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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soundoff (418 Responses)
  1. Jewish/Interfaith

    Can we please realize that mistakes happen, and if someone is upset about getting a "Christmas" card inviting them to a Hanukkah party, then they have bigger issues to deal with.
    A simple "Happy Holidays" card in blue with a dove for peace or something along those lines would suffice for everyone, and there wouldn't need to be discussion.
    This isn't news.

    November 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. KJL

    It's a beautiful card, and I'm sure no slight was intended. The members of the Jewish community are highly respected in the USA, so I doubt they will look for some kind of insult or conspiracy.

    November 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Doug from Allentown November 26th, 2008 2:43 pm ET

    Wow… If we are going to be that critical of our President, who in their right mind would want the job.

    I hope all of you Obama-bots are taking note because you are going to hear it ALL every time their administration does something like this.

    Doug........only an administration as inept as the current one does stuff like this.

    If Obama's administration does stuff like this, then they SHOULD 'hear it'.

    Can't wait 'til these knuckleheads are out!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Shari, NY

    To Err Is Human, To Forgive Divine".

    To Reality: The reality is that the Obamas christened their child "Barack" not Messiah (I checked his bio for accuracy). I forgive you for that error and by the way, who exactly are "you people?"

    November 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. Joe in Dallas

    Not bad as Bush screwups go. Nobody died.

    November 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  6. marie

    omg everyone. its a freakin card. calm down and quit being so negative. everyones sick of hearing you whine

    November 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Danielle

    Oh, please. I am sure no one cares about this. Anyone who is "offended" about a holiday card needs to get a life.

    November 26, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Dan

    Happy Hanakkuh and Merry Christmas. Let's all go drink our gin and tonica-s.

    November 26, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. annec

    Lighten up people, I think it's hysterical.

    November 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Kevin

    The point: poor management.

    November 26, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Susan Fuller

    Just filler...inept President, inept would think someone would confirm.

    November 26, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. Janet - Missouri

    Sounds typical for the Bushes and their staff. Just doesn't have a clue.

    November 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. No Hillary = No Obama

    Right till the end, a Presidency of bloopers.

    November 26, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Andrea

    Penny in IL: To blanket an entire political party in your statement is
    foolish and reckless. By the way, your all-too-obvious lack of grammatical aptitude in the phrase "democrat's is", should have read, "Democrats are".

    November 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. malclave

    And when Michelle Obama cancel;s everything but Kwanzaa, you libs will just stay silent...

    Wow, you libs are such morons.

    Hey, CNN, when are you going to start reporting on Obama's background?

    November 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Alexis

    First, Happy holidays to everyone
    Secondly, this is just an oops moment... let's not act like we all do everything right. Gosh, we are just trying to find a way to criticize Bush (and it wasn't even him, it was Laura). I forgot, everybody but the President (whoever is in office at that time) is able to make mistakes! Must be nice being perfect.

    November 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Keith in CA

    I can't wait for the Bush nightmare to be over, but is this really news worthy?

    November 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Teresa

    This is why we are where we are...the "wrong" Christmas card has become an issue! this should have never made the news! Who cares, we're a sinking ship! Priorities PLEASE!!!!!!!!

    November 26, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Dan

    Sheesh people, and CNN, get over it. I don't like Bush and I have Jewish friends. But I don't blame him for this and don't expect Jews to get their gatkes in an uproar.

    November 26, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  20. Sarah Palin, AK

    This is a Christian country founded on Christian principals, so the White House should NOT even be sending out cards celebrating anything other than Christmas! Its Christmas! Not hannuka!

    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  21. MARY


    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. MK, Miramar

    Guys, it not Christmas Tree. It's Holiday Tree

    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. New Yorker

    Yeah, Susan Jacobs, it was sad that Bush liberated the Iraqi people, sad he has sent millions of dollars to help aids victims, sad that he protected your butt from terrorism for the past 8 years, sad that he had the courage to defend the right of life for the unborn, sad that he's a man of integrity who gave up drinking years ago and got on the right track but still ignorant people call him a drunkard. Sad? What is really sad is the ingratitude that has been extended to him by people(?) like you.

    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. Lauren the Designer

    Oh well. Pales in comparison to the other much larger mistake she made...marrying that moron.

    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Over taxed, over worked

    Is Obama going to show the birth certificate or not?

    November 26, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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