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. Amy

    What is your definition of "a decent person" and how is George Bush not decent?

    December 3, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Michelle Obama impresses as the pants wearer, the keeper of the home fires and is the linch-pin of the family, while her husband went out and furthered his lofty ambitions. This sounds like a pretty sterotypical family. At least they will be under one roof. Obama seems more about photo opts with his family then the glue that keeps it running.

    December 3, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  3. John Ashley

    Folks, at least President George Bush has kept you safe for the last 7 years you should at least consider this in your time of bashing him. Lets see if Obama can do the same.

    December 3, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. MLH

    What a graceful comment. In keeping with the graciousness the Bush family has shown the Obamas.

    December 3, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. RealityKing

    And a great big Merry Christmas to those 57 million free Iraqis and Afganis again this year..

    December 3, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  6. Raymond

    Everybody loves Laura.

    December 3, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  7. Pierre

    While they clearly differ in ideology, I think the tough decisions that Obama is going to have to make during his administration will go to show that Bush isn't nearly the moron that a lot of people make him out to be. The same critics will have a lot to say about Obama in the end as well.

    December 3, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. EW

    I can't believe the hateful comments after a very positive story.


    I wish everyone would put aside their hate at this time of year but, alas, it is not to be.

    December 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  9. Dee

    Laura Bush has always seemed like a sweet woman.

    December 3, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  10. Pepou

    I know for a fact that she voted for Obama.

    December 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. proudliberal

    i think she voted for barack.

    December 3, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. PDX Gal

    I like that FL Bush never seems to have an unkind word to say. I love that about her.
    I hate that she never seems to have anything of *substance* to say. Feels like she's the First Stepford Lady. Vacant as a rich woman's ginger bread recipe.
    I liked Nancy better. Michelle is going to make a lovely and smart first lady.

    December 3, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  13. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    isn't it time for all the Bushes to crawl back under their rocks?

    December 3, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. Meh

    The Bush's are good people? That's funny. Have you been paying attention the last 8 years?

    December 3, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Laverne

    I can't wait to see Christmas at the White House with the Obama's. It will be sooo nice to see children in the White House again.

    December 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. Sari

    Laura Bush is the most gracious and elegant first lady in modern times. A role model for women everywhere. I also have great hopes for Michelle Obama who will be outstanding.

    December 3, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Reality

    She should hang some yellowcake uranium from the tree. The same stuff Saddam was using to build nukes. You know, as a gentle reminder that the intelligence GWBush AND THE DEMOCRAT CONTROLLED CONGRESS relied on when going to war in Iraq was 100% correct. Of course, such subtlety would fly beyond the grasp of America's bought-and-paid-for media.

    December 3, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. CNN = Jerry Springer of News

    A very nice message from the First Lady during this difficult holiday season. Although I disagree with President Bush on nearly every issue and am sorely disappointed with the state of the country, I must give both the Bushes props: President Bush is doing all he can to ease the transition for President-Elect Obama and Laura Bush has been very welcoming of the incoming First Family. I wish them all the best during this transition as all of our futures depend on the upcoming administration, no matter what political leanings we have. God bless the United States of America.

    December 3, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. Latina for Obama

    I like Laura,she is a lady.

    Merry Christmas Mrs Bush.

    December 3, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Nelson Colorado Springs Co

    I hope President Obama put the Merry back Christmas, Happy holiday is not the same as Merry Christmas

    December 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. donna

    I'd like to see any person run for president and please all the people. Face it the president isn't really the lawmaker, that would be Congress. Though you may not approve of some of the things Bush did while in office, he deserves respect for doing what he felt was right. His administration was faced with many difficult circumstances with the 9/11 attacks, and so many others. He could be bitter that his approval ratings have slipped and been bitter towards president elect Obama, but he has been very gracious. All of you who want to complain just remember never judge one until you have walked a mile in their shoes....your criticisms would be much less or desist totally.

    December 3, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  22. Roofin Reality, Houston, Tx.

    A sweet woman like Laura could easily get "caught up" with a roughneck like W is portrayed in his early years – alcohol, cocain, womanizing, etc.

    I hope that Michelle starts a tradition of inviting Laura back to the White House for a luncheon/Tea whatever to show some solidarity of the past and into the future.

    December 3, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Barb

    All along I have thought Laura Bush to be intelligent, kind, gracious, and modest. Basically the opposite of her husband.
    It's a head-scratcher, why is she with him???

    December 3, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. Bryan in Indiana

    Look, you can't just say "oops, sorry" on your way out the door after 8 years of blundering and expect people to forgive and forget. Yes, Bush had many tough challenges to face, but so does every president. Hard times should make a humble and wise man into a better president. They didn't with W because he's neither humble nor wise. He surrounded himself by the wrong people and stood fast in the wrong decisions.

    At his core, he probably is an okay guy but he's still incompetent. He's messed up nearly every venture he's ever run. Face it...we elected a C-student and we got a huge mess as a result.

    To say that he is judged too harshly because of the times is a cop-out. He mishandled one crisis after another and then acted as though anyone who criticized him wasn't one of those "real" Amercians Sarah Palin told us about.

    Having said that, I do think that the Bushs have been very gracious to the Obamas and deserve credit for that. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the things that makes America unique and I'm glad that he (seems to) at least understand that.

    December 3, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Laura always appears to me to be just about two steps away from "spaced out". Why on earth she would have married her nitwit husband GW is beyond me. Maybe it was the Bush money??? I think she could have done better.
    And despite the fact that she might be a "nice lady", she has been an absolutely "do nothing" First Lady. She comes across as sort of a 'walk ten steps behind your man & don't ever speak' sort of thing.

    December 3, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
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