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A Thanksgiving Letter and a State Dinner

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Being completely inspired by my friend Anna’s post, below is a portion of the Thanksgiving letter the President sent to Americans on his email listserv yesterday.

Only half of the letter is posted.  You can read the rest at Anna’s blog.


Tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day, Americans across the country will sit down together, count our blessings, and give thanks for our families and our loved ones.

American families reflect the diversity of this great nation. No two are exactly alike, but there is a common thread they each share.

Our families are bound together through times of joy and times of grief. They shape us, support us, instill the values that guide us as individuals, and make possible all that we achieve.

So tomorrow, I’ll be giving thanks for my family — for all the wisdom, support, and love they have brought into my life.

But tomorrow is also a day to remember those who cannot sit down to break bread with those they love.

The soldier overseas holding down a lonely post and missing his kids. The sailor who left her home to serve a higher calling. The folks who must spend tomorrow apart from their families to work a second job, so they can keep food on the table or send a child to school.

In other, less touching news, the Secret Service apparently dropped the ball and let two hooligans purportedly filming (or auditioning, it’s unclear at this point)  for Bravo’s Real Housewives of Washington D.C.  into the White House’s first State Dinner. 

This is absurd.  But really who could blame these party crashers?  The event was supposedly the most coveted ticket in D.C. since the inauguration.  The President of India is a vegetarian so the menu reflected his preferences. 

The State Dinner Menu

Potato and Eggplant Salad
White House Arugula with Onion Seed Vinaigrette
2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa, California

Red Lentil Soup with Fresh Cheese
2006 Riesling, Brooks “Ara,” Willamette Valley, Oregon

Roasted Potato Dumplings
with Tomato Chutney
Chickpeas and Okra


Green Curry Prawns
Caramelized Salsify
with smoked Collard Greens
and Coconut Aged Basmati
2007 Grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, CA

Pumpkin Pie Tart
Pear Tatin
Whipped Cream and Caramel Sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia

Petis Fours and Coffee
Cashew Brittle
Pecan Pralines
Passion Fruit and Vanilla Glaces
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit


Written by doorr

November 26, 2009 at 12:58 pm

Posted in Mr. President

One Response

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  1. It makes me proud of “The Black Race”.
    God bless you all.



    December 6, 2009 at 8:51 am

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