage and try to spread it around. You must be a White House employee. The truth is, those "evil" Muslims do not even have the power to drive us out of their own countries (Iraq and Afghanistan) or overthrow their dictators who work in our interests rather than their own people's (Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt) – much less come here and occupy the entire U.S., and force all 300 million of us to live according to their wishes. They are weak and that is why we can pick on them the way we do. "Peace through strength" goes for them too, but they don't have any strength. The things we do to Iraq every day, we could never have done to the Soviet Union. So a few of them get mad and carry out a terrorist act against the U.S. – I know that is sad, but how weak in the knees do you have to be, to buy into Bush's B.S. and seriously worry that the security of the whole country is at stake? What makes you think in such a backwards way? Tell me, in what concrete way, can a single terrorist act, 9/11 or otherwise, actually threaten to overthrow our government? They would need a modern state-of-the-art military, like ours, to even begin to threaten us in that way, and the fact is, they simply don't have it. This comment has no logic, but sadly shows how racism and xenophobia, and fear run rampant in this society and are exploited by those in power to commit injustices in historic proportions.

    December 25, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  16. Val Davydov, Agawam, MA

    HEY LQ Rochester MN. It warms my heart to hear a liberal confess that they love America – that's great, keep it up. NOW LET'S JUST SHOW SOME OF THAT LOVE IN ACTION please, not just words.

    December 26, 2007 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  17. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I can't believe the nerve of this terminal idiot! He is the culprit for the thousands of deaths of our American men and women soldiers!!! Send the Twinnies!

    December 26, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. PW Va

    Real nice touch, W, as commander-in-chief...pretty brazen of you to send holiday greetings to our brave troops and yet YOU'RE too sorry to even hold the phone up to your OWN EAR!!! Someone else has to do even that for you!!! You are truly the pits!!!!

    December 26, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. CK, Arlington, VA

    Brad, from the great state of Texas:

    You have it so right Brad. Thank God we have a President that has the --s to see the job through regardless of poll numbers, Monday morning quarterbacks and spineless politicians. Clinton despite all the reminisccing by all his groupies, was not up the job. He was weak, mediocre as Presidents go and did not have the guts to do what might be percieved as unpopular. That is what happens when you're "poll reader".

    December 26, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Ajay Jain

    PUTIN, Time's Person of the YEAR 2007:

    After 8 years in Presidential office PUTIN makes the TIME Cover "Person of the Year 2007" and in the same period Dubya Bush 43rd President of the only Super Power in the world remains at 30 percent popularity vs Putin enjoys 70% popularity. Two OPPOSITE scenarios!!

    Bush is reaping what he has sown. An unstable world with two pre-emptive WARS with no end in sight. Putin thus emerges as the angry man that roused nationalistic fervor throughout Russia which has gone Anti-American.

    Bush has the greatness to not only dream up a State of the Union address like "AXIS-OF-EVIL" speech but he dared deliver it because it suited his neo-con ideas of winning in IRAQ and rebuilding IRAQ with "IRAQ Oil money".

    Where was Dr Rice then? Where is Dr Rice now. Salvaging what is left of the Middle East. Trying to BUILD any semblance of BUSH foreign policy legacy!!!

    We are sitting on a powder keg of dynamite called BUSH junior who has the audacity to utter phrases like "World War III...,", a sitting President of the USA!!!!

    Putin has to make the TIME cover for 2007!!! Time editor's are smart. Because a lot depends on Putin now!!!!

    Has BUSH not done enough already!! Is he going to give us a WW III but for the CIA NIE report on Iran. Cheney "can not OUT" all the agents of the 16 Intelligence communities that go into making the NIE report!!!!

    May GOD save our nation and the world till January 2009.

    We NEED the CLINTONS in the White House to put our country and the world back in order.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 26, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Ajay Jain, Garland, TX

    Andy, Evansville, IN says "Imagine now, if Iraq becomes another democratic Islamic nation down the road,
    well, like Turkey... keep dreaming!! I am not. I want our troops home by 2009.

    Go Hillary44 08!

    December 27, 2007 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
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