November 24th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

What's for Thanksgiving dinner?

The White House has released today's Thanksgiving menu. Highlights include Oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes, and six pies choices.

• Turkey
• Ham
• Cornbread Stuffing
• Oyster Stuffing
• Greens
• Macaroni and cheese
• Sweet Potatoes
• Mashed Potatoes
• Green Bean Casserole
• Dinner Rolls

• Banana Cream Pie
• Pumpkin Pie
• Apple Pie
• Sweet Potato Pie
• Huckleberry Pie
• Cherry Pie

Topics: Thanksgiving
POTUS and First Family give back
November 23rd, 2011
06:33 PM ET

POTUS and First Family give back

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the First Family spent time counting their blessings and serving their community when they visited the Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday.

The president, Mrs. Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha were joined by the First Mother in Law, Marian Robinson, and members of the Oregon State men's basketball team where they filled reusable grocery bags with produce and even some White House M&Ms.

President Obama, while handing out bags of baby carrots, greeted patrons of the food bank with a "Happy Thanksgiving" as they walked by.

The White House says that the Capital Area Food Bank distributes more than 30 million pounds of food a year to needy families.

The Obama family has had the tradition of doing a community service project around the Thanksgiving holiday since taking office. For the past two years, they put together bags of food at another local shelter, Martha's Table.

Topics: Thanksgiving • The Family
Circa 1921
November 23rd, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Turkeys at the White House

Turkeys have long played a ceremonial role at the White House come Thanksgiving time, though formal pardoning did not begin until 1989.

Topics: Thanksgiving
November 26th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

POTUS weekly address – Thanksgiving

Today, like millions of other families across America, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will sit down to share a Thanksgiving filled with family and friends – and a few helpings of food and football, too.  And just as folks have done in every Thanksgiving since the first, we’ll spend some time taking stock of what we’re thankful for: the God-given bounty of America, and the blessings of one another.

 This is also a holiday that captures that distinctly American impulse to give something of ourselves.  Even as we speak, there are countless Americans serving at soup kitchens and food pantries; contributing to their communities; and standing guard around the world.


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