Christmas at the White House begins with arrival of THE tree

November 27, 2009

OBAMAWASHINGTON – Thanksgiving is over, President Barack Obama has pardoned one turkey (and eaten another), and now a giant Christmas tree has arrived at the White House.

Like it or not, Christmas is here.

First Lady Michelle Obama — with daughters Sasha and Malia — kicked off her traditional almost-December duties on Friday by accepting delivery of a 18 1/2 foot tall, 12 foot wide tree, which will be displayed in the White House Blue Room.

Reporters and a small group of guests gathered to watch the tree be pulled on a horse-drawn carriage down a White House driveway to the strains of “Oh Christmas Tree” being played by a military band.

Except for exchanging a few pleasantries, Mrs. Obama did not speak to the press. Would she comment on the couple who apparently crashed her big state dinner on Wednesday? Not so much.OBAMA/

The huge tree, a Douglas fir, came from a Christmas tree farm run by an elderly West Virgina couple who won the “National Christmas Tree Contest” for a record fourth time, the White House said.

Lest environmentalists be concerned, the White House put out a statement with some heartening details: “Real Christmas Trees are a renewable, recyclable agricultural product.”

That’s a relief. So … what about turkeys?

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Photo credits: The 2009 White House Christmas Tree arrives by horse-drawn cart at the White House in Washington and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is pictured with her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha as she is presented with the 2009 White House Christmas Tree at the White House in Washington, November 27, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed


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Posted by Sandy | Report as abusive

We have a president who seems to relish being in front of the cameras and he was missing, could it be because the arrival was a CHRISTMAS TREE?, Did he not want to upset the progressive base of his party?Incidentally it rumored that he is going to do a Christmas show with Oprah,will they call it a Christmas show?it will be interesting to observe.

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He’s seems at his best when he’s throwing a party, pardoning turkeys, campaigning in states that he won, covering his bedroom wall with all the magazines his face was on, and finally, he will have a special place for his Nobel Peace prize, around his neck with a big gold chain.

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