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White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament


Deborah Lawrence and her ornament (Photo courtesy of Deborah Lawrence)

That controversial ornament calling for President Bush's impeachment? Won't hang in the White House after all.

"Oh, dear," said Seattle-based artist Deborah Lawrence, who created the red and white ornament that salutes Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and his support for a resolution to impeach the president. "This doesn't really surprise me. But it's disappointing that I won't get to see it on the tree."

Laura Bush asked all members of Congress to pick artists from their districts to decorate ornaments, presumably highlighting local landmarks and heroes. Lawrence, 55, used the opportunity to honor McDermott, a strong critic of Bush. The collage artist glued tiny text on the nine-inch ball thinking no one would actually read her embedded "subversive" message.

But Lawrence shared her secret protest with friends, and the news quickly spread. "An artist doesn't always get this kind of attention," she told us. "It took on a life of its own, obviously. In a way, I'm speechless."

Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for the first lady, confirmed the ornament would not be displayed. "It's inappropriate and it's not being hung," she said. She said that when asked about the issue yesterday, the White House tree decorations were not complete. "We reviewed the ornament along with all the [other] ornaments, and Mrs. Bush deemed it inappropriate for the holiday tree."

Lawrence attended the White House reception for the artists yesterday ("They let us in") but didn't get a chance to chat with the hostess.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 2, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
 
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what a total @hole this woman is

Posted by: RBCrook | December 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

who, laura bush?

Posted by: thebigunit3000 | December 2, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Merciful Mother of Mary, what a thing to put on a White House Christmas Tree. Apparently, folks on both fringes can see everything as an opportunity to make a statement. Hint to the members of the parties' fringes: the only statement you make when you pull stunts like these amount to "I am a self-important moron." I wonder if this woman considers that the "Impeach Bush" crowd in Congress was composed of those Reps and Senators most detached from reality (see: Dennis Kucinich), and that most on both sides of the aisle, the current President-elect included, found the thought ridiculous.

Posted by: anoon09 | December 2, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

The Bushes are inappropriate for any occasion.

Period.

Posted by: angelos_peter | December 2, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

It is not a ridiculous thought to impeach Bush. He has committed war crimes, threw out the Geneva Convention, which just endangered our troops even more at such a critical time. Mostly he could be impeached and charged with Treason for outing a CIA agent! Dennis Kucinich was right on trying to get the ball started.

Posted by: corpsman2 | December 2, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

The Big Red Ball? Totally inappropriate. Juvenile is one thing; using Christmas to grab your political 15 minutes seems egregiously belchworthy. There aren't even points for guerilla decor or testing the Secret Service's ability to connect the dots. The "artist" couldn't even wait for the package to be opened before blabbing it all over. Kudos to Laura Bush!

Posted by: mmfleming1 | December 2, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree it is egregiously belchworthy to use a holiday for political purposes instead of a family or spiritual gathering.

So why are the Bushes even soliciting ornaments from Congress? So the everyday folk can feel like they are heard inside the beltway? So the Bushes can show off their all-American fantasy life, while the rest of us are in foreclosure and have kids in Iraq?

Why is my tax money used to buy an extremely large tree for the national mall? Christmas is a religious holiday. Why are my representatives wasting time with ornaments instead of dealing with the financial meltdown or terrorists? Does leading the country necessitate having opulent Christmas decorations? No.

I was really really hoping that the White House was going to abstain from hanging ornaments in deference to all the killed and wounded soldiers who wouldn't be home for Christmas this year, but alas, the opportunity was used to politically snub some congressman.

Posted by: jaylin4dc | December 2, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

What a charming woman! Perhaps she can send along the bowl she puts on her head when she cuts her hair as well. The Bush's can use it for Holiday treats.

Posted by: menopausequeen | December 2, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Can't afford to offend "Dear Leader" who still can't think of anything he's done wrong in eight years.

Posted by: girard73 | December 2, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Gee, I hope the posters complaining about this artist's use of Christmas to advance a political agenda all post similarly strong criticisms of Bill-O's idiotic (and hypocritical) annual "War on Christmas" campaign.

There is a bright lining in all of this. I'm sure that collectors will big well for the ornament on e-bay. Heck, the artist could also sell reproductions. They would sell like hot cakes. I would definitely be in the market for one!


Posted by: IceNine | December 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

This is a dumb story to begin with - but to run the same piece of crap under 2 different headlines is indicative of the way BDS leads you to lose contact with reality.

Posted by: ipwood | December 2, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse


This lady is the rudest person on earth and obviously does not have a caring or compassionate bone in her body.

Christmas is a time for love, forgiveness and joy. Sentiments which this lady is not capable.

I can't believe the RUDENESS and just TACKY behavior from this woman.

As a DEMOCRAT I am just horrified that she would subject the President and First Lady to this type of insult.

I know I wouldn't want the Obamas to start receiving ornaments with some of Rev Wright's and Bill Ayers comments.

I hope everyone remembers this lady's name and makes sure that they spread the word about what a terrible artist and hateful person she really is!


Posted by: chulanow | December 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Hope she's copyrighted and duplicating these ornaments. Where do I buy one?

Always fun to pick up the history on old ornaments...

Posted by: Spectator | December 2, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Can we hang Puddin'head Bush then?

Posted by: kase | December 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I think the ornament would have hung on the tree if she had not publicized it's fine print beforehand.

Perhaps she should have made a disappearing print that shows only if you look at it from one direction. That would have been a more appropriate way to commemorate Bush's lack of accurate "vision" about Iraq intelligence.

Posted by: NeedToKnow | December 2, 2008 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"I can't believe the RUDENESS and just TACKY behavior from this woman."

You desperately need a sense of perspective. Mr. Bush is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people by deliberately lying. He was warned about 9/11 and did nothing. He was warned about Enron and did nothing. He was warned about Katrina and did nothing. He was warned about the economy and continues to do nothing.

Within the context of piles of bodies and a destroyed economy, this Christmas tree ornament is a subtle and polite reminder of the terrible crimes that have been committed by Mr. Bush. It is far nicer than he deserves.

A more just response would be the RUDENESS of an arrest, trial and imprisonment of Mr. Bush.

Posted by: TomSwirly | December 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

You could make the case that it's entirely appropriate for Deborah Lawrence to make the political statement she made in her ornament creation.

Christmas IS political.

While the birth of Christ represents God's love, joy and peace coming into the world, it also represents Christ's coming into the world as king of kings and lord of lords, a heavenly ruler over all the earthly rulers. You can believe this was a disturbing to the political rulers of Jesus' day.

Posted by: wsealsjr | December 2, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember Laura Bush sponsoring a White House poetry event and several poets wrote anti-war pieces. The White House is just going to have to realize artists make statements by profession. It's hard not to make one against Bush anyway, with his appalling acts in office.

Posted by: sarahabc | December 2, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

This is sick behavior. I cannot believe that people commenting are actually applauding this. Your envy for political power has totally warped your moral sense.

Never believe that the Obama movement is about hope and belief. The Democrat party has nothing but pure, bitter hate at its core, and it can't let it go even now.

Posted by: franklyfrank511 | December 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I asked Congress for Impeachment and they failed to deliver, so now I'm going to a Higher Authority; Dear Santa...

Posted by: LiarLiarIraqsOnFire | December 2, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I think it's tacky to have sent it in.
Even worse is publicizing it.

Better to have sent it in and let it be hung.

Would you send the Obama's a racist ornament and expect it to be proper?

Posted by: RedBird27 | December 2, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I guess "wing nut" crazies cover the entire political spectrum. But the artist got her 15 minutes of fame which I guess mattered to her.

Posted by: NewEra | December 2, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

For a self-proclaimed Christian president, what better time of year to be reminded about these sorts of issues.

Who would Jesus torture?

Posted by: valpyuk | December 2, 2008 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Being a resident of the district of Saddam's pal Baghdad Jim, this kind of churlish behavior is not surprising. Childish petulance is the norm in this area. Such boorish and loutish conduct is applauded and touted as some jibbering form of “dissent” or “speaking truth to power.” Almost nobody has any idea of what impeachment actually is (they think it means “throw the guy out of office"), and cannot describe anything about the Constitution’s definition of impeachable offenses. They still insist that Bush lied, outed a CIA agent, said the Constitution was a scrap of paper, on and on even though those lies have long been fully debunked. Children loose in the madhouse, and this dope who cuts out magazine bits and makes collages thinks she is an artist of merit. Meh, I have come to expect it around here.

Posted by: RickvidinSeattle | December 2, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Democrat and I think the entire idea of the ornament is vile and offensive to not only the President, but he country and to the Holiday as well.

The Artist is foolish, childish, and not least of all boorish.

Posted by: azulu1 | December 2, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

i thought bush was anti-tree.


i love the ornament and the idea of it all.


Mcdermott and Lawrence have real balls that should hang high for all to see.

Posted by: forestbloggod | December 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

How shameful and inappropriate and tacky to remind this self-proclaimed "compassionate" "conservative" joke "born-again" vastly bigger joke "Christian" who thought it was incredibly funny to joke at the White House Correspondents Dinner about his inability to find Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Too bad that hundreds of brave Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children were no longer alive to share the joke with him and his sycophants. And there are still a lot of Katrina survivors who still don't have a home to put a Christmas tree into. But then, as W's mama said, they're probably better off where they are.

Posted by: edallan | December 2, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I hardly think you can compare sending the Obamas a racist statement is the same as sending the Bushes a statement about impeachment. Remember this is a President who lied to take the country into war and who supported torture-- he should have been impeached. The use of a Christmas ornament to say so might be poor taste but it is not equivalent to racism and those who think so are scary.

Posted by: postreader118 | December 2, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Christmas is a pagan holiday and doesn't have a thing to do with Christ.

Posted by: Lttlepossum | December 2, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

First off, it's an ugly ornament! It looks like a kindergarten art project! So this woman is not only UNTALENTED, but she also shows poor manners. Whether you like the Bush's or not, (I personnally do not like them) Laura Bush is the First Lady, and it should have been an HONNOR to be asked to create a Christmas Ornament for the White House tree. The real victims are all the other Washington State artists who were passed over for this honnor, and all the other constituients of Washington State who do not share her views.

Christmas should be a time of Love & Forgiveness. If she hates the Bush's that much, she should have declined the offer, instead of basicly writing "I HATE YOU" on the Christmas Ornament.

My young niece saw the news of the ornament, and asked "Why did that lady do that." I told her, "She is the Grinch who tried to steal the White House Christmas!"

Posted by: eddie_schirm | December 2, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Moonbats are so narcissistic, irrational and illogical it's no surprise one of them thought this would be the perfect opportunity to advertise their insanity. Really people, when you foam at the mouth about imaginary "war crimes" and demand Geneva Convention protections for terrorists... protections that do not exist.. you just look STUPID. We've tolerated your stupidity for the last 5 years. It's time for you to grow up.

Posted by: wave41 | December 2, 2008 11:55 PM | Report abuse

to: RickvidenSeattle who said:

Being a resident of the district of Saddam's pal Baghdad Jim, this kind of churlish behavior is not surprising. Childish petulance is the norm in this area. Such boorish and loutish conduct is applauded and touted as some jibbering form of “dissent” or “speaking truth to power.” Almost nobody has any idea of what impeachment actually is (they think it means “throw the guy out of office"), and cannot describe anything about the Constitution’s definition of impeachable offenses. They still insist that Bush lied, outed a CIA agent, said the Constitution was a scrap of paper, on and on even though those lies have long been fully debunked. Children loose in the madhouse, and this dope who cuts out magazine bits and makes collages thinks she is an artist of merit. Meh, I have come to expect it around here.

One word...MOVE!

Posted by: bandycoote | December 3, 2008 1:30 AM | Report abuse

Politics in Washington DC???????? Shocking-like gambling in Casablanca! Round up the usual suspects.

Major Renaud

Posted by: fairfieldstreet | December 3, 2008 2:32 AM | Report abuse

Can't we get Rep. Jim McDermott removed from office for this?

Posted by: GEAH | December 3, 2008 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Liberals can't even get a moonbat ornament on the White House Christmas tree. Liberal fail - no surprise.

By the way, the photo of Deborah Lawrence and her ornament is awful. Is the ornament her blouse? Or is it that bowling ball in her hand that she just tossed into the gutter?

Posted by: alanocu | December 3, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

This is worth repeating

Moonbats are so narcissistic, irrational and illogical it's no surprise one of them thought this would be the perfect opportunity to advertise their insanity. Really people, when you foam at the mouth about imaginary "war crimes" and demand Geneva Convention protections for terrorists... protections that do not exist.. you just look STUPID. We've tolerated your stupidity for the last 5 years. It's time for you to grow up.

Posted by: poppytesh | December 3, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Geez. Tacky, tasteless, totally lacking class, this talentless artist is absurdity personified.

Posted by: scnw59 | December 3, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Would you send the Obama's a racist ornament and expect it to be proper?
Posted by: RedBird27 | December 2, 2008 8:04 PM

There you have it, calling for Bush's impeachment for crimes dwarfing Watergate is equivalent to racism.

Posted by: light_bearer | December 3, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Appropriateness, Schmopriateness.
Deceiving us into a war and justifying torture? Most inappropriate. Go Deborah Lawrence - I think Jesus would approve.

Posted by: coakley50 | December 3, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I guess the Bushes can't take a joke, or at the very least, they can't appreciate the artistic process. BTW, who approved the thing in the first place? It couldn't have been the only questionable entry.

Posted by: Matt_the_Knife | December 3, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Forget the content of the ornament -- how about including it as a symbol of free speech in America? It's not partisan or divisive -- it's the self-expression of an artist who was indirectly INVITED BY THE WHITE HOUSE to exhibit. Is it somehow less relevant than a bulb covered in snowflakes and candy canes?

Posted by: romeodawg | December 3, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Heh. I think it will be perfectly appropriate for The Impeachment Tree, though, Mrs. Bush.

.;-))

Posted by: whaleshaman | December 3, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Bush promoted a war on a country that didn't attack us and he is responsible for the torture of hundreds of prisoners held without due process, causing terrorism to proliferate. If bringing Bush to justice isn't consistent with promoting peace in the world (i.e. the Spirit of Christmas), then I don't know what is. Kudos to Lawrence.

Posted by: gildedcobweb | December 3, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's an interview with the artist:

http://www.kirotv.com/video/18191154/index.html

Posted by: jmilstein1 | December 3, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

What a nice ornament. Very few Americans are given a way to directly voice our opposition to the Bush regime directly to the Bush regime. I applaud her taking this rare and creative opportunity.

Posted by: shadowgoose | December 3, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The woman is a Magpie, McDermott is the Mad Hatter, and you Bush-bashers are just plain ignorant. What short memories you have seeing as a majority of Congress approved the Iraq offensive. Even Hillary said she would stop short of apologizing for voting "yea" on it.

And nevermind the fact that Saddam was on a genocidal spree, killing his own county's citizens! What, do you think as he was killing them he was having love thoughts for us?

You dipwads have just elected a man who has pandered to crooks and manipulated the system, throwing even his own mentors under the bus, ever since he was given his first red, white & blue binky by the Chicago Machine. You didn't even see it coming because Chris Matthews was too busy jacking off under his desk to actually do his job of informing the public of these facts. And there is no doubt the word "impeachment" will have racist connotations when we use it in the same sentence as the name Obama.

Still and all, in any left-wing balls should be hung, it should be McDermott strung up by his for letting this Magpie behave with so little tact.

Posted by: ObamasLipsAreMoving | December 3, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Quothe Deborah Lawrence: "Apparently, they didn't read it -- or Laura Bush is more progressive than I believed."

Little Debbie, your monstrosity is to art what "progressives" are to common sense and decency: polar opposites. We know that McDermott, who hired you, is a moonbat and obviously you are as well. Your 15 minutes of notoriety are officially over, so you might want to enroll in one a learn-to-draw correspondence course somewhere.

Posted by: owlcreekobserver | December 3, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

My name is William Joyce.

I was asked to do a Christmas ornament too. I’m from Louisiana and do children’s books, movies and New Yorker covers. I took a similar mischievous yuletide route.

I’d never liked Mr. Bush, but after Katrina my feelings for the president had evolved into a shall we say, dark-gumbo of malignant disdain.

The invitation was ripe with tacky sanctimony and bad taste. The plastic silver ball. Only use the red, white and blue. Do something from your state.

Would Uncle Sam be the tree-topper instead of an angel?

Grim task, this ball painting.
Then I had a sort of out of body sugar-plum-geo-political-mischief vision.

Blue Sky.
White billowy clouds.
Reddish earth of the Mississippi Delta.
And one lone figure.

Who is it? He’s pretty small. Can’t quite make the guy out. Look closer.
Yep. It’s Barak Obama. I figured if they can’t find Bin Laden they won’t spot Obama,.

I wanted to go to the party last night but nobody would go with me. My wife. My kids. My agent. I even asked my friend the novelist Michael Chabon. It was like asking them to go to the proctologist instead of the White House.

That’s O.K. I punked the president. Got in one last lick for my post Katrina pals.

Merry Christmas. Sorta.

Posted by: wjoyce1 | December 3, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Gee, Mr. Joyce, pretty impressive. I'm sure the Obamessiah is holding back the next hurricane by shear force of Hope and Change.

This article (and moreso the original articles comments) really brought out the moonbat hate. Get over it, he's gone in weeks. Nobody to blame then but dems...

Posted by: nochange | December 3, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm atheist, so I don't really care about Christmas trees or ornamnents. This artist (and commenters above) does remind me that I hate liberals and their self-righteousness as much as the fundy nuts who grind their stupid mythology into every cranny of the society.

Hopefully, Mr. Obama will continue to prove smarter that his repellent supporters.

Posted by: cletus1 | December 3, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Deborah Lawrence was given the "honor" of supplying our nation with an ornament that represents the citizens of a district in the great state of Washington, and she instead made a mockery of us. I am ashamed of her, her selfish act, and pray that the rest of the nation understands that Washington State is full of good Americans and not represented by one extremely Vain (so called) artist.

Posted by: lindzgirl143 | December 3, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

This is not an issue of freedom of speech. The artist is classless. And the congressman that chose her, if he doesn't denounce such childish actions at best, or at most, such a display of hate, then he is the same.
And hey, she demeaned my religion by acting this way, is she allowed to spew hatred? Didn't the democrats want a hate crime law passed? Maybe after Obama takes office it can pass and this artist be put away in a gulag.

Posted by: Thom234 | December 3, 2008 11:39 PM | Report abuse

It's a travesty. The ornament (emphasis on ornament) should not be allowed to hang....

However the suggestion to name a sewage plant in the city by the bay after "him" sounded like a good idea.

Posted by: nitpicker55 | December 4, 2008 5:54 AM | Report abuse

It's a tree celebrating the people. Some people sincerely believe this President needs to be impeached. Freedom of expression, fredom of speech, period.

Posted by: rozmarija | December 4, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I see that the "great" state of Washington has a governor that allowed a display from athiests stating their hatred for God and their disdain for Christians and Christmas.  Now we have this "artist" who wants to use Christmas, which celebrates the birth of God's Son, who taught only that we should love God and love others, as a time of hatred.  What a great state you have.  I'll stay in Florida, thank you.

Posted by: djag95 | December 4, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

It's instructive what these comments say about the Democratic party. During the entire Bush tenure, Democrats have been such pitifully sore losers. Now that Obama has won the presidency, they are sore winners too.

The Democratic party used to have idealistic aspirations once. And no doubt many of the people who voted for Obama did believe the rhetoric about hope. Those voters were not the core Democrats (Leftists, or whatever they like to be called). The people applauding Lawrence are just plain mean. They're bitter too.

So, something lovely and innocent like the decorating of a tree becomes an occasion for more hatred. Do these Democrats -- peace lovers -- not wish to "give peace a chance"? They are pacifists for every event taking place on the opposite side of the globe, but they have not one ounce of human kindness to bestow upon their neighbors.

I voted for McCain. My guy lost. But I've "moved on." Would that Obama's supporters could "get over" having won.

Posted by: TheAlice | December 4, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Tacky, simply tacky, in so many ways.

Posted by: LV5B | December 4, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Phukking b!tch, Bush.

Posted by: ecalderon | December 5, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet that nitwit's head is as empty as that stupid creation of hers. Liberals.
Just the dumbest animals on the planet.

Posted by: foobar2 | December 6, 2008 5:36 AM | Report abuse

Luckily, there are 48 other ornaments, motivated by goodwill, to counteract the two ornaments motivated by hate.

Posted by: unclesmrgol | December 6, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

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