President calls military in Iraq and Afghanistan
November 25th, 2010
02:52 PM ET

President calls military in Iraq and Afghanistan

This morning, President Obama called 10 members of our armed services – two from each the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy – deployed in support of Operation New Dawn and Operation Enduring Freedom.

The President thanked each of them for their service and sacrifice and wished them and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.

Topics: Afghanistan • Iraq • President Obama • The News
Thanksgiving at the White House
November 25th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Thanksgiving at the White House

The President and the first family will spend Thanksgiving with friends, family and staff at the White House.

The first family's Thanksgiving menu will include:
Cornbread Stuffing
Oyster Stuffing
Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole
Macaroni and Cheese
Dinner Rolls
Apple Pie
Pumpkin Pie
Sweet Potato Pie
Banana Cream Pie
Cherry Pie
Huckleberry Pie

Topics: Thanksgiving • The News • White House
President Obama's faithy Thanksgiving proclamation
November 25th, 2010
10:07 AM ET

President Obama's faithy Thanksgiving proclamation

This year's Thanksgiving Day proclamation from the White House has a distinctly religious ring to it, referring to the "gifts of a gracious God" to the nation.

"A beloved American tradition, Thanksgiving Day offers us the opportunity to focus our thoughts on the grace that has been extended to our people and our country," President Barack Obama's Thanksgiving proclamation begins."...We also pause our normal pursuits on this day and join in a spirit of fellowship and gratitude for the year's bounties and blessings."

At a time when Obama has been criticized by some conservatives who say he has not been firm enough in espousing American exceptionalism, the statement includes repeated mentions of a relationship between God and America.

"Thanksgiving Day is a time each year, dating back to our founding, when we lay aside the troubles and disagreements of the day and bow our heads in humble recognition of the providence bestowed upon our Nation," the proclamation, issued Tuesday, says.

In other places, the proclamation frames Thanksgiving as a time for the nation to count its blessings amid hard times.

Read the full post on CNN’s Belief Blog.

Topics: President Obama • Thanksgiving • The News