That’s different from last year’s card sent out by President Obama, which included a family photo and wished Americans a ‘joyous holiday season.’
The Trump card is signed by President Trump, first lady Melania Trump and even 11-year-old Barron and was displayed in the White House’s ‘Bookseller’s’ area, as the Christmas decorations were unveiled today.
The Merry Christmas card keeps Trump’s pledge to ‘say Merry Christmas again’ when he campaigned.
He repeated the pledge most recently in October at the Voter Values Summit when he said: ‘They don’t use the word ‘Christmas’ because it’s not politically correct,’ Trump said. ‘We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.’
The Obamas, in contrast, always said ‘Happy Holidays’ in their cards, although their defenders say the president used ‘merry Christmas’ in speeches.
But the Trumps did make common cause with the Obamas by including Barron, in the same way Sasha and Malia had been in their predecessors’ cards.
While Barron did not play host alongside mom Melania today, he did guide Americans through this year’s Christmas tour.
That’s because an illustrated version of the first son is featured in this year’s White House Christmas booklet, given to the throngs of tourists and guests who visit the executive mansion during the holidays.
The booklet, titled ‘Time-Honored Traditions,’ for this year’s decorative theme, starts out with cartoon Barron on the cover guiding the horse-drawn carriage carrying the White House’s Christmas tree.
The real Barron wasn’t behind the wheel, though did a walk-around of the carriage last week alongside his mother, surveying the 18-foot, 6-inch Wisconsin-grown beauty, headed to the White House’s blue room.
More importantly, Barron’s attendance marked one of the 11-year-old’s first official appearances at a White House event.