November 27th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
9 years ago

Bush calls troops on Thanksgiving

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Pres. Bush placed called to U.S. troops on Thursday morning."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In keeping with what has become a holiday tradition, President Bush called 11 U.S. troops stationed around the globe to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and thank them for their service, the White House said Thursday.

Bush is spending Thanksgiving at Camp David and will have holiday dinner at the presidential retreat.

Here’s the menu for Thanksgiving dinner at Camp David, according to the White House:


Free-Range Roast Turkey

Cornbread Dressing

Cranberry Sauce

Sautéed Green Beans

Morelia Style Gazpacho with Spinach Salad

Zucchini Gratin

Whipped Maple Sweet Potatoes

Buttered Mashed Potatoes

Giblet Gravy

Fresh Clover Rolls with Honey Butter

Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Topping

Apple Pie

Pumpkin Mousse Trifle

Fresh Fruit Platter

Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Maggie Muggins

    Let the rest of them eat cake.

    November 27, 2008 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  2. Ken in NC

    WOW he can feed a lot of hungray and homeless people with a menu like that. Maybe they should invite the public over for Thanksgiving dinner.

    November 27, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. chuck

    George Bush will be DRUNK by DINNER TIME.

    November 27, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. fred

    Why do people keep saying "holiday dinner," or "have a happy holiday" instead of Thanksgiving. Is there now something politically incorrect about the word "Thanksgiving" too, just because it was based on giving thanks to God? If so, that is ridiculous.

    November 27, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  5. TJ Johnson

    I am truly thankful for the wonderful young men and women who have volunteered to protect our country. Also, I am thankful that
    God allowed this country to have George Bush as president during the past several years. He has stood up for our country when even our own citizens don't.

    November 27, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I can't afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

    November 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Seattle Sue

    What a guy! Did he remind them that he is the reason they are there?

    November 27, 2008 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. tedith

    Whats going on with DUMBYA ? Are you trying to tell us DUMBYA is not going over to IRAQ to give the Troops another Plastic Turkey ? The Dude is checking out early apparently . Why doesn't he just resign and go home and take 5 Deferment Cheney with him. Obama is ready to lead and this is what America needs at times like this , you bet .

    November 27, 2008 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. KLEE

    Happy Thanksgiving President Bush and family. Happy Thanksgiving President Elect Obama and family.

    November 27, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Barbara in NC

    It's a shame he's left this country in such a sad fix that most families won't be able to eat as well as he.

    November 27, 2008 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  11. Mike, Vancouver

    Having an average Thanksgiving meal like most Americans would go a long way with most people or maybe this is what cutting back looks like for the president.

    November 27, 2008 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. Jaye

    He should have to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas in Iraq and Afghanistan with the troops.
    He sent them there and should have to stay with them.

    November 27, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Milhouse van Houten

    It's nice to see,as the food bank line-ups lengthen and the number of
    people having to resort to unemplyment insurance continues to grow,
    that the well-heeled at the top can sit down to such bounty.
    Well,at least in the picture,Shrub has the phone the right way.

    November 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  14. Pepou

    And the biggest turkey of all ? Guess ...

    November 27, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Rob

    boy with all that sugar , no wonder his brain can't function !

    November 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Honoring the presidency

    Thank you Mr. President for your service.

    November 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    We should make it illegal to elect anyone that has financially profited from war and we should prohibit elected officials from making any future financial gains from war, e.g. Cheney and Haliburton. How can we really ask others to stop using violence when our own leaders get rich from war?

    November 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  18. Joyce Becker

    That's just too much food for the President and his family to eat, they really should share it with some more needy family.

    November 27, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. Godson

    That Menu Sounds So.... Good!

    November 27, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. jason

    NO answer is NOOOOOOOOOOO.
    Our alcoholic President Probably will get drunk and make stupid jokes....

    November 27, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  21. Ana

    If he is calling to apologize for a the death and destruction he has cause Americans and Iraqis, it wouldnt be a bad thing.
    And while he is at it, he could admit that Iraq is much worse off (three countries in one, three major ethnic groups who will now fight till the end of days) than it was with Saddam Hussein.

    November 27, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. waxwing069

    It sure is nice that Bush and Family have such a varitey of food for today.. Wonder how many Americans can afford as much for thier tables.

    November 27, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. Speider


    Beefaroni or some other canned good that was on sale

    Stale bread ends

    Canned surprise! The label was off so it was on sale. What is it? Who knows...SURPRISE!

    Twinkies (a two-pack split among five family members)

    I wonder what the menu is at the homes of AIG and GM executives and CEOs?

    November 27, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  24. jane in Columbus,ks

    Nice to see the waste of good food at Camp David. How nice and thoughtful of him to phone troops though.He had to find something to do useful this week as he is sure isn't attending to this nations business

    November 27, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Loyal Democrat in MD

    calling the troops, Dubya?? How about calling them all HOME?!!!

    November 27, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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