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White House Holiday Theme 2012

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Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

President Obama has secured his place in the Oval Office for at least another four years.  So, during his second term there probably won’t be any more stage-managed photo ops that feature the Obama family making “surprise visits” to St. John’s Episcopal Church.  Without the threat of God-fearing Americans at the ballot box, Barack Obama is now free to let his secular progressive/non-religious freak flag fly for all the world to see.

This year, despite having a Scripture-quoting ‘Christian’ president, finding Christ in the White House is as impossible as it was for Mary and Joseph, on the night Jesus was born, to find a room at an inn.

Gone are the days of heralding angels and Bethlehem stars.  This year, the famous 18th century Christian hymn based on the 98th Psalm, “Joy to the World,” has been replaced with a revamped “Joy to All” theme.  After all, if Barack “Joy to All” Obama is allowed to modify the U.S. Constitution, why shouldn’t he have free reign to fine-tune the Psalms of King David?

Allegedly, when he was a child in Indonesia, chicken fingers were not exactly Obama’s favorite food. Hence, Christmas may present an opportunity for the President to remediate his reputation within the dog-loving community. What else would explain why doggy decorations are everywhere and the other ‘Messiah’ is, shall we say, nowhere to be found?

This year 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has literally been converted into a ‘dog house’/shrine to the first family’s beloved Portuguese water dog Bo. Christmas at the White House can now officially be referred to as Canine-mas.

There are 54 trees; 6,000 glass ornaments; a black and white topiary of Bo; 18,000 black pooch pompoms and 2,000 white pooch pompoms; and 40 handmade “Bo-flakes” adorned with little Bo images. When the anticipated 90,000 visitors saunter through the White House to ogle the shimmering lights over the next few weeks, the only thing missing will be Bo barking out that old Burl Ives  favorite, “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

There’s even a 300-pound gingerbread White House with a replica of Bo sitting outside guarding the fort.  If confectionary reproductions were the goal, why didn’t the display include something like a crèche with the three Wise Men – Obama, Axelrod, and Carney – complete with a replica of Bo resting comfortably beside the manger?

Not only that, but where’s the political correctness in all of this? What’s especially alarming is that the normally sensitive, diversity-minded White House didn’t even consider the feelings of cats, potbellied pigs, goldfish, or hamsters, none of which were featured like Bo in the collection of pet-themed ornaments.  And, as if offending other pet species weren’t enough, insult was added to injury when the White House released its 2012 Bo-liday…er, I mean, holiday card.

Chosen by the White House as the design for the Obama Christmas card was a rendering done by Des Moines, Iowa artist Larassa Kabel.  In an amazing coincidence, prior to the November election Larassa’s husband’s rock band just so happened to open for Bruce Springsteen at an Obama campaign rally.

Sounding a lot like so many disappointed voters on November 7th, after finding out her entry was selected the artist called the moment “surreal.” Kabel added that originally she had “very, very, very low expectations” for the painting – much like the “very, very, very, low expectations” all those disappointed voters have for the next four years.

Kabel’s black-and-white rendering features a sprightly Bo absorbed in a snow dance in front of a hazy depiction of the White House.  Preserving “separation of church and state,” thank God there’s not even one hint of spirituality.  It must be that in Obama’s world a blurry dog frolicking in the snow captures the true essence of Christmas.

Based on a photo the White House sent out as the subject of the competition, the winning entry depicts Bo in a scarf.  Regrettably, the winter wonderland in the painting is foggy, because if more detail was included an “I Bark for Obama” 2012 bandana could have been added for an additional touch of whimsy.

Nonetheless, although the White House stands for the workers of America, Kabel won’t be paid for her winning portrait of Bo. But she doesn’t seem to mind – this holiday season, like every other day of the year, private citizens like Ms. Kabel are honored to give gifts of blood, sweat and tears, freely and without expectation of recompense, to the nation’s pro-labor president.

For Larassa, being chosen is obviously a gift in itself. The delighted artist said, “I’m living on glory,” a sentiment not unlike the first family’s, who, this year alone, gloriously gifted themselves with $1.4 billion in taxpayer-provided perquisites.

Kabel is really excited about meeting the President and Mrs. Obama and attending the December 18th White House holiday party with her rock musician husband.  Never mind the Boss and Barry – Kabel said “I’ve never seen anyone famous… I’m like, who will be at the party? I’m looking for anybody.”

So, in place of honoring the humble Savior who lay in a manger in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, this year the big thrill for the eclectic artist is to get up close and personal with the Hollywood stars partaking of White House merriment.  Rest assured, she won’t be disappointed because although Baby Jesus has been banished from the premises, undoubtedly Eva Longoria and George Clooney will be milling about.

So, as party time quickly approaches, the guest list has yet to be made public. What’s unfortunate is that the late Frank Zappa isn’t around for the unveiling of the portrait of Bo gamboling around on the South Lawn. Zappa could have kicked the White House holiday spirit into high gear by playing “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” an old song that, in years to come, thanks to Bo, could become a holiday classic, as well as a gentle reminder for impoverished Americans.

Clinton Counsels the Con

Originally posted at American Thinker

After a few afternoons with Slick Willy, Barack Obama managed to transform his image.  Call it learning from the master, as Obama morphed from Karl Marx-lite into Barry Goldwater/Padre Pio.  It appears that Obama’s stunning conversion is directly related to political mentor Bill Clinton’s advice.  Bill is extremely adept in the fine art of manipulative fakery: the ex-president could cry on command and was able to move to the right after the Republican Revolution of 1994, affording himself a second term in which to be publicly humiliated and impeached.

Clinton must have counseled Obama that as long as taxes are cut, it is fine to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and to sign a treaty that the Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said “expands [Russia’s] forces, rather a lot, while the American side will have to cut its arms.”

Moreover, based on Obama’s striking behavioral makeover, it is likely that the ex-president also advised the sullied Barack to redefine himself by following up with a laundry list of public exhibitions that scream red-state conservatism.  That explains Obama’s full-fledged bottom-lip-bite lately.  Just like the campaign of 2008, which was all Styrofoam columns and cheering sycophants, the ruse appears to be working.

The effort started with a self-sacrificial Obama staying behind like a dutiful father, postponing his vacation for a few days while Michelle and the girls went on ahead to Hawaii.

Packing for the trip, Obama tucked into his beach bag a book on none other than — you guessed it — Ronald Reagan.  In fact, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs felt it necessary to tweet out to the world: “Obama is currently going through a book on Reagan while holidaying.”

Over the last couple of years, the Obama family has repeatedly indicated personal aversion to Christmas.  The first family requested that the Nativity be removed from the East Room and announced to the world that Sasha and Malia receive no Christmas presents.  This year, miraculously, both Michelle and Barry read “T’was the Night Before Christmas” to schoolchildren and cast aside personal loathing for Christmas presents, with Michelle helping track Santa Claus while Obama, visiting the military, asked one little girl, “Did you get everything you wanted?”

Bill Clinton must be very proud of his charge.  Under the tutelage of the master, Obama seems to be an A student.  Ronald Reagan biography, Christmas at the White House reborn, tax cuts extended, delayed vacation, a visit with the troops, and a nation with a very short memory.  As of Sunday, the only thing missing from the mix was a religious experience, preferably of the Christian kind, which was when:

President Barack Obama and his family took a break from their Hawaiian vacation to attend Sunday church services, a rare occurrence for a president who prefers to worship in private. … The Obamas were greeted by clapping parishioners and a band playing “Joy to the World” as they were led to their seats in the front row.

Once past the despicable display of Obama walking to his pew to the strains of “Joy to the World,” one must say that the president dropping in on church should jack up his grade on the Clinton-con scale from an A to an A+.  No one knows better than Bill Clinton the value of feigned spirituality.  Bill, while carrying on in the Oval Office with Monica Lewinsky, would often grab a large Bible and scurry off to church.

In fact, in 1994, “military loather” Clinton, at a commemoration of D-Day on Normandy Beach, allegedly treated onlookers to a interesting spectacle: “As Michael Hutchison noted, ‘The lone President arrang[ed] a pile of suspicious rocks into a cross on Normandy Beach while a perfectly-framed navy battleship just happen[ed] to float in the background.’  The interesting part of all of this [was] that photos of the beachonly minutes earlier had shown no rocks nearby.  They had been planted there by Clinton staffers for the phony photo op.”  Then, in Normandy Cemetery, Clinton “noticed that the small flag on a soldier’s tombstone had apparently blown over and then rolled itself up; frowning that exaggerated frown and shaking his head in disgust, he unfurl[ed] the flag, plant[ed] it and [saluted] it while photographers [shot] video of this ‘private moment’ from behind the cemetery’s fence.”

Obama gets extra Clinton brownie points for receiving communion.  After all, for a president attempting to secure a second term, there is just no substitute for devout, pious actions.  In fact, the president, who prefers to worship in private, was so anxious to publicly partake of the body and blood of Christ that he “was the first worshipper to take communion, dipping the wafer in wine before placing it in his mouth.”

The only problem with the communion scenario is that participating in the Lord’s Supper, whether Obama or Slick Willy realizes it or not, is not to be taken lightly.

So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves (1 Corinthians 11:27-29).

Barack Obama heartily supports abortion, including partial birth abortion, and he apparently believes that fetuses born alive during botched abortions should be left to die without medical care.  The president has recently expressed an “evolving attitude” toward gay marriage, and he insists on filling the mouths of those who refuse to work.  In addition, Obama stirs racial strife, has all but turned on the nation of Israel, and believes that the sick and dying should be nudged toward death.

Could it be that in an effort to remediate his reputation, Barack, whose policies and agenda are antithetical to all things Biblical, exploited a communion wafer to transform his image in the eyes of the nation?

Supporting blatant transgressions and then receiving communion cries “unworthy manner” and “sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.”  By receiving communion, Obama exposed his total ignorance of the faith to which he claims to ardently adhere.

It is clear that Bill Clinton never cracked open the prop he toted around on Sunday mornings.  Thus, when tutoring “The New Comeback Kid” on how to regain political favor, it makes sense that Clinton wouldn’t know to warn Obama that when feigning Christianity, under pain of eating and drinking judgment onto himself, it would be in Barack Obama’s personal best interest to steer clear of the communion rail.

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