Since 1953 the President of the United States has had a Christmas card that is sent out to thousands. Several Presidents have avoided using the word “Christmas” in the cards, including George W. Bush. President Barack Obama’s 2009 card simply says “Season’s Greetings.” Inside, it reads: “May your family have a joyous holiday season and a new year blessed with hope and happiness.”
Those simple and completely unoffensive words are now under fire by Congressman Henry Brown, Republican of South Carolina, who introduced a resolution this week calling for the protection of the sanctity of Christmas. The bill has so far seen limited bi-partisan support.
“I believe that sending a Christmas card without referencing a holiday and its purpose limits the Christmas celebration in favor of a more ‘politically correct’ holiday,” Brown told Fox News Radio on Thursday. “This kind of reproach is exactly what my Christmas resolution, introduced to the House of Representatives earlier this week, is against as the resolution expresses support for the use of Christmas symbols and traditions and disapproval of all attempts to ban or limit references to Christmas,” he added.
How the Obama card “bans or limits references to Christmas” is beyond me. President Obama is the leader of a diverse country of many cultural traditions inclusive of holidays that just happen to fall in proximity to Christmas on a calendar. Having one card covering it all doesn’t represent disrespect to Christmas — in fact, quite the contrary. Christmas promotes peace on earth and, to all men, goodwill.
The Obama card does just that.