December 3rd, 2008
12:23 PM ET
14 years ago

Barack Obama trimmings on President Bush’s Christmas tree


Watch Laura Bush show off the White House Christmas tree.

(CNN) – It’s a red, white, and blue Christmas this year in the White House.

First lady Laura Bush showed off the executive mansion’s Christmas tree and its patriotic trimmings Wednesday on CNN’s American Morning. Among the decorations: an ornament featuring President-elect Barack Obama.

In a CNN interview with Kiran Chetry, the first lady discussed how the Bush family is welcoming the Obama women as they transition to Washington. Laura met with Michelle Obama in November to discuss the challenges of bringing up a family in the White House, but declined to give the future first lady specific advice on adjusting to live in the country’s most famous home.
“I didn’t really try to give her any advice, but I did say that this can be a wonderful home for a family and that she can make it that way and she doesn’t need to worry about it, that everybody who works here will want it to be perfect for them. They’ll want it to be a wonderful home and that’s the way it’ll turn out, I know,” said Bush.

When asked about the role of the first lady, Bush responded, “All of our first ladies have brought their own expertise, their own interests to the White House, and our country has benefited because of that and I’m sure that’s what she’ll do as well.”
The first lady also opened up about her service to the plight of women in Burma and how she plans to continue her work after her husband’s administration.
“The President’s going to build a freedom institute with his presidential library and so it will be a really good vehicle for me as well to continue to talk about Burma, to meet with dissidents from Burma like the young Buddhist monk that I had the chance to meet with when we were in New York earlier this fall. So that will be a really good vehicle for me to be able to work both with women of Afghanistan, as well to make sure that the freedoms that they’ve won so far will continue. I know that everyone, as they look around the world at Afghanistan sends the women there their very best and we want them to be able to succeed.”

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    Will say that the First Lady does seem like a decent person, unlike her husband.

    December 3, 2008 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  2. Cammi317

    I am EXTREMELY happy to see W leave office, but I have to say that he and Laura have made some really nice gestures towards the Obama's over the last few weeks. With his low approval ratings he could have acted a complete jerk, but he has not. I appreciate the effort at the end. Too bad it was not as evident during the bulk of his administration.

    December 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |

    How exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 3, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. DC, Swanton, OH

    I think Bush is a decent person, just a President at a bad time.

    December 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Mari

    Laura Bush has been a gracious First Lady, and she deserves our respect. Its got to be tough being married to W.!

    December 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  6. cherrystrawberry

    That was very nice of Ms. Bush.

    December 3, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. Dave, Central Illinois

    The Bush's have showed much more grace than any Obamite that has posted their rants on these bloggs.

    December 3, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  8. Andrea

    Mrs. Bush gives off such a different vibe than her husband :: Kind, giving, intelligent... Decent. (As another person here said.)

    It makes me sad that she'll be forever connected to her husband - she diserves so much better than this!

    Hopefully she's content with her lot...

    December 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Tom in Delaware

    Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 3, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. boered1

    I wonder how an apparently knowledgeable, intelligent, gentil woman like laura Bush ended up with an idiot like her husband.. I guess it is true she felt she could make him better, and she has at least he has stopped drinking and doing cocaine so she has made some improvements in her idiot husband anymore would be expecting a miracle and not being a member of the radical religious right (like both Laura and her idiot husband) I am not inclined to believe in miracles

    what does the idiot bush know about freedom other than how to take them away that is

    December 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  11. Larry

    The Bush's are good people,they have been in office during a period of vary trying times,they inherited a lot of problem going in,just like Obama is now.I hope everybody chills out,at least the rest of this month.

    December 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Texas Teacher

    Laura Bush is a bit more diplomatic than her husband. But I have to say that I really don't have a lot of respect for a woman (or women in general) who married a man like George Bush and stay with him through all these years. I suspect she has a bit of ambition as well.... she is just satisfied to work in the background. A type of Southern Belle behavior I recognize well from living in this state for 30 years. 🙂 She has been gracious.

    December 3, 2008 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Sweetie

    Although I understand they plan on staying in Dallas and their Ranch, Austin will enjoy seeing Laura Bush whenever she comes to town.

    Thank you for your incredible Grace....

    It will be missed!

    December 3, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |




    December 3, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. chuck

    I could really see why the Bushes are so nice to the Obamas' .Recently laura Bush has been very Talkative.Could this be she's just trying to be nice to President Elect so he can forgive and spare her husband from the Hague?

    December 3, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. Tulsa

    Dave, Central Illinois December 3rd, 2008 12:47 pm ET
    The Bush's have showed much more grace than any Obamite that has posted their rants on these bloggs.
    Awww Dave, Seems you're the only one posting on here that still doesn't have the Christmas spirit.
    Mrs. Bush and the Obamas should be an example of civility for us all. Including you.
    You could use a little touch up on your typing skills and grammar too, ol' buddy.

    December 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Ernie

    The Obama's do not want a Christmas tree in the WH. They don't celebrate Christmas. What church do they go to?

    December 3, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. ch

    Laura Bush has had zero impact as First Lady – the exact opposite of a trailblazer like Hillary.

    Can you imagine her running for a US senate seat? Or as Sec. of State?

    She is the 1950s model of a first lady and while maybe a nice person she is dull, boring and does not appear to be much smarter than her husband.

    December 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Jaye

    I adore Laura Bush. She is the only good thing to come from the Bush Administration.
    BTW – she publically said (a couple years ago) that she dosen't think Roe vs Wade should be overturned.

    December 3, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  20. Sue in MI

    And Dave in Illinois: I have yet to read one comment from you that is positive about obviously dislike anyone who doesn't believe whatever it is you believe, and bought into the whole Bush mantra of "Agree with me or you hate America." That's garbage, and because we ARE Americans, we not only have the right to disagree with our leaders, we have the responsibility to hold them accountable when they break laws, which Bush has done repeatedly in his life. So you can put Bush up there on the "he kept us safe" pedestal if you choose, but I choose to see the man for what he is and what he has done to this country, and that is trash it. I cannot respect that, nor will I forgive him for ignoring the summer 2001 warnings about terrorists in flight schools; lying us into war, and ruining our economy in Iraq.
    To quote your "rising star" "It isn't mean-spirited to ask questions."

    December 3, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  21. Milhouse van Houten

    Unfortunately,now without the white house staff to aid her,this gracious lady will have to go back to reading bedtime stories to Shrub
    all by herself.

    December 3, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  22. American

    The Bushes stole my theme! 🙂 I've had my tree up since November 5th, and it's entitled "American Splendor" instead of "Red, White and Blue".

    December 3, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  23. Doug, New Jersey

    Thank you Laura Bush for being just a great representative of the good red parts of America that are filled with warm, friendly, kind and caring individuals who love this nation.

    It will be sad to now have a militant, hateful, angry, first lady who has a deep seeded racism against those who look different than her, it sure sets the dream back big time.

    December 3, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  24. Steph

    She seems like a decent person. I bet she is very happy to be leaving Washington. She never seems completely comfortable there.

    December 3, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown

    God bless her for putting up with that moron for so many years!!!!!

    December 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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