December 24th, 2008
11:55 AM ET
14 years ago

On the Twelfth Christmas Dinner at Camp David

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Bush and his family are spending their last Christmas at Camp David."] WASHINGTON (CNN) – This Christmas is the last at Camp David for President George Bush and his wife Laura. The president and his family will celebrate their twelfth Christmas at the presidential retreat - four when his father George H.W. Bush was president and eight during his own two terms as president.

President Bush’s entire family, including his father and mother, will sit down Thursday night to a Christmas eve dinner that will reflect Bush’s Texas roots. The menu features enchiladas, tamales, rice and beans, and guacamole.

(The first family's full, traditional Christmas day lunch menu after the jump.)

Roast Turkey and Cornbread Dressing

Green Beans

Sweet Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

Spinach Salad

Giblet Gravy

Cranberry Sauce


Pumpkin Pie

Pecan Pie

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soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. Angie

    they should have what MILLIONS OF other Americans are having (AFTER losing their jobs and homes) thanks to that loser and crzay cheney. NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. NY republican

    John – Thanks for the uplifting warm thought during this Holy Day (yes not just a holiday but a Holy Day) and Holy Season full of the Holiest of days of most of the world's religions!!!
    Merry Christmas, etc. to you and yours.

    December 24, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Linda in MS

    Wow! I hope they have lots of GasX on hand That's a lot of beans.
    Me, I'd rather have a big bowl of chicken-andouiile gumbo with some rice and as nice hot loaf of french bread on Christmas Eve. But anyway, "Joyeux Noel" to everyone from this Cajun in Mississippi. Love and peace to all.

    December 24, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Janet in Reno

    Yes, and let's make this the last time we have to hear about this family – ALL of them. We are very fortunate to be getting a new "family" in the White House on Jan. 20, 2009. I have been counting down the days the last 8 years. Goodbye Bushes. Go quietly away.

    December 24, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Vicki5

    Dear John in Ohio: Good One!

    Dear Welcome to Obama Show:
    Are you Mr. Bush? You sure sound like him. Much indigestion to you both this Happy Holiday.

    December 24, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. Jackie

    The Bush meu reflects his "roots"? I had thought he was born in New Haven, CT................My husband was Texan, with roots going back 8 gnerations on the same land - That is Texan

    December 24, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Antone

    This is going to be one of the best administration ever, consisting of the most interlectuals which will stablelise economy and potray America's good image back to where it was a decade ago.
    May God bless their work.

    December 24, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. shelby

    Maybe next year the Obamas can make the short trip to Camp David and not consume umpteen thousands of gallons of fuel in their chartered jet to Hawaii. He's the man who wants to turn off some of the lights at the White House, but thinks nothing of the expensive trip he's on. Yeah folks, he's just like you and me. And David Goldman, what do you think is more expensive- the Bush turkey dinner or the Obama family trip?

    December 24, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. ROSE

    Why not compare what Bush is having for Christmas dinner with what Obama is might also compare with what YOUR having.

    December 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Franky

    "Thank you President for keeping us safe since September 11, 2001."

    That's pretty funny. Is like saying thank you Mr President...until where it was one of the biggest attacks in our soil since Pearl Harbor. I guess we try too much, huh?

    Since is Christmas Eve, this is for a time of joy and wishes. Not just wishes for your family or friends but for our country as well. If in some battles during WW2 celebrated Christmas and the lord, nothing is more powerful than unity...might've been one day but that's how life is.

    Plus, let's get this party started!

    December 24, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. carrie1266

    ah to bad for his family
    they get to have a hugh meal with everything including gifts. while the rest of us stand in line out in the cold for a bag of beans. knock yourself out Bush glan., afterall you should get this last christmas to just think back on how and why you screwed the country, our families. maybe you should go enjoy christmas with obama so you can teach him more of your tricks for destroying america, he is off to a good start with his vacation in hawaii costing us 30 millon.

    December 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  12. bill

    the last eight years.have been nothing but hell.bush tooks to illeagel war.where was reporting of lie by cnn.BUSH AND NATIONAL MEDIA HAVE DONE MORE HARM TO OUR GREAT COUNTRY.THAN BIN LADEN COULD EVER DO.

    December 24, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  13. Patty in the CA mountains

    Thank You God for bringing an end to the debacle known as "W"

    December 24, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. NY republican

    David – Obama is on vacation in Hawaii playing golf at an exclusive country club/hotel. I wouldn't be throwing this stone at Bush if I were you.

    December 24, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Scott NYC Independent

    If it was his last supper on the taxpayers dollar then this would be news but we still have another 18 days to cross our fingers and hope his "executive orders" don't knock the crutches from under our already crippled economy.

    December 24, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  16. richard

    Don't worry, its only democrats who are on the "BRINK OF
    ECONOMIC DISASTER". They just can't seem to make it without taking money from other people. The last 8 years have been great for me. Merry Christmas

    December 24, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Stacy from Leesburg VA

    Wow “Welcome to the Obama Show!!!!!!”, you are a jolly sort on this Christmas Eve. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see a lot of lazy people. I see a lot of people out of work that cannot find a job right now. I have family members in the construction field that would love a job, you providing one? Also, you are talking about a small minority of people “not wanting to work” and projecting it as a majority of cases out there when that is the clearly not the case. Insurance companies get sued because they don’t provide promised benefits and if a doctor royally messed up on your surgery, you are not going to sue them? Really? It has been the GOP that has provided tax breaks to companies to go overseas and kill American jobs under the watch of Bush and other GOP administrations. As far as your xenophobic response, that does not warrant any sort of merit. In total, your comments are wholly uneducated and misanthropic. Merry Christmas.

    December 24, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  18. The Truth Is!!!

    America loses. December 24th, 2008 12:26 pm ET
    Thank you President for keeping us safe since September 11, 2001.
    To America loses .......Plz advise how in the H_LL has Bush kept us safe I hear this all the time from Idiots like You --Make no mistake when those idiots get ready to strike again they will......they have being making plans since 9-11-01 and besides Bush put the americans soldiers in harms way ......How many solders died for Bush's Unjust War ?

    December 24, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Phil in KC

    The Christmas Day menu sounds about right. (Being from Iowa, I would substitute corn for the green beans.) But he can keep his Christmas Eve menu. I wouldn't eat any of those things.

    December 24, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. Gallimimus

    Good riddance, Mr. Bush. The US will be so much better off without you.

    The Obama show. Stop being so hateful it's Christmas.

    December 24, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Art

    Take away the Cranberry Sauce it sounds like our Christmas menu. Neither of us are into Cranberry Sauce, but got some standing by and will be glad to serve it if a guest wishes. Anyway, to the point. Well, I guess that was the point.

    Merry Christmas everybody...

    Oh yeah, almost forgot. If the cranberry sauce is not used it will be donated.

    December 24, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. tfc

    "America loses" , what has America gained under Bush except the enmity of the rest of the world?

    December 24, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |

    Now the tax payers are having to feed the whole bush family. notice how the rich and privleged never spend their own money.

    December 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  24. Corey Gabriel

    Good Riddence finally. Instead of a nice retirement with taxpayer funded pensions, Bush, Cheney, Albertooooo, Rumsfield, and all of their lackeys should be going to jail for: violating their oaths of office, shredding the Constitution and failing to obey the laws, telling whopper lies to the public, cooking the books on intelligence, and their war crimes. Not only that, but not prison worthy, is their total ineptitude in running the government....their responses to terrorism, Katrina, the economic meltdown, etc. were monumental disasters. So, good-bye, farewell, it wasn't good to know you.....GOOD RIDDENCE!

    December 24, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. ANGIE

    He doesnt deserve to celebrate christmas HE SHOULD BE IN JAIL! LOCKED UP FOR HIS CRIMES!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS

    December 24, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
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