December 23rd, 2008
12:40 PM ET
14 years ago

President Bush releases Christmas statement

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bush released a Christmas message Tuesday."]

The White House released a Christmas statement from President Bush Tuesday. Full statement follows:


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release December 23, 2008

Christmas 2008

"'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'"

Luke 2:10-12

"Each year, Christmas brings together families, friends, and communities to rejoice in the birth of Jesus Christ and celebrate the wonderful gifts God has bestowed upon us. During this season, we remember Jesus' birth from the Virgin Mary, His justice and mercy that changed the world, and His ultimate sacrifice for all people. Though Jesus was born humbly in a manger, He was destined to be the Savior of the world. The light He brought into the world continues to break through darkness and change people's lives two thousand years later.

"This holiday season, as you rejoice in the good news of Jesus' love, forgiveness, acceptance, and peace, I encourage you to show grace to those less fortunate, just as God showed it to us. By serving those in need and through other acts of love and compassion, we can honor God's goodness and affirm the immeasurable value God places on the sanctity of life. We remember the members of our Armed Forces serving to protect our country and secure God's gift of freedom for others around the globe. All Americans are indebted to these men and women and their families for their sacrifice, devotion to duty, and patriotism.

"Laura and I send our best wishes for a very Merry Christmas. May you be surrounded by loved ones and blessed by the Author of Life during this joyous holiday and throughout the New Year."


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soundoff (103 Responses)
  1. SR


    December 23, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. J.P.

    Jim, you state, "No attempt at all is made to include Jews, Muslims, Hindus..." by the POTUS in his Christmas address.

    Uh.... why should it? It's Christmas for freaking Pete's sake. Do we mention Jews during Ramadan? Hindus during Kwanza? Branch Davidians during the Klingon holiday of QI'lop?

    Get over your pretentious, politically-correct "all-inclusive" self.

    December 23, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  3. AJ

    And my Christmas message is "'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people, BUSH IS ON HIS WAY OUT, hopefully never to be seen again." How's that for a Christmas present!!

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Jim December 23rd, 2008 2:46 pm ET

    Holy cow. This is a profoundly inappropriate endorsement of Christianity by a sitting president in his official capacity. No attempt at all is made to include Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or any other sects, much less the millions of Americans who profess no religion. However, one can hardly be surprised by this president's continued disregard (until the final day!) of the limitations on government power expressly contained in the Constitution.
    Lighten up. I don't think the Muslims and Bhuddists have a holiday near Christmas.

    Besides, you're guilty of that yourself. You started with "Holy Cow". Does that make you Hindu???

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Robert

    Jim – Christmas is about Christ. Its a Christian holiday. Just because others celebrate it does not mean its about them. Don't cry when on my birthday you don't get a present.

    Besides which, your use of "holy cow" would probably infuriate some of the Hindus whom you're trying to come to the rescue of =D

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |

    Thank you, Mr. President, for saying what's in your heart. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

    December 23, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. Houston calling ...

    @ HouseDiva: Apart from the conspiracy theories abound, I think you need to brush up on the Geography. Dubai in Pakistan? Go figure ...

    December 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. box of rocks

    Bleep,bleep and bleep.

    December 23, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. CNN = Jerry Springer of News

    This Christmas statement sounds more like a homily than a statement from a President. I went to Catholic school through college and have never heard the term "Author of Life."

    I don't think the President needs to speak in completely secular terms, but it would have been nice to mention some of the other holidays Americans of other religions are celebrating. This message reads as if it is only for Christians and members of the military.

    December 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. Greg, PA

    Where's the Chanukkah statement? Or are they just leaving it at the Christmas-themed Chanukkah cards they sent out in November?

    Is it January 20 yet?

    December 23, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. Salt

    casey December 23rd, 2008 2:46 pm ET
    I am very thankful and fortunate to live in a country that still holds this holiday as a Holy day. I will not let anyone tell me there is no God or that it is ok for people to walk around and plaster billboards that say it is ok to deny the most giving loving and FORGIVING Father any one has ever had. God will watch over us and keep us safe. We will prevail and all those who deny that I will be praying for you.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS. Thats right! CHRISTmas.


    Just food for thought: It's pretty hypocritical to say that you won't let anyone tell you there is no god and then proceed to shove your religion down the throats of the people that don't want to hear about it. I'm not denying or confirming the existence of any god in particular, but if you don't want to hear about some peoples' beliefs you should try keeping your bible thumping to yourself.

    It makes ME feel very thankful and fortunate that I get to live in a country where you are free to practice the religion of your choosing. It would just be nice if all of them were included in some way in the president's statement.

    Happy HOLIDAYS to all.

    December 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. NY republican

    WOW, I've finally seen it all – "Chuck" just blaimed George Bush for a hurricane!!! Way to go "Chuckie". And all he wanted to do was wish YOU a Merry Christmas!! So Merry Christmas Chuck!!! To everyone else, he's just saying "Merry Chrismas" people, How many of you are being "All Inclusive" when you express your "Christmas Season" greetings? Do you send people Kwanza cards, How about your pagan friends, no one has wished me a "Happy Yule" yet but I don't try to blame them for hurricanes!!!!!

    December 23, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Shari, NY

    "'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people" said the voice of an angel in the days of old. What a contrast! Too bad we are not getting such glad tidings from the outgoing administration.

    December 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. Susan

    Enough of you folks who condem Christmas. And enough with the bashing of the President for any and everything he does. Please note it is December 23rd – – It is the season and the President has every right to wish Americans a Merry Christmas. I cannot tell you how sick I am of all of you who take the joy out of every season. Get over it and have a joyous holiday – and dare I say.....Merry Christmas to all even the grinches who live the web.

    December 23, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Paul DObro

    At least it wasn't signed by Barney!

    For those who ahve not seen one of the most poorly acted, dumb, but not the dumbest thing to come out of the white house, check out Barney's WHite house Christmas 2008.

    December 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. SR

    ALEX- It goes with the territory. You just don't have a clue pal!!! Join us now or forever waller in you misery. HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS YOU AND ALL 🙂

    December 23, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  17. obama-mama

    It must be nice for the Bushes to enjoy their Christmas. I hope they are at least thinking about the folks who cannot afford to get their children or family presents even though that is not the true meaning of Christmas.....I do with those family health and strength to know they will make it through this downtime.....

    December 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  18. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    December 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |


    Can't wait until Januaruy 20th!

    Happy Holidays 2 All 😉

    December 23, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    When I saw the first sentence, "'I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." I thought maybe he and Cheney were resigning and taking the never-before-heard-of step to inaugurate the P.E. early. Darn.

    I am all for separation of church and state. In fact, I would never vote for someone like Huckabee because I don't believe he could serve the Constitution properly. However, Christmas IS for Christians. Sorry folks, it just is. Every other religion has their major holidays, this just happens to be ours. This is not a "holiday", it is Christmas – in all Christian nations and wherever there are Christians. I have never actually heard a non-Christian ask to work or attend school instead of taking Christmas break.

    December 23, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. RealityKing

    Lincoln was a great president because he freed 4 million people by turning a brutually oppressive government into a democracy for all. i.e.., Bush has 14 times the presidential accomplishments of Lincoln.

    Merry Christmas W..

    December 23, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Ivonne

    Merry Christmas – Mr. President !

    December 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  23. Keep it to yourself

    I'm offended that our President feels the need to force feed his religious views down the throat of the American public.

    While I can appreciate the message as a call to action to folks around this nation to help and serve those less fortunate, I find this letter/sermon to be divisive and ignorant toward people of other or no religious faith.

    Can't we care for all living creatures and the earth as a whole without invoking Christ or God?

    December 23, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  24. Virginia

    Thank you, Mr. Bush, for sharing your Christian beliefs, especially at this time of year. It is so refreshing to hear the name of our Savior spoken from a world leader without it being in vain. God bless you and your family at Christmas!

    December 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  25. Ivonne

    By reading some of these comments, you can tell there is soooo much holiday spirit in democrats.....

    December 23, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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