In year’s past, presidents of the United States have wrestled with what to put on the White House Christmas card.
In 2011, the Obamas wished every American a holiday that would “shine with the light of the season”:
Even Bo the dog “signed” it.
In 2002, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush included a Bible verse, Psalm 100:5, on their card:
And they wished that “love and peace fill your heart and home during this holiday season.”
But this year, Donald Trump fulfilled a campaign promise of sorts with his card.
The Washington Post reported that last Christmas, Trump made this promise:
If I’m president, you’re going to see “merry Christmas” in department stores, believe me. Believe me.
Of course, no president can make that happen through diktat, but Trump told the Values Voter Summit last month that he was tired of the politically correct culture which frowned upon saying merry Christmas — during Christmas:
So when I started 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday and we are going to say “merry Christmas” again. Merry Christmas. So, merry Christmas, everyone. Happy New Year, but merry Christmas.
And on Monday, he fulfilled his promise to do what he could to bring it back.
Here’s this year’s White House Christmas card:
The card reads simply:
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
And it’s signed by the president, first lady and Barron Trump.