Is Obama Scrooge?


December 7, 2009

In yesterday’s New York Times, there was an article about White House social secretary Desirée Rogers. In it, reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote: “When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas….’”

This same participant said that “the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display” (this was confirmed by the White House). Indeed, as Stolberg wrote, “there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addressed this issue today:
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Unlike almost all Americans—including atheists—the Obamas do not give their children Christmas gifts. We know this because Barack bragged about this last year to People magazine. So it should come as no big surprise that he and his wife would like to neuter Christmas in the White House. That’s their natural step—to ban the public display of Christian symbols. Have any doubts? Last April, Georgetown University was ordered to put a drape over the name of Jesus as a condition of the president speaking there.

If the Obamas want to deprive their children of celebrating Christmas, that is their business. It is the business of the public to hold them accountable for the way they celebrate Christmas in the White House. We know one thing for sure: no other administration ever entertained internal discussions on whether to display a nativity scene in the White House.

Would this really offend anyone if the Obamas celebrate Christmas as they usually do?
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4 thoughts on “Is Obama Scrooge?

  1. I want a Non religious president!!! And I want a Native American President that believes in his/her traditional religion or a gay/lesbian president would be cool.

    My family is not religious and we celebrate Christmas. We don’t put out any Nativity Scene, but we do put up a tree. Me and my sister even tried the religion thing, didn’t float our boat.

    Fox News would have a hayday with this.

  2. We’ve also done the xmas thing too, in a secular fashion. I did the same w/ my kids, haven’t gotten a tree in a few years though. I just wish it was in January or later. The frenzied pace of Thanksgiving through New Year’s is a bit much for me, then for nearly 4 months of cold weather…nada.

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