Why not make it a pig roast, too?

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) – Whoops! A picture of a Christmas tree is not the first thing you would expect to see on an invitation to an event celebrating Hanukkah, but that is exactly what recipients of invitations to this year’s White House Hanukkah reception initially got in the mail.

Original DVD cover.

The invitation sent to American Jewish leaders on behalf of the President and First Lady, requesting “the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception,” bore an image of a Clydesdale horse-drawn cart, carrying the White House Christmas tree, with a Christmas wreath-adorned White House in the background.

Mrs. Bush’s press secretary, Sally McDonough, attributed the snafu to a “staff mistake” in not printing separate cards for the different White House holiday events, as has been the custom in years past.

Staff mistake? I think that Pickles took a few lessons from Cindy Lou McCain!

“Mrs. Bush is apologetic, It is just something that fell through the cracks,” she said, referring to the role of the First Lady’s office in sending out the invitations.

Just fell through the cracks? Who is in charge of these things? The answer is the Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary, Amy Swartz Zantzinger. From Cox Washington (January 30, 2007):

The new social secretary most recently ran an interior design business. Prior to that, from 1994-1998, she was with Barbara Scavullo Design in San Francisco. And prior to that she was the protocal officer in the San Francisco mayor’s office.

Like lots of folks who sign on with the current Bush White House, she is a veteran of the previous Bush White House. From 1988-1992 she worked in the White House Visitors Office, where her chores includes planning holiday activities and visits from foreign heads of state. She worked in the 1992 Bush-Quayle re-election campaign and was an executive assistant to the elder Bush during the 1988-89 transition.

From Wiki:

The White House Social Secretary is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States.

The Social Secretary is head of the White House Social Office, located in the East Wing of the White House Complex. The Social Secretary plans events ranging from those as simple as a tea for the First Lady and a single official guest, to dinners for more than 200 guests. The Social Secretary works with the White House Chief Usher to coordinate domestic staff and with the Chief of Protocol of the United States, an official within the United States Department of State, to plan state visits and accompanying state dinners. The Social Secretary works with the White House Graphics and Calligraphy Office in the production of invitations to social events.

The Social Secretary works on both the non-political functions of the presidency and the political, coordinating events for the President, the First Lady, and senior political staff. The White House Social Secretary serves at the president’s pleasure and is appointed by each administration.

According to the Washington Post, her salary is $113,000 annually. Pickles also has a Chief of Staff, Anita B. McBride, who rakes in $172,2000. Those posts have deputies and assistants and various assistants to assistants. There’s someone to handle her correspondence and someone else to handle her schedule, and they have deputies, too. Out of all those people (not to mention those at the Printing Office and the aforementioned Graphics and Calligraphy Office), nobody realized that you don’t send a Hanukkah invitation with a friggin’ Christmas tree on the front? Next time, go to fu¢king Hallmark!!

Tip of the hat to the handsome and talented (oy, he even bakes!) Distributorcap for making me aware of this story.


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24 responses to “Why not make it a pig roast, too?

  1. you keep outdoing yourself

    and with all the facts………..

    and thanks!

  2. no, thank you, dcAp! 😉
    i wouldn’t not have learned about the story if i hadn’t read it over at your place. it stuck in my craw all day, and i simply had to do something to get it out of my system. it really pissed me off. 😡

  3. The blueblood inbreeds couldn’t buy a clue with all their gobbillions.

    But oh what you do with the material they hand you!

  4. dcup,
    they can’t buy a clue, because they don’t think things like this are worth spending money on. you can bet that any correspondence that goes out to the fundie base is gone over with a fine-toothed comb and a microscope. what pisses me off more than the disrespect of the white house are the jews who are making excuses for this bull$hit. so sorry, mr. preznit, that our being jewish has made your life so inconvenient!

  5. jlms qkw - jenn

    i think w doesn’t care. as in, care enough to have it done right.

    maybe w should have lunch with pres/prophet monson of the lds church and they could talk about teh jews.

  6. jlms qkw - jenn

    even my kids know, the jewish community center doesn’t do halloween or valentine’s day.

  7. jenn,
    maybe chimpy can help prophet monson with the baptism of the holocaust victims!

    everyone i know who is jewish (myself included) has no problem with valentine’s day or halloween. christmas is a different story. it’s a religious holiday, despite how commercialized it has become. w is just waiting out the clock now. he never has to run for election again, so he doesn’t really give a crap about anything other than screwing things up for the next prez.

  8. that’s okay, neon vincent. sit down, and we’ll pass you a pork chop! 😉

  9. nightowl724

    Annual salaries of all the social, protocol, and diplomacy “experts” serving W: $500K?

    Cost of greeting card design, production, and distribution, including personnel: $50K?

    Putting a Christmas tree on a Hanukkah card: CLUELESS!

    nonnie’s take on the snafu: PRICELESS!

  10. jeb

    Hmmm, maybe they can send the Jewish community something as an apology… I don’t know, maybe a nice pork roast?

  11. hey kids! anyone miss me? (anyone notice i was gone?)
    we had a helluva storm here, and it made the electrical system here go all cuckoo. while everything else worked (save one outlet), the cable tv and internets did not. those finally decided to start working again a little while ago. of course, everything went kerplooie just 10 minutes before i usually put up a new post. therefore, i decided to wait to post the latest until tomorrow night at regular posting time (if things are still working as they should).

  12. nightowl,
    if we have to put up with chimpy for the next 50 days, then the least he can do is provide us with some comedy.

  13. jeb,
    as one of the ‘chosen people’, i really hope that chimpy chooses someone else to do favors for. really, we don’t want any!

  14. nightowl724

    Of course we missed you! I, for one, was particularly bothered. The white coats at the funny farm where I reside insist on structure in my life to keep me calm. I told them it was your fault when I was found in a fetal position trembling and chanting, “nonnie, nonnie, nonnie.” :mrgreen:

  15. This faux pas sticks in my craw, too.
    One more reason to be glad Bush is almost out the door.

  16. Another good one!

    I was in a… gulp… Book store and found this for you, it was very funny. Here is the site that has some samples in the book, seemed like could be a stocking stuffer for you!



  17. awww, nightowl, that was very sweet…..in a somewhat disturbing way. 😯

  18. nightowl724

    It feels good to be needed, doesn’t it? But, not to worry… I haven’t stalked anyone in months!

  19. karen,
    i don’t know if we can count high enough to figure out how many reasons we are happy that chimpy is leaving.

  20. sandy!!! 😀
    long time, no see! do not fear the bookstore. it will not harm you! that book looks funny. i usually go to borders for books for my little kid neighbors when there are presents to be bought, so i will see if i can find that book while i am there.

  21. Did I mention the amuse bouche at the Hannukah party will be shrimp wrapped in cheese and deep fried in bacon fat?

  22. karen,
    with a glass of milk on the side, right? 😉