WASHINGTON - 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.
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.