Traditional Christmas at Camp David for Bush

US President George Bush was today spending Christmas at Camp David for the 12th time.

US President George Bush was today spending Christmas at Camp David for the 12th time.

Mr Bush’s parents, former President George Bush Snr and his wife, Barbara, along with the president’s siblings and their families were also marking the occasion at Camp David, the White House said.

The president’s twin daughters, Barbara and Jenna, and Jenna’s husband, Henry Hager, would also be at the Maryland presidential retreat.

Mr Bush and his wife, Laura, now have spent a dozen Christmases at Camp David - every year during Bush’s eight-year presidency and four times during his father’s time in the Oval Office from 1989/93.

Their Christmas Day menu is traditional: roast turkey with cornbread dressing, green beans, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, spinach salad, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pumpkin pie and pecan pie for dessert.

President-elect Barack Obama was today spending Christmas at a beachfront home in his native Hawaii with his family.

Aides said the Obamas were to enjoy a traditional holiday meal at their home and would have close family friends from Chicago visit throughout the day.

The Obamas have kept a low profile while on holiday in a quiet neighbourhood on Oahu, Kailua.

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