Obama’s Christmas Tree Decked With Mao Balls, Arrogance and a Drag Queen?
December 24, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The latest right-wing fake controversy arrives right before Christmas, courtesy of the crack reporting team at Andrew Breitbart’s right-wing BigGovernment website in a big “scoop” entitled, “EXCLUSIVE: Transvestites, Mao And Obama Ornaments Decorate White House Christmas Tree.” Photos of the offending Christmas ornaments are shown and we find out that none other than a gay, Simon Doonan creative director of Barney’s New York, is responsible for this outrage. Out of 800 Christmas ornaments sent to community groups, schools and charities for decoration, the right-wing sniffs out three that fit nicely into their favorite activities according to Media Matters: “red-baiting, gay-baiting, and suggesting that Obama is arrogant.”
The three ornaments in question, show an image of Hedda Lettuce, a celebrity drag queen, an image of an Andy Warhol print of Mao and the third shows a photo of President on Mt. Rushmore. All of the ornaments were designed by community groups.
So, where is the big story here?
According to Andrew Breitbart, the ornaments are proof that Obama is a commie, arrogant and not sure what the drag queen is supposed to say about President Obama, except that the right just hates gays:
“Of course, Mao has his place in the White House. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without an ornament of legendary transvestite Hedda Lettuce”….”And, so soon after collecting the Nobel Peace Prize, why wouldn’t the White House have an ornament super-imposing President Obama onto Mt. Rushmore,” said BigGovernment.
Since BigGovernment’s big scoop was published on Wednesday, the right-wing blogosphere and even Fox News have run with the non-story. Bret Baier of the fair and balanced network, Fox News, reported on the controversial Christmas ornaments, straight from the BigGovernment website, as straight news.
As pointed out by Media Matters, there’s no evidence to suggest that Obama had personal knowledge about individual ornaments on the tree:
“Unfortunately for Baier, his gotcha story seems to be missing the gotcha. Here were the very next words out of his mouth: BAIER: The First Lady’s office says local community groups were asked to decorate hundreds of ornaments but that they are unaware of these specific decorations.”
Meanwhile, Hedda Lettuce, a member of Ru Paul’s reality show on the Logo channel, called Drag Race, is thrilled her ornament is on the White House Christmas tree. A box of the plain White House bulbs showed up at a gay community center where Hedda volunteers and teaches decoupaging. When the ornaments arrived for decorating, Hedda apparently decoupaged an image of her drag queen character on the bulb.