Friday, December 23, 2011

Obama's 'Holiday Card' Celebrates Dog, NOT Jesus

The White House greeting card shows no signs of Christmas, either in words or in the artist's rendering of a fireplace scene that focuses on Bo the dog.

For background, read Obama Declares He's Christian, Again and also read Is Obama Christian? Few Think So: Poll as well as Obama Wants Catholic Vote but Dem Platform Anathema

-- From "Sarah Palin criticizes Obama holiday card -- and the dog" by David Ng, Los Angeles Times 12/21/11

The card . . . was created for the Obama family by L.A. artist and designer Mark Matuszak. It features an image of Bo, the Obama family dog, in front of a fireplace in the White House library with a poinsettia and other decorations. The card, which makes no direct mention of Christmas and doesn't feature a Christmas tree, states: "From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season."

[Sarah] Palin told Fox News that she found it "odd" that the card emphasizes the dog instead of traditions like "family, faith and freedom." She also said that Americans are able to appreciate "American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree."

In the past, White House cards have varied in terms of a secular versus a Christian approach. . . .

The Obama family has also preferred a more secular approach. Last year's holiday card featured an image of a White House covered with snow, with the following greeting: "May your holiday be filled with all the simple gifts of the season, and may your new year be blessed with health and happiness."

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From "Why does it not mention Christmas? Palin fury at Obamas' 'holiday' card that doesn't even have a Christmas tree (but at least Bo's on it)" by Michael Zennie, UK Daily Mail 12/22/11

The card makes no mention of Christmas and instead wishes: 'From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.'

She also pointed to an ornament on the Obamas' 2009 Christmas tree that included the face of Chinese communist revolutionary Mao Zedong.

'People had to ask that it be removed because it was offensive,' the former governor of Alaska told the Fox News and Commentary program.

In 2009, the Obamas' first White House Christmas card came under fire because it did not mention Christmas, either.

Instead, it simply featured a gold presidential seal with a wreath and 'Seasons Greetings.'

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Also read Obama Prioritizes Gay Rights, NOT Religious Freedom

UPDATE 12/24/11 - Obama says "God" and "Christmas" in address, reacting to criticism (video):