Monday, December 9, 2013

The President's Christmas Card

Many legitimate criticisms are made of our current President, but some are bizarrely petty.  For example, in 2011, Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio condemned the Obama's Christmas card design in a blog post titled No Christmas in White House Holiday Card.  (This happened two years ago, but it's Christmas card season, and that makes it topical.)  He reported ominously that the card features First Dog Bo and poinsettias but no Christmas tree. Sarah Palin offered her opinion,
“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.” Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”
Palin may find the card odd, but I think it is odd to associate "American foundational values" with something that withers and dies in our living room.

This was the offending Christmas Card:

I don't know about you, but I like this card.  The room looks cozy and the poinsettias and the evergreen on the mantle certainly indicate that it is a Christmas card.  I have no problem with highlighting Bo.  I like Bo.  He is the only member of the Obama household that would happy to see me if I showed up unannounced in the White House living quarters.  Sure it would be nice if the card included something religious, but I rather doubt that a non-religious Christmas card is an affront to God.  Pick your battles and leave Bo alone.


  1. Maybe I am missing something, but why isn't this acceptable as a Christmas card? It has a bit of the old fashioned getting ready for the holiday feel to me. OK, I'd prefer a cat to a dog, but that is my preference.
    Yes, I would opt for a religious theme. Yet, over the years I have gotten plenty of "non-religious" cards. Even from good Catholics. No affront to God was intended.
    Like you said, this is not the battle to pick.

  2. That looks fine to me... There might have something missing... hmmm probably a christmas tree? Or the actual family celebration,,, or perhaps the stockings (LOL), but I think it was a good card.

    Anyways, merry Christmas to everyone!
    Anne Walker @ Christian Christmas Messages

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