Friday, November 20, 2009

The state Holi ... er, Christmas tree is here!

What, you are asking yourself, is all that clatter arising at the State Capitol? There you were, all snug in your bed, with your kerchief and cap, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head, and you have to spring up to see what's the matter.

It's a press release from the Governor's office. So you tear open the shutter and pull up the sash, and what to your wondering eyes should appear but the state Christmas tree that has just arrived.

And there's the little old driver so lively and quick that you know in a moment it must be Gov. Beshear, all dressed in fur, from his head to his foot (and his clothes all tarnished with ashes and soot), cameras flashing, smiling and making sure everyone sees him next to the tree that his administration was going to change to a "Holiday tree"--before, that is, there was a veritable citizens' revolt demanding that the Christmas tree be brought back.

But like all politicians, when they meet with an obstacle, they mount to the sky and make it look like they were on the right side of the issue in the first place. So there he was, his eyes twinkling, his dimples merry, his cheeks like roses and his nose like a cherry, declaring:
“During the first Christmas holidays in 2008 after I became governor, Jane and I had the honor of lighting the Commonwealth’s Christmas tree, and we are looking forward to doing so again this year, and every year while I am governor.”
As one observer pointed out, the word "Christmas" is used in the press release about 56 times, which is why we laughed when we saw it, in spite of ourselves.

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