The front of the card in question shows the President’s dog, Bo, sitting in a very Christmas-like setting, with a fireplace decorated with wreaths and red ribbons, and a table with a poinsettia plant and presents. “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” reads the inside of the card, which is signed by the Obamas (including Bo).
Palin characterized the card as “odd”:
“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like ‘family, faith and freedom.'”
Well, if anyone would understand odd, it’s Palin.
“Even stranger than that was his first year in office when the Christmas ornaments included Chairman Mao,” she continued. “People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive.”
The Ice Queen was referring to when a right-wing blog posted a grainy photo, allegedly of an ornament on the White House Christmas tree in 2009 showing a reproduction of Andy Warhol’s “Mao” portrait. Media Matters reported that the tree was decorated by community groups, not the White House.
Palin said a majority of Americans prefer “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.” With regard to the card, she added, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”
“I go on the offense like most Americans do and say ‘No, we’ll have Christ back in Christmas and hopefully it won’t offend you,'” said Palin in a November 2010 Fox News appearance.
Because Christmas is all about going on the offense, “enough of this socialistic ‘Peace on Earth’ nonsense”, her Brain Captain was reported as saying. “When it comes to defending the sanctity of Christmas we say ‘Reload!’”
One has to question how Palin feels about past White House Christmas cards which seem to be equally avoiding “family, faith and freedom.”
And what kind of family Christmas Card would Sarah Palin have? Caribou roasting on an open fire, or Sarah kneeling over a dead reindeer perhaps?
One also has to wonder how Palin sleeps at night with these kinds of concerns weighing so heavily on her mind.