Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue takes a moment from his busy schedule of defending pedophiles to issue a press release:
There could not be a greater difference between President Barack Obama’s first White House Christmas and President Donald Trump’s.
Obama’s first White House Christmas was embroiled in controversy from the beginning. The following is from a news story in the New York Times published on December 7, 2009.
“When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. [Desirée] Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas….’
“The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche, customarily placed in a prominent spot in the East Room. Ms. Rogers, this participant said, replied that the Obamas did not intend to put the manger scene on display—a remark that drew an audible gasp from the tight-knit social secretary sisterhood.”
When the reporter, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, asked the White House for clarification, she was told that “there had been internal discussions about making Christmas more inclusive and whether to display the crèche.”
After creating this polarizing moment, a nativity scene was reluctantly displayed. But this didn’t end the controversy. Genocidal maniac Mao Zedong, who was responsible for the deaths of 77 million Chinese people, was celebrated by the Obama White House: his picture adorned a Christmas tree ornament. Various drag queens were also honored.
There have been no reports of Trump honoring Stalin or sexual deviants.
Here’s what really happened:
During Christmas 2009, conservatives attacked the White House over Christmas tree decorations. Breitbart’s BigGovernment suggested the White House was making “some political statements” by having “Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree.”
Fox News’ Special Report featured the “interesting ornaments” on its “Political Grapevine” segment. And the Washington Times linked to and quoted an entry on the conservative NewsReal blog attacking the White House for choosing “a lovely ornament featuring China’s mass murderer, Chairman Mao, to adorn our national Christmas tree at the White House.”
In reality, Fox News itself noted that the “first lady’s office says local community groups were asked to decorate hundreds of ornaments but that they are unaware of these specific decorations.”