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. Dan in Philly

    I love laughing at all the Obama haters spewing their gargage before the man even has a chance to govern. Losers.

    December 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. Mike O'Brien

    President George W. Bush.., please get the U-Haul truck to the back door of the White House and drive as fast as you can to Dallas, Houston or Crawford, Texas.., or where ever you want to live. Have a great life.., but, leave us along. Mike in Montana

    December 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Rob

    Amazing how the kook libs on this site still find a way to bash Bush. Instead of visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads, these goofs have visions of the phony illusion that is global warming (yep, -1 in Chicago yesterday, a sure sign of global warming). They blame Bush for the recession, yet it was the DEMOCRATS in Congress who let Fannie and Freddie do their damages freely. They say Bush is an evil criminal, yet there has not been one attack on US soil since 9/11. Of course the biggest sin in the eyes of these freaks may be that he actually acknowledged our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (no, not Barrack Obama).

    You live in a world of delusion and illusion. You pump up someone as a Messiah who will be anything but. In time, you and your clueless ideas will be irrelevant, THEN America can recover its greatness.

    December 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. chad

    "We remeber the members of the Armed Forces serving to protect our country". Is he serious? We did not need protection from Iraq. Who is he remembering – the dead, maimed or still fighting members of his pre-empted war?

    December 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Virginia

    Hey Slash, on what million people did Bush get his hands stained with blood? I hadn't heard about that one, only that the Dems keep saying he has killed over 4,000 in the wars. Give me a break--military forces know that they will have to go to war, so they know they could die. I wish for all of our military men and women to be safe and come home to their families. But a million people, I think not!

    December 23, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. oddmaninblue

    First and foremost it is Merry Christmas. If you want to say Happy Holidays need to look at where Christmas came from. So say Merry Christmas like our President, because like him or not, he is still the President. Quit trying to be so politically correct. It makes me sick

    December 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. virginia for obama


    December 23, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Steve

    Hey Chuck,
    Learn how to spell moron you moron.

    December 23, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Merry Christmas Mr. Bush and to all GOODBYE.

    December 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. LIP

    Does anyone seriously believe that this congress and this president will work together finally? George Bush also had delusions of grandeur when he took the oath of office. He honestly thought he could work across the isle, until the Democrats said they would filibuster to death any and all of his proposals from judge selections to policy and they did. Even Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, decisive little p-k that he is said the same. So, for 8 years we had a congress dominated by Democratrs with the lowest rating ever, chastise our President. Revenge is sweet they say and I'm guessing that the Republicans are sitting on their collective hands waiting for the moment.

    December 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    the moron still doesn't understand... WE ARE NOT A CHRISTIAN NATION..... so SHOVE IT and SHUT UP....

    December 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. Jim, Maine

    Hey CHUCK, I couldn't help but laugh at the fact that every time you called the President a moron you spelled it incorrectly. There is no "A" in moron. As for the economy, do your homework and you will find the democrats caused the failure in the banking industry. Why is it that when gasoline was over $4.00 per gallon it was President Bush's fault, yet now when it is under $2.00 per gallon there is no mention of it. The sad part is that over Obama's term many of Bush's policies and changes will begin to have an effect and Obama will get the Glory. Of course, that is only if America is not obliterated under the cowardly democrats. But still, Merry Christmas and God Bless.

    December 23, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. whiskey2010

    Well, even Jesus would find room at the table for W, among the other marginalized.

    December 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  14. Linda

    I was very happy to see that Bush's faith is intact and is no doubt much deeper from having plowed through this difficult presidency. I respect his speaking out on what Christmas really is about. It is rare indeed. Though I have certainly not been a strong supporter of Bush, I have to say his speaking up for Christ at this time of year, especially, is much appreciated.

    December 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Greg- Ft Wayne IN

    The good news and great joy begin January 20th!!

    December 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. Jared

    Merry Christmas President Bush!!! To all you leftist, commie, media consumers who based your votes on popularity, false accusations, and can't research the facts and make up your own minds....BAH HUMBUG! And good luck with the next four years. General Petraeus will come to the rescue in 2012.

    December 23, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. Lauren the Designer

    J.P. December 23rd, 2008 3:11 pm ET
    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.


    Actually it's not Christmas YET...but it IS Hanukkah.

    December 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Kim

    Bush is almost done.

    Best. Christmas. Gift. Ever.

    December 23, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. sam

    Did Mr Gorge Bush APOLOGISE to Unites State about misleading us to sensless war ? I do not remember. If he didn't then he must as well do so before he leave.

    December 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. Vicki5

    I could have sworn he said, "God's gift of oil".

    December 23, 2008 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    To Brian from Fort Mill, SC: I hope that you are not indicating that the Constitutional limits on a President's power prohibit him from expressing his belief that Christmas is holy, that it signifies the birth of the savior of many of us, Jesus Christ. The Constitution merely prevents the government from imposing laws regarding official religions. It does NOT prohibit a President from having Christian beliefs and wishing other believers a Merry Christmas.

    I cannot stand George Bush, but I have to support the reason for the season as a Christian. I will not force my particular religious beliefs on anyone, however, I am also FREE, through the Constitution, to celebrate and express my love for Christ through the tradition of Christmas.

    In addition, I would never force an atheist or Jew or Muslim, or Hindu, etc. to take off from school or work for Christmas break. If you don't want to celebrate the holiday, that is fine.

    December 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Christie

    In that case, Mr. President, I wish you a joyous Hannakah and hope you enjoyed the Winter Solstice. We did and we're AMericans, too.

    December 23, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  23. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    We would all be having a much better Christmas if Bush had just done his job these last 8 years. Thanks for screwing up our country Bush, and have a nice life.

    December 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Lou in Indian Springs, Al.

    Bush, just go away !!!

    December 23, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. JP

    Its amazing how just a simple statement in the spirit of goodwill pisses off liberals. Keep your political correctness to yourselves please.

    December 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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