White House Thanksgiving Traditions: Broken and Observed

Nov 26, 2009 1:44pm

ABC's Yunji de Nies and Sara Just report: The White House is breaking with tradition today. What tradition is that, you might ask?  Is the First Family having meatloaf instead of turkey as the center piece of the Thanksgiving day meal? Perhaps. Because the tradition the White House is breaking is a media one. The press office says they will not be releasing the menu of what the family will be eating today, as White House press offices have done on Thanksgiving Day for as far back, as well, we can remember. For instance, last year we know the Bush family dined at Camp David on free range turkey, zucchini gratin, and pumpkin mousse trifle. And in 2007, the record shows that the Bush family Thanksgiving menu was nearly identical, with the addition of a jellied cranberry mold. So what will the Obamas be eating today? And will the American public be satisfied without such details? All the White House press office will say today is that the first family will be enjoying “traditional foods and family favorites.” UPDATE: The White House has now released the Thanksgiving day menu. You can read the delicious details HERE. But there is one more significant Thanksgiving Day tradition the White House is maintaining – and that is personal phone calls from the President to troops deployed overseas on this holiday. This morning President Obama called 10 U.S. service members to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and to let them know how much the First lady and he are thankful for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation. The President called two service members in each of the five military branches. The calls to the two Army soldiers were both deployed in Afghanistan.  The calls to Marines, Navy and Air Force troops were to one deployed in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. The calls to the Coast Guard went to one deployed in the Arabian Gulf and one in Iraq.

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