In their Reliable Source column, “Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach,” Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts doted on
The nine-inch red and silver ball features tiny text glued in a swirl pattern that “salutes” McDermott for the impeachment effort, pays tribute to Washington State's 1919 labor strike, its suffrage movement and the “violent anti-World Trade Organization riots of 1999.”
Upon learning her ornament was not rejected,
“Apparently they didn't read it – or Laura Bush is more progressive than I believed,”
This year, according to the Post, Mrs. Bush “asked members of Congress to pick local painters to decorate ornaments” for the official White House Christmas tree. McDermott reportedly contacted a local arts organization, which contacted
"I was at first nauseated, then realized it was an opportunity," said Lawrence, 55, who frequently combines politics and satire in her work and saw this as the perfect way "to highlight Jim McDermott because he's a hero of mine."
To the credit of the Post's gossip queens, they did quote Mrs. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough. McDonough told the pair that despite
“It really is too bad. I haven't seen the ornament, but I would hope that no one would take this as an opportunity to be divisive and partisan. There is a time and place for everything, and I don't think this is either.”
Freedom of artistic expression is a wonderful thing. But McDonough is right. There is a time and place for everything and political jabs at Christmas reek of Grinchiness. So does prominently featuring such jabs under the guise of Beltway gossip.
Grinch-o-Meter ratings: Deborah Lawrence: 9
WaPo Reliable Source: 9
The Grinch-o-Meter is CMI's unique tool for rating efforts to secularize, diminish or tarnish the celebration of Christmas in
Kristen Fyfe is senior writer at the Culture and Media Institute.