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Is Mao Really On The Obama Christmas Tree?

Faux News? Some say the joke's on conservatives

Faux News? Some say the joke's on conservatives

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Despite reports that the Obama White House Christmas Tree is festooned with decorations of Chinese Communist leader Mao Tse Tung and a drag queen, those with a knowledge of dendrology believe the story to be Christmas Fool’s joke on conservatives.

News of the Obama Administration’s White House Christmas Tree decorated with Communist and alternative-lifestyle ornaments has been carried by conservative media outlets Big Government and Fox News.  The fact that Simon Doonan, who has used the famous Christmas window at Barney’s New York to make his left-wing political feelings known, was chosen to decorate the White House tree this year certainly gives the story merit.

Fraser Fir close-up

Fraser Fir close-up

Obama Tree close-up

Obama Tree close-up

Douglas Fir close-up

Douglas Fir close-up

Proof that the tree features the ornaments, featuring Chairman Mao, drag queen Hedda Lettuce and even one of Obama’s head on Mount Rushmore, has been furnished in the form of photographs, which have been shown in the reports. However, say the skeptics, it is those very close-up shots that prove the story is false.

The White House chose a Fraser Fir as its official Christmas Tree this year. Fraser firs are noted for their distinctly-rounded tips. Meanwhile, the close-up photos of the controversial ornaments do not show those same, distinctly-rounded tips, and more closely resemble those of a Douglas Fir.

Further proof confriming the validity of the the ornament story has fallen into question, after drag queen Hedda Lettuce, who bragged about having his/her face on the White House Christmas Tree in a blog post earlier this week, has now written a cryptic entry on how homosexuals are habitual liars.

“Gay people are born liars,” Hedda wrote today. “[....] We were trained at a very early age that telling the truth was very likely to get us into trouble with the people around us [....]”

Roped Off: The Blue Room Tree

Roped Off: The Blue Room Tree

UPDATE #1: It has been confirmed that the Christmas Tree in question is the so-called “Blue Room” tree and is in fact a Douglas Fir. “We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House,” Michelle Obama is quoted as saying in an official White House press release.

UPDATE #2: New theories include a forgery of the photographs circulated with the Obama Tree news reports. Another photo of the Blue Room Tree shows it is pretty well roped off, so perhaps someone bribed a Secret Service agent to get a close-up shot of the ornaments in question.

UPDATE #3: It has been confirmed that the controversial “Mao” ornament contains a reproduction of Andy Warhol’s 1973 painting “Mao” which is at the Art institute of Chicago (http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/47149). An educated guess would indicate that the ornament is a link to the Obama’s Chicago home and the Art Institute. While some can argue that it’s not an ornament of Mao, but an Andy Warhol ornament instead, there is an image of The Great Wall of China on the ornament.

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  1. wanda says

    Shucks! Wouldn't surprise me none…

  2. AngryConservative says

    Sent from my Blackberry:

    I'll share with all, my utter disgrace with this Socialist Marxist Communist disrespecting our Sacred and Holy Holiday, once the gal at WalMart rings up the last of my Christmas gifts (psst, Snuggies for just $5.99!, nothing says "go God!" like a new Snuggie!).

    signed,

    Angry Conservative

  3. Lynne Nooner says

    Have you seen this video of the White House Christmas? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/home_blog/2009/12/white-house-holiday-decor-features-environmentallyfriendly-touches-this-year.html It’s the same tree. Other ornaments on the tree look like they were created by the same “artist” that created the Mao and Hedda ornaments.

  4. RB says

    All fine and dandy except for one little problem:

    The White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room is a Douglas Fir.

    What? You don’t believe me? How about the White House? You believe them? http://bit.ly/6IUyrB

  5. Nick says

    I don't know who I'm angrier at, this Marxist Czar we have for a president and his Marxist agenda, or this checkout gal at WalMart (I'm in line at the moment and she's taking forever!). If I don't get these sacred gifts (Playstation and games for dirt cheap!) home and wrapped in the sacred paper, my kids will never let me hear the end of it.

    The lack of respect this Socialst Obama has for our sacred Christian holiday is apalling!

  6. Felix Paladin says

    This is the type of stuff lazy brained conservative Ditto heads like to latch on tp prove Obama is a Marxist. Proof in this day & age that the internet is FULL of hoaxes ( I have sent NG stories that were hoaxes & ones that even fooled me I admit.)
    Always double check…don’t assume some talk show host has ALL your answers & facts.
    Use your individual mind.. read everything; believe nothing unless it jibes with YOUR facts!
    There are a TONS of stuff against POTUS Obama that are far more damming but are more involving than this knee-jerk stuff. Read and use your God-given brain to think; don’t just react to this garbage like your Pavlov’s dog!

    PS Among fellow conservatives repealing the Glass-Steagal Act is very much in vogue.
    It outlawed companies from being involved in both commercial banking and investment banking that most blame today for the current economic crisis. This article by a yes; conservative economist blows away that myth ditto heads !

    http://stefanmikarlsson.blogspot.com/2009/12/glass-steagal-myth.html

  7. Felix Paladin says

    Thx NewsGuy for updating this article!

  8. thomas says

    So what? Rational adultsts are offended by the

    Religious Right every day of the year!

  9. UF says

    I think this was a psychological litmus test. Let's not forget that weather we are on the left, right or in the center we are all Americans.

  10. M says

    Felix wrote:
    “There are a TONS of stuff against POTUS Obama that are far more damming but are more involving than this knee-jerk stuff. Read and use your God-given brain to think; don’t just react to this garbage like your Pavlov’s dog!”

    I thought it was possible, considering that people have been appointed with startling backgrounds that shouldn’t have been. So, I think that the story of an ornament on a tree isn’t that outrageous, but all people did was report on it in the form of a question.

  11. Peggy says

    You know, I would have more of a problem believing that this story is “fake” than I would in thinking that it’s probably TRUE…..

    obama has done so many OUTRAGEOUS and ILLEGAL things that I wouldn’t put ANYTHING past him at all…..

    THIS “person” IS A DISGRACE, and far worse than a disgrace!

  12. Scott says

    One ornament contains a reproduction of Andy Warhol's 1973 painting "Mao" which is at the Art institute of Chicago (http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/artwork/47149). An educated guess would indicate that the ornament is a link to the Obama's Chicago home and the Art Institute. It's not an ornament of Mao, it's an Andy Warhol ornament.

  13. Wayne says

    When you vote to put Obama,Reid,Frank in office you get what you deserve America! Half of America dont deserve the right to vote!!!! Research the candidate before you vote!

  14. Ed Darrell says

    Doesn’t that just show what a mean-spirited, Scrooge- and Grinch-before-the-heart-change organizations BigGovernment.com and WND are?

    With all the wonderful stuff on that tree, with the theme of reflecting America (including the Warhol version of Mao), WorldNet Daily disrespects Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Davey Crockett, America’s space program, and the rest of America, to make fantastically crabby claims about the tree.

    Last night the National Christmas Tree, a living Colorado blue spruce, was lit, so now the holiday season is official. And inside the White House, Michelle Obama unveiled the Blue Room Christmas Tree, announcing her seasonal theme: “Reflect, Rejoice and Renew.” She explained her wise reuse and recycled decorating idea: “We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations, we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House.” So what’s hanging on the tree?

    The 18½-foot Douglas-fir from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, which arrived on the traditional horse-drawn carriage at the North Portico is adorned with classic images – a Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, and the Kennedy Space Center. But also an ornaments depicting Davy Crockett Park in Tennessee, Pompey’s Pillar from Billings, Montana, and naturally, the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

    With more than 600 recycled ornaments on that tree, BigGovernment.com and WND had to work awfully hard to find three small items to complain about (0.5%). Shame on WND.

    I’ll wager they forgot to mention the Boy Scout ornaments, or any other ornament reflecting other parts of America WND hates but doesn't have the guts to talk about. What does WND have against the Boy Scouts? That Rushmore ornament may have come from a community near Rushmore. Why does WND hate South Dakota’s people? Anti-small town bias? Why would WND urinate on Americans’ hopes that Obama lives up to the icons on Rushmore? What does WND have against wise use of resources, with recycling?

    Shame, shame on WND.

  15. UF says

    I did and that is why I voted Obama. It’s the “right” half that doesn’t deserve the vote, Little Wayne.

  16. Mad Dog says

    Is nothing sacred?
    What next? Christmas ornaments of Stalin, Pol Pot, Castro, Lenin, Trotsky, Ho Chi MInh and Beria in the White House? Is nothing sacred?

  17. expertman says

    If he really is, would it surprise you?

  18. UF says

    Not only a litmus test but an intelligent test. Mad Dog still thinks it’s for real. LOL.

  19. Ed Darrell says

    What's next, complaining about the totalitarian policies of George Washington (Whiskey Rebellion), or Abraham Lincoln (habeas corpus)? Why do you guys hate South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore so?

  20. JLJ says

    You must act before it is too late! Act now! The lefties will say this is just a cute prank.. It is not! My country (Sweden) has been enslaved for many decades by "obamas": socialist and communist opression. We have the highest taxes in the world. People can not say anything negative about mass immigration by muslims into Sweden, if the do they are immediatly branded "nazis" o "exteme right winged" Sounds familiar? Act now, soon it is too late!

  21. John says

    Anyone can view the tree in the video on the WH website here:
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/

    Go about a minute into the video. You'll see close ups of other ornaments that were decorated for the WH.

    Then see if the branches in the WH video seem to match the branch in the photo of the Mao ornament.

    In my semi-educated opinion (a photographer who took a botany class) you'll note that the branches in the WH video do not have 'rounded tips'… not that you can see at least. If anything, the video seems to prove that the branches APPEAR to be the same type of branches as the ones in the Mao Ornament photo.

    Please go there and look.

  22. hattip says

    UF: So now we know wht the left os always stealing elections. It is because the rest of us does not "deserve the vote".

    Here we thought you did this because you were immoral. I have a question: After you destroy us, destroy the real, decent productive Americas, just who do you think is going to pay for your parasitic programs and unearned and un-merited lifestyles? China? Hint: they are run by commies too.

    Oh nad UF, someone that voted for Obama should not be making snide remarks about IQ.

  23. hattip says

    Ed: Nice try with the straw men. Are we to imagine that Lincoln or Washington were Maoists or Marxists? Are we to imagine that they were totalitarians? (Certianly the "Good" Democrats thought this of Lincoln. after all, they were the party of slavery, the KKK, Wilson's racism, Jm Crow and the current Democrat inner city election-plantations.)

    Are we to imagine that they would approve of Obama or what the Democrats have been doing to the country the last 70 years . Not if you have any understanding of them would you say this.

    If you are going to set up straw men, you at least ought to put some legs on them so as they might stand up for just a few seconds on their own.

    Of course, typical leftist that you are, it is you that is disrespecting Lincoln and Washington, and this nation and its traditions, including the WH, not conservatives. You are projecting your hatred on to Americans. Typical Maxist sophistry, and just as typically immoral and intellectually dishonest. And you full well know that Obama is a Marxist–a Maoist too for that matter–just like you are, That is why you voted for him. If you were a decent American you would understand that he degrades the White House everyday he is in that office. He degrades the country too. Just as you do. That is what you live for.

  24. Ed Darrell says

    Of course, typical leftist that you are, it is you that is disrespecting Lincoln and Washington, and this nation and its traditions, including the WH, not conservatives. You are projecting your hatred on to Americans.

    I'm not the group complaining about South Dakotans proud of their hosting Mt. Rushmore. I'm not the group howling about America's great art museums plugging their holdings on Christmas ornaments. It would be impossible to be so any more petty.

    Typical Maxist sophistry, and just as typically immoral and intellectually dishonest. And you full well know that Obama is a Marxist–a Maoist too for that matter–just like you are, That is why you voted for him. If you were a decent American you would understand that he degrades the White House everyday he is in that office. He degrades the country too. Just as you do. That is what you live for.

    Marxism? You mean, like the mau-mauing you're trying to give the White House now?

    I understand that the office of the presidency deserves respect regardless the current occupant. I understand that it's poor form, cheap politics, and sour grapes, to whine about Christmas tree ornaments.

    Get a manners transplant, Hattip.

  25. Sad says

    With this country in crisis ,, how could he evn think of spending 4000.0+ just on his house to rent… What is wrong with the Whitehouse? All the Whitehouse Christmas tress, and over indulgence makes me sick… Think about how many lives he could of helped with all the money…

  26. AC says

    LA Times, Dec. 24, 2009:

    … it wasn’t exactly Mao. It was Andy Warhol’s “Mao.”

    The image is one of a very large series of silkscreen paintings and prints the late Pop artist made of Mao. Warhol’s parody transformed the leader of the world’s most populous nation into a vapid superstar — the most famous of the famous. The portrait photo from Mao’s Little Red Book is tarted up with lipstick, eye-shadow and other Marilyn Monroe-style flourishes.

    Where did the Christmas decoration come from?

    “We took about 800 ornaments left over from previous administrations,” First Lady Michelle Obama explained in an earlier press release about getting the White House ready for the holidays, “we sent them to 60 local community groups throughout the country, and asked them to decorate them to pay tribute to a favorite local landmark and then send them back to us for display here at the White House.”

    The precise source of the Warhol ornament is not known. But Warhol’s Maos are in art museum collections from coast to coast, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago (whose painting most resembles the ornament image) and both the County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum has several.

    Oh, and at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, the National Gallery of Art has 21 different versions of Warhol’s “Mao.” Twenty-one. Wait until Big Government bloggers find out about the Communist takeover of the National Gallery. …

  27. DaveLehman says

    What difference does it make? Now all the Chrtstmas crap is made in Communist China!

  28. Danny Anderson says

    Felix, We conservatives extremists don’t need this kind of stuff to prove NOBUMA is a Marxist all you have to do is look at how he leads and what he is trying to push on the American People. He is so far left Mao looks like a Right Wing Extremist.

Continuing the Discussion

  1. Merry Christmas, to the “right” people (not you, Mr. President) « Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub linked to this post on December 25, 2009

    [...] Here’s a generally mean-spirited post trying to make hay from the general disinformation about….  (Here’s more of the flap on the ornaments on the White House’s Blue Room tree, and I’ve got a response in comments at this post.) [...]

  2. All Gays Are Liars « Knight's Christian Commentaries and Worldwide News linked to this post on March 1, 2010

    [...] The person who made the statements in the first paragraph was a “drag queen” who calls himself Hedda Lettuce, whose comment I discovered when I finally got around to seeing if the claim that Obama put an ornament of Mao on the White House Christmas tree was true. And I found a blog post that mentioned this drag queen claiming to have also been honored on the tree. [...]

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