December 3rd, 2010
09:34 AM ET

President Obama's Hanukkah celebration

WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - The president and first lady hosted a little gathering last night in the East Room to celebrate Hanukkah.

Included on the list of  500 guests, one-third of the Supreme Court justices – Breyer, Ginsburg, and Kagan. Several Jewish members of Congress and other elected officials and members of the military were there too.

The menorah for the event was loaned to the White House by New Orleans's Congregation Beth Israel. It was one of very few items to survive Hurricane Katrina. It was found by clean-up crews in horrible condition but was restored and relit for the first time three years ago.

Click on the video link above to see all of President Obama's remarks.

Topics: Hanukkah • President Obama • The Vault

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  1. dorothy

    obama is just doing this hanukkah celebration for politic brownie points.

    His head and heart are really with Ramadan

    Do you wonder why?

    December 4, 2010 at 11:20 am |
  2. XWngLady

    500 guests is a "little" gathering? Hope she was being sarcastic..

    December 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |

    @XWngLady, you hope who was being sarcastic? THE FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA? Well, if that's who, I don't think so! I really don't think she was being sarcastic at all, IF SHE TERMED IT THAT WAY! Furthermore, what's the difference ANYWAY? Many AMERICANS refer to parties, dinner parties, showers, etc. as 'little get-togethers' or 'little gatherings'! Are you envious of the fact that she can call 500 people, a 'little gathering'? Or are you a bigot and hate JEWS and HANUKKAH was being celebrated there? MY GOD!

    December 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm |

    @dorothy; you are a 'trip'! Michelle's actually the one who put the event together; AND IF OBAMA DID DO IT FOR 'politic brownie points', that's a good thing don't you think? If he waits for YOU and the rest of you HATERS to give him even his 'JUST DUE', not to speak of 'politic brownie points', JAIL WILL HAVE BROKEN UP! You must not have heard yet, after all of the lies and media hype about his religious preference, OBAMA keeps telling you he's a CHRISTIAN! If anything, his head and heart is with CHRISTMAS!

    December 6, 2010 at 11:27 pm |