Jesus-Free White House Christmas Cards Didn’t Start With Obama But The Outrage Sure Did

“Fox & Friends First” (a Fox News show that isn’t *quite* as top quality as “Fox & Friends,” so they get the 5 a.m. spot on the schedule) posted about the lack of Jesus on the White House Christmas cards for the last few years. It’s stirred much controversy among those who absolutely hate our Nobel Peace Prize winning President.

The post featured photos of President Obama’s White House holiday cards from over the years – none of which had any religious symbolism on the covers, nor did they include the word “Christmas.”

As you can imagine, their audience ate it up, calling President Obama and the First Family all kinds of names and reminiscing about a United States in which Christians can walk freely and celebrate their holidays without persecution (because the War on Christmas is that serious, guys – this White House Holiday card proves it.)

Comments ranged from people saying this was all telling of what kind of people the Obama family is to others claiming this is an action of only someone who is anti-American and enemy of the state.

Yeah, apparently tolerant individuals who have faith, but don’t assume everyone believes as they do, yet they still want to wish everyone well during whatever holiday they celebrate this time of year, is somehow “anti-American.”

*gasp* The horror!

It’s kind of funny because we actually have a situation where a foreign government has influenced one of our presidential elections, an action encouraged by one of the candidates in said election, but let’s skip that completely. This holiday card thing is the uber-offensive anti-American act.

These folks may be disappointed to see that President Obama wasn’t the first to think it might not be the greatest idea to exclude people of other faiths from his holiday well wishes. In fact, this isn’t a strange phenomena at all among sitting presidents, or anyone else who genuinely wants to send well wishes to a diverse group of people during the holiday season. Take a look at a few of the White House holiday cards from over the years, none of which included imagery of a nativity or baby Jesus or the word “Christmas” on the cover.

Of course, the Democratic Presidents were all heathens, so let’s just skip straight to the beloved Republican presidents from the last few decades.

Let’s start with conservative darling, Ronald Reagan.

1981 – White House Historical Association
1982 – White House Historical Association
1983 – White House Historical Association
1984 – White House Historical Association
1985 – White House Historical Association
1986 – White House Historical Association
1987 – White House Historical Association
1988 – White House Historical Association












Nope, no baby Jesus on any of those. Ok, ok, but that was the 80s. How about a couple from George H. W. Bush, surely he had a swaddled baby Jesus on his cards.

1991 – White House Historical Association
1992 – White House Historical Association







*gasp* What??? No manger? No Jesus? No foil letters spelling out the words “Merry Christmas” in red and green?

Well, George H.W. Bush has to come out the clear winner here. He loves Jesus. You know his cards had to have been loving all over the Christ child, right?

2001 – White House Historical Association
2003 – White House Historical Association
2005 – White House Holiday Card
2008 – White House Holiday Card








Well, clearly we are all disappointed.

Funnily enough, it just so happens that President Shrub actually received some backlash in 2005 for not acting like an “evangelical Christian” with his “politically correct” inclusive cards. ABC News reported at the time:

As in every December since President George W. Bush took office, he sent out cards with a generic message, wishing 1.4 million supporters a happy ‘holiday season.’

Bush ‘claims to be a born-again, evangelical Christian. But he sure doesn’t act like one,’ Joseph Farah, editor of the conservative Web site, told The Washington Post. ‘I threw out my White House card as soon as I got it.’

Laura Bush’s spokesperson said at the time:

Their cards in recent years have included best wishes for a holiday season, rather than Christmas wishes, because they are sent to people of all faiths.

Awww, isn’t that awful.? All these years, all these American Presidents, practicing tolerance and good will during the holiday season with cards that would appeal to the masses.

Those anti-American jerk faces!

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