Beyond the Pale: White House Hanukkah invite is actually Christmas card

Dennis Baron debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Nov 27 03:49:30 UTC 2008

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Beyond the Pale: White House Hanukkah invite is actually Christmas card

In one well-known West Wing Thanksgiving episode, Pres. Jed Bartlett
pardoned a Turkey and granted asylum to a group of Chinese victims of
religious persecution. But this week in the real west wing, besides
barbecued turkey, two wars, and a financial meltdown, George W. Bush,
another president whose series has been canceled, seemed intent on
playing to his base one last time by making his legacy the long-
awaited conversion of the Jews.

At least that's what it seemed like to Jewish leaders who received
invitations from the White Houseto this year's annual menorah
lighting. On the inside of those Hanukkah invites, George and Laura
Bush request "the pleasure of your company at a Hanukkah reception."
But the outside of the card features a horse-drawn wagon carrying the
White House Christmas tree up to a snow-clad White House, and to drive
home the White Christmas message, a sign on the side of the wagon
reads, "White House Christmas Tree 2008."

Find out more about George and Laura, the Hanukkah Bushes. Read the
rest of this post on the Web of Language.

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
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Urbana, IL 61801

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