White House Christmas Tree – White House is taking “Christmas” out of “Christmas tree” — and the 19-foot balsam fir delivered Friday morning will be referred to as a “holiday” tree. That’s according to a new suspicious email that’s been floating around on the Web. In fact, some people thought it was real, but most believe it’s nothing more than a hoax.
The email, which first appeared in 2009, is false. Still, it’s another thorn in the side of a president who has long been dogged with questions about his faith and who, on Thursday, ruffled feathers when he failed to mention God in his Thanksgiving radio address.
The email says, in part, “We have a friend at church” who received a “letter from the WH recently. It said that they would not be called Christmas trees this year. They will be called Holiday trees.”
In 2009, White House spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said the “letter referenced in the email does not exist,” and “the trees in the White House will be called Christmas trees, and the tree on the Ellipse will be called the National Christmas tree.”
After Obama took office, he kept the subject of religion almost entirely private. But in August 2010, a national poll found that 1 in 5 Americans believed Obama was Muslim. About that time, he weighed in forcefully for a Muslim group’s right to build a mosque and community center near the World Trade Center site.
In September 2010, speaking to a group in Albuquerque, he broke his relative silence on the subject, saying he was a “Christian by choice” and that the “precepts of Jesus Christ spoke” to him in terms of the kind of life he wanted to lead.