Obama holiday card is un-American, gripes Palin

December 21, 2011 

Sarah Palin this week is carrying on the annual tradition of Republican complaining about the official holiday cards issued by the Obama White House. The main problems for Palin and Fox News: Where's the word "Christmas," and what's with the dog? The card features a drawing by Los Angeles-based artist Mark Matuszak of a fireplace-lit room in the White House with the Obama family dog, Bo, warming himself before the flames. From Fox News:

"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."

To which Tim Murphy of Mother Jones responds, under the headline "Fox and Sarah Palin freak over White House Christmas card":

It's all pretty non-controversial. Boring, even. Unless, of course, you're Fox News -- in which case the bookshelf is filled with Lenin's B-sides, the Constitution is burning in the fireplace, Winston Churchill's bust is conspicuously absent, Bo has become dependent on the federal government for handouts, and the empty seat is a stirring reminder of President Obama's nonexistent leadership.

Business Insider suggests Palin take a look at cards from the White House under GOP presidents, which are not so different from Obama's and even feature, yes, dogs.

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