There’s been much debate about President Obama’s decision to feature the First Dog, Bo, cozying up by the fireplace as the illustration in this year’s White House holiday card. Sarah Palin, enraged as usual, had this to say about it to Fox News:
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News & Commentary that she found the card to be a bit unusual.
“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”
Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”
As for the Obama card, she replied, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”
This is a restrained response, at best. I’d like to refer ex-Governor Palin to this article from the Washington Post published in December 2005 that focuses on the criticism that President Bush received when he depicted “two dogs and a cat — frolicking on a snowy White House lawn” in his annual “holiday” card:
“This clearly demonstrates that the Bush administration has suffered a loss of will and that they have capitulated to the worst elements in our culture,” said William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
One of the generals on the pro-Christmas side is Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association in Tupelo, Miss. “Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether this is sinister — it’s the purging of Christ from Christmas — or whether it’s just political correctness run amok,” he said. “I think in the case of the White House, it’s just political correctness.”
“It bothers me that the White House card leaves off any reference to Jesus, while we’ve got Ramadan celebrations in the White House,” Wildmon said. “What’s going on there?“
That’s how you fight the War on Christmas. Step up your game Palin.