Well, it seems that the holiday spirit is not in the cards (literally) for Sarah Palin. She recently took to the airwaves (with an appearance on Fox News Radio) to denounce the holiday card sent out by the White House this year because she felt that the themes presented were not what Americans wanted to see. It’s nice to know that this nitwit thinks she can speak for all of America. Last year she was on a crusade to put Christ back in Christmas and this year she is apparently of the opinion that a cozy depiction of Bo, the First Dog, by the fireplace is somehow offensive to Americans because it doesn’t portray “family, faith, and freedom.” Yet again, Palin proves that her mouth is busy writing checks her brain can’t cash.
The photo on the front of the card has shades of Norman Rockwell, with warm candlelight and a feeling of peace, tranquility, and the pleasures of home. A sleeping dog rests in front of a blazing fireplace, which is draped in pine boughs decorated with ribbon and ornaments. A nearby table is stacked with presents and bears a poinsettia in a silver vase. Chairs stand empty, facing the fire, as if awaiting their owners’ arrival. The overall presentation is lovely and intimate, despite the fact that there are no people in the rendering. How anybody could see this portrait and call it un-American defies reason. There are no flags flying or crucifixes hanging on the walls, it’s true, but despite that (or because of it) the card is tasteful and appropriate for the season, which by the way, does not include Christmas for every American.
As for the inscription inside the card, it reads simply, “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.” Palin, of course, was not content with this either. She continued her tirade by noting that the word “Christmas” is nowhere to be found. If Palin wanted to prove that she is a bigot, she’s certainly done so. The age when Christmas cards were appropriate for internationally recognized politicians to send out is long gone. Of course, the White House clearly recognizes that the first family celebrates this holiday, since their home is decorated with some of the hallmarks of this seasonal celebration. But the fact that a Christmas tree is not pictured and the word does not appear in the text shows a politically correct deference to the fact that various groups celebrate many holidays during this season, from Hanukkah to Kwanzaa to Festivus (yes it’s a real thing) to Ramadan (some years). And there are many more, not all of them religious.
But apparently Palin, in her brazen ignorance, would rather spread hate than tolerance during a time when her own religion touts peace on Earth and goodwill to men. In her tirade about “American foundational values” and how they should be included in Christmas cards, she entirely forgot about the part of our nation’s history where we broke away from England because of religious persecution. And by the way, White House holiday cards rarely feature people or Christmas trees. Although former President George W. Bush included Bible quotes in his cards, presidents before him (Bill Clinton, for example) generally had inscriptions similar to Obama’s, without any reference to religion.
If Palin wants to put Christmas trees in every room in her house (although she might have to do some bathroom and kitchen remodeling to make it work) she is more than welcome. And she can splash photos of them all over her own cards. But her agenda seems pretty clear when she attacks the President for a card that is nothing but tasteful, warm, and entirely in keeping with the responsibilities of his office. All we can say is thank goodness that woman didn’t get elected. Chances are her holiday cards (sorry, Christmas cards) would have offended a lot more people.