First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia with children of U.S. embassy workers after dedicating two magnolia trees and a bench, at a small park beside Ruben Martinez Villena public library in Plaza de las Armas, Old Havana, Cuba. The bench bears the inscription in English and Spanish “A gift to the people of Cuba from Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the U.S”
11:0 ET: Michelle Obama receives the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico. This year’s tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina. It will be displayed throughout the holiday season in the Blue Room.
2009 – White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
2010 – White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy
The National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony, 2009
Steve Benen: …. As for why Michigan trees “are the right height” — unlike those other rascally states, where the trees are either too tall or too short — I’m yet to see someone explain what on earth Romney was talking about.
Mediaite: Here’s a moment in recent history that you’ll be hearing a lot about this week: In a 2008 speech given at Ave Maria University (a Catholic institution), current presidential hopeful Rick Santorum warned those gathered that “Satan has his sights on the United States of America.”
Michael Tomasky: …. Romney is just a coward. If he were half the man his father was, he would do something like what his father did in 1964, when he warned the party nominating Barry Goldwater that it was headed off the rails. (Today Goldwater, considered a fanatic in his day, would be maybe about the 15th-most-conservative Republican senator.) But all Romney cares about, all any of them care about, is getting and keeping political power. They can’t see the obvious paradox — that their lust for the White House is making them submit to all the wishes of a fanatical base, which is exactly what will keep them from winning the White House.
Remember that satirical Brecht line about it being perhaps easier for the government to dissolve the people and elect a new one? It’s not a new candidate the right needs. It’s a new electorate.