November 27th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
9 years ago

First White House Chrismukkah cards accidentally sent

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A card sent to Jewish leaders had a distinctly Yuletide flavor."]WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – Whoops! A picture of a Christmas tree is not the first thing you would expect to see on an invitation to an event celebrating Hanukkah, but that is exactly what recipients of invitations to this year's White House Hanukkah reception initially got in the mail.

The invitation sent to American Jewish leaders on behalf of the President and First Lady, requesting "the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception," bore an image of a Clydesdale horse-drawn cart, carrying the White House Christmas tree, with a Christmas wreath-adorned White House in the background.

Mrs. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, attributed the snafu to a "staff mistake" in not printing separate cards for the different White House holiday events, as has been the custom in years past. "Mrs. Bush is apologetic, It is just something that fell through the cracks," she said, referring to the role of the First Lady's office in sending out the invitations.

The card as originally intended featured a menorah given to the White House during Harry Truman's presidency. That mailing was to have gone out today, according to Mrs. McDonough.

McDonough added that the White House had received "dozens" of calls of support from members of the Jewish community to express their appreciation for what President and Mrs. Bush had done for them through the course of Mr. Bush's presidency.

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  1. earle,florida

    Ah yes,mixing politics, and religion a great recipe/time for Jeffersonian/Atheist Doctrine yuletide revival?

    November 27, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  2. Jon


    As an American, and a Republican not that it matters, currently in Mumbai, it's a little to early to be making jokes. You have bad tatse.

    November 27, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. Cam, Atlanta

    Why are you still expecting Bush to even CARE anymore??? Minor details or major details...he doesn't CARE anymore.

    He didn't care about Katrina, real WMD or the economy and you expect him to be sensitive to other beliefs on a holiday card?

    November 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Catherine

    Anyone who thinks that Christmas trees are Christian does not know their history or the Bible very well. Evergreen and its use in winter solstice celebrations is distinctly Pagan/Celtic. In fact the Bible declares that it is wrong to use evergreen during the winter for celebration. They are trees, not a manger or an angel, a cross or a baby Jesus with Mary. Those folks who are upset should consider that real issue here is the ignorance of our own people.

    November 27, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. Charlie

    Wow, do liberals even read? This was the office of the First Lady! President Bush had nothing to do with it! If this happens under the Obama administration, you would say "oh, it's no big deal" or "he's only human". Learn 2 read, morons! Leaders of the Jewish community have been GRATEFUL for what the Bush presidency has done for them!

    November 27, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. gypsyzingaro

    Don't you know? This is a Christian nation. Was it an accident? I mean really, is there such thing as accidents? Deep down, I think we all know. This brouhaha has been going on for, what, 2000 years. I mean, its either a Freudian slip or a Bushian turning of the screws. Either way, it shows a lack of awareness, that I, for one, have grown accustomed to. Are they idiots or jerks? Does it matter any more? And to the Jewish community, my deepest apologies. Lets just try to make it to 1.20.09 without getting anyone else mad, ok? Ok. Criminy.

    November 27, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Joyce Becker

    Let us say a very fond farewell to this most goof-up administration there has been in a very long time as we look towards a wise and thoughtful administration that will be taking its place.

    November 27, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Big Deal

    Is that a pic of the card? You can barely see the tree, its not yet a 'Christmas' tree but a simple pine being dragged in the corner. Its not the center or even prominant in the pic. Can't even see the wreath they mentioned. So what? Just looks like a winter sceen of the Whote House. The intended card does sound nice though

    November 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  9. MBFLA

    I only wish this was the worse thing to come from the Bush years...

    November 27, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  10. Tom in Delaware

    Catastrophe, calamity, crisis....doom.gloom, despair...enlarge every problem so that the only solution is "Off with his Head'.

    All you little Drama-Queens need to grow up.

    November 27, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. David

    The staff made a mistake – they apologized and corrected it.

    You've never made a mistake?

    Any possibility that they did 1,000 things right that day, and made this one mistake?

    November 27, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Ben

    Mark November 27th, 2008 10:14 am ET
    Yeah, blame the staff… where does the buck stop? I say it's the First Lady – shouldn't she be approving these cards?

    Ben replies: This is so minor, but is a reminder of what's been missing in WH for last 8 years – intelligient and focused

    BUT LISTEN UP, fellow Liberals......WE WON. So, we need to lighten up, for our own health and the health of the country, and just spend our spare time hoping and praying that somebody, somewhere, will have the guts to bring criminal charges against the idiots who have supported the bankruptcy of our country during the last 8 years, and see to it that they pay appropriately for their real crimes. Otherwise, let's pull together, and help our new leader in his overwhelming job of healing the many sores that have developed over the past 8 years. And, let's don't forget to be thankful for the good we still enjoy!!!

    November 27, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |

    The United States does not believe in Christ – US CONSTITUTION duh. As for religion I see no dead man on this card or pyramids showing slaves whipped. While this was probably an honest mistake if there is any honesty left in that "White" Evil House, it is important we come together and not divide. If you want to worship burnt offerings or dead people, it is not my business. I am more concerned " ALL of our BELIEFS" have been used in vain. Mexican treated like horses not citizens, the worst corporate theft in man's history, our world getting warmer by the year regardless if its oil or cows poop, healthcare, education, home values, jobs, respect around the world, and a tear for the world.

    Let us find a way to come together because I would rather love my neighbor than be in Nazi World. Look for the good and not the bad and let this next guy who seems to be able to say three words without screwing it up see if he can run the world better than the WWW orst president ever.....AFLACCCK

    I apologize now for any disrespect I may have presented.

    November 27, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. Brad

    It's the intent that really counts. While I am a fierce critic of George W. Bush's Presidency, there was no intent here to offend anyone and none was taken. With that said, this was sloppiness and it shouldn't have happened. Doesn't someone double-check these kinds of things?

    November 27, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. The Pecan State Pundit

    This kind of mistake happens all the time. Poor Bush cannot undo the disastrous mistakes of the past, but most of us voted for him at least once, probably twice, though most of us don't seem to remember it now.

    As a proud citizen of Texas, I voted against him four times. Twice for Texas Governor and twice for President. George Bush has the incredible ability to defeat opponents who were superb public servants and who were head and shoulders above him on every dimension of measurement. He defeated Ann Richards, who might have become America's first female president otherwise. He did not defeat Al Gore, but he somehow was inaugurated anyway.

    He is the luckiest man alive, with the possible exception of William Shatner.

    I am hopeful that the remainder of Bush's term will be a great success, as every American hopes for every President.

    November 27, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. b

    please, aren't we all aware that Bush is a oxymoron........

    November 27, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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