WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's hard to imagine a tough guy from Texas shopping for a pocketbook, but President Bush gave his wife a new purse and a silver tray for Christmas, according to an aide to First Lady Laura Bush.
Sally McDonough, the First Lady's spokeswoman, said that in turn Mrs. Bush is helping quench the President's thirst for vigorous bike rides, even during the frosty months. "For the President, Mrs. Bush is helping to outfit him for cold weather mountain biking," said McDonough. "With a new coat and warming soles."
Meanwhile, the President and Mrs. Bush gave their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, unspecified "household items for their apartments," according to McDonough.
The twin girls are among several family members spending the Christmas holiday at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. Others attending the celebration included the First Lady's mother, Jenna Welch, as well as two of the President's siblings - sister Doro Bush Koch and brother Marvin - along with their families.
The family dined on a luncheon feast that included roast turkey, sweet potato casserole and no less than three desserts: red velvet cake as well as pecan and pumpkin pies, according to a menu released by the White House.
The President will get a chance to digest all of that, and prepare for a busy year ahead, starting Wednesday when he heads to Crawford, Texas, to spend a few days relaxing at his ranch through New Year's Day. Bush kicks off a busy year of international travel January 8, when he heads to Israel to work on Mideast peace on a trip that will also include stops in nations like Bahrain, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
–CNN White House Correspondent Ed Henry
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was provided the same information, as were countries such as Britain, Spain, and the 30+ other countries involved. These countries also have their own intelligence gathering agencies, all indicating the same thing – a WMD program. In fact, some intelligence from foreign countries STILL insist that WMD is somewhere in Iraq or simply moved to neighboring countries just waiting to be found. And to say that not enough time was given to the weapons inspectors is just insane....unless of course 12 years of failed inspections and complete defiance of every United Nations resolution passed (I believe at least 18 of them) since the first Gulf War was still not enough. The justification was certainly there... my point is that there are far, far more agencies/committees AND countries involved in the decision to go to war – this was not just the whim of a single man who has somehow become the whipping post for everything wrong in the world today. And once again, all this blind hatred documented online for a story about the President's Christmas is absolutely mind boggling.
Tony Almeda, Los Angeles, CA ~ Putting your issues aside, educate me then. What do the top 5% pay in taxes relative to income? For that matter since you have the numbers to back you up, what does the curve look like when you factor costs for basic necessities relative to income from top to bottom?
BTW, I'm sure you would bring a smile to Leona "only poor people pay taxes" Helmsley's face, how much are you leaving your dog?