President Bush is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, as protesters demonstrate nearby despite new ordinances against parking cars or camping in the area.

Before having dinner with his family, Mr. Bush made phone calls to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including personnel in Afghanistan, Iraq, and at sea. A presidential spokeswoman said he wished them a happy holiday and thanked them for their service on behalf of the American people.

Meanwhile, a small group of anti-war protesters a few kilometers from the ranch ate an Iraqi-style meal for Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, about a dozen were arrested near the ranch for criminal trespassing and obstructing a highway passageway. Among them was Daniel Ellsberg, a former defense official turned anti-war protester, who released secret documents about the Vietnam War to the press in 1971.

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