Written by Evan Spencer, Project Archivist on the Bart Gordon Papers
The holiday season is a time for family, friends, and neighbors to enjoy the smaller things in life. In our nation’s capital, the holiday season is a time for politicians to momentarily set aside their differences and celebrate together. Just in time for national Christmas Card Day, this blog post will feature several examples of holiday-themed documents from the Bart Gordon Papers housed at the Albert Gore Research Center. Click on the images to view a larger version.
Each year, Rep. Gordon sent holiday greetings to his friends, colleagues, and many of his constituents. This card is an example from the end of Gordon’s congressional career.
When December rolls around, the President and First Lady host the Congressional Christmas Ball. As a member of Congress, Rep. Gordon received invitations to attend this prestigious and exclusive party.
Each year, the President sent members of Congress the official White House holiday card.
This card came from President George W. Bush in 2001. In the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks, the card notes, “may the New Year bring peace on Earth.”
This card, from President Clinton, features the President and Hillary Rodham Clinton in the State Dining Room.
This card, from President Obama in 2009, marks a stylistic change from previous presidents’ cards.
Not to be left out, the Vice President also sends a holiday card to friends and colleagues in December.
This card, from Vice President Joe Biden, is a more traditional holiday card featuring Biden and his extended family in a natural family moment.
Vice President Dick Cheney sent this card, which features The Teton Range in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to Rep. Gordon.
In addition to holiday cards sent among the Washington elite, Rep. Gordon received holiday greetings from a wide variety of people, from constituents to foreign dignitaries.
This card comes from MTSU Women’s Basketball Coach Rick Insell and family.
This card was sent to Rep. Gordon from the State of Qatar. The Emir (ruler) of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, sent well wishes for the New Year in 2008.
Happy holidays from all of us here at the Albert Gore Research Center!