Fox News & Sarah Palin Attack The White House Christmas Card

In the world of Fox News and Sarah Palin, the picture above, which graces the front of the 2011 White House Christmas Card isn’t, well, Christmas-y enough:

The official White House holiday card makes no mention of the word ‘Christmas’ and instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First Family.

“From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season,” read the inside of the card, featuring the presidential seal.

The front of the card features Bo the First Dog lounging by a fireplace. Holiday greenery is draped over the fireplace mantle. Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia – instead of a Christmas tree.

Los Angeles-based artist Mark Matuszak told the LA Times that he was asked to create the card by the White House social secretary.

“They wanted to do an inside shot, something home related,” Matuszak told the newspaper. He said one of the ideas was to focus on the Obama’s family dog. “So we thought, let’s put Bo in front of a fireplace.”

It’s almost Norman Rockwell-ish. A table with presents and poinsettia. A fire in the fireplace. Candles burning. A mantle decorated with holiday garland. And Bo, the White House Dog. Who could possibly find something objectionable there?

Well, you know who:

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin told Fox News & Commentary that she found the card to be a bit unusual.

“It’s odd,” she said, wondering why the president’s Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.”


Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”

As for the Obama card, she replied, “It’s just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House.”

I’m tempted to think that Sarah had been sippin’ on a really strong batch of the Palin Family Egg Nog when she conducted this interview, but I’m afraid its pretty much consistent with every thing else she, and her ilk on the right, have been saying for four years now. Palin even repeated the charge that the Obama’s first White House Christmas Tree included ornaments depicting Mao Tse-Tung when, in reality, it depicted Andy Warhol’s famous painting. One wonders what Palin would have thought of the Christmas Card sent out by Ronald and Nancy Reagan in 1987, or this card sent out by President George W. Bush, which barely had any indication of Christmas at all (not to mention lacking a dog). For that matter I wonder what Palin has to say about the cards her employer sends out.

Why, it’s almost like they’re just making up crap to hate the President over now. But that couldn’t be true, could it?

H/T: The Pajama Pundit

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. mantis says:

    Why, it’s almost like they’re just making up crap to hate the President over now.

    Now? They started that in 2007.

  2. Hey Fox News, last week called and said to make up your damn minds already:

  3. anjin-san says:

    “We establish no religion in this country. We command no worship. We mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are and must remain separate.”
    ~Ronald Reagan

  4. Peter says:

    If only we had a word for Christmas without the word Christ in it, like the French (Noel) or the Germans (Weihnachten).

    Both Christian and Atheist zealots would have to get out of our faces.

  5. ponce says:

    Is this the kind of traditional Christmas card Palin is talking about?

  6. If Palin is truly a conservative, wouldn’t she want to remember the real reason for the season?

  7. Peterh says:

    Heck, the President could’ve put out a card showing himself bowing to JC in the manger causing the twit palin to firmly state that the President bows to no one…..ssdd….

  8. @Peterh:

    I could see the FNC chyron now “President Bows To Foreign King”

  9. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Sarah Palin is on the Fox News Channel??

  10. mantis says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    Thanks for the idea for next year’s cards, Doug! We with with Greetings from Krampus this year.

  11. de stijl says:

    Palin is merely sharing the seasonal tradition of the Airing of Imaginary Grievances.

  12. Franklin says:

    How would the Palins and Fox News know what’s on the card? It most certainly wasn’t sent to them.

  13. Bleev K says:

    Palin said the majority of Americans can appreciate the more traditional, “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”

    Why do these un-elected people always talked in the name of the “majority”? And why is the “majority” so important for bullcrap issue like this?

  14. betsy nciassio says:


  15. HI $ARAH says:

    Merry Christmas Libel !

  16. Sandi says:

    Shame on FOX News and Sarah Palin. They will do anything to get them attention. Palin’s classmates all talked about how Sarah wasn’t one of the smartest kids in her class, so every time the teacher asked a question in the class, Sarah’s hand was the first one to shoot up and she waved it back and forth and up and down so that everyone would see it. When the teacher actually called on her, Sarah seldom knew the correct answer. As an adult, she is playing the same game to get attention–she has an opinion on every subject–actually her speechwriters or staff members comment on every thing that happens in the news, and they sign her name to their comments hoping that one will keep her name in the news and get her all the attention she craves. It has got to be a slow news day when she gets a lot of attention for being the pitbull that attacks poor little BO as he is sleeping peacefully near the fireplace in his own home.

  17. Trixie says:

    The Wasilla Pitbull cannot let sleeping dogs lie. A true bully–she attacks people all the time and they fight back and point out her lies. So Silly Sarah finds it safer to pick on the White House dog. Why does she think she should be the one to decide what is shown on the Obama Christmas card? Many former Presidents chose to have pictures of their dogs-or cards without giving a Christian message-or pictures of something other than a Christmas tree. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that in the Palin household, Sarah can decide what their Christmas card will show and in the Obama household, the Obamas can choose their Christmas card. What’s next–will the Wasilla Bully and FOX News tell us that Michelle Obama’s mother cannot live in the White House? Who died and put Sarah Palin in charge? Seems like all this is just nit-picking and Sarah carrying her grudge and showing the country that she is mentally unbalanced.

  18. Leslie says:

    The only thing that comes out of the mouth of this “Christian” is a message of hate. No wonder everyone calls her the Queen of Mean. Sad thing is that Piper and Bristol and Willow are all learning to say hateful things just like their Mama. Act tough and push the weaker people around. Looks like the hillbillies from Wasilla have never learned how to behave like ladies.

  19. joseph says:

    Sarah Palin has what it takes to shake you libbys up. SHE SURE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS. Most admired woman ever. Unlike obama she tells the truth and the truth hurts , UH!

  20. joseph says: