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Christmas Colors for the White House: Red, White and Impeach

** 3:20 p.m. This story updated here: White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament. **

(Photo courtesy of Deborah Lawrence)

When Deborah Lawrence got the invitation from the White House, the Seattle-based artist decided to make a lefty political statement.

But she never expected it would hang on the official Christmas tree.

Laura Bush asked members of Congress to pick local painters to decorate ornaments for this year's 20-foot Fraser fir in the Blue Room. The globes (to be unveiled by the first lady tomorrow) are supposed to showcase something special about each congressional district. Washington state's Rep. Jim McDermott contacted a local arts organization, which asked Lawrence, a collage artist, to create the local entry.

"I was at first nauseated, then realized it was an opportunity," said Lawrence, 55, who frequently combines politics and satire in her work and saw this as the perfect way "to highlight Jim McDermott because he's a hero of mine."

The nine-inch ball is covered with swirly red and white stripes -- and, in tiny glued-on text, salutes the Democratic congressman's support for a resolution to impeach President Bush. (Also showcased: Washington state's 1919 labor strike, its suffrage movement and the violent anti-World Trade Organization riots of 1999.) Lawrence sent it off to D.C. in September and was very surprised it was accepted for the tree -- and that she was invited to this afternoon's White House reception for the artists, which she flew to D.C. to attend.

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

Sally McDonough, the first lady's press secretary, said yesterday that hundreds of ornaments were submitted for display and there were no plans to pull Lawrence's artwork or her invitation. But, she said, "it really is too bad. I haven't seen the ornament, but I would hope that no one would take this as an opportunity to be divisive and partisan. There is a time and place for everything, and I don't think this is either."

3:20 p.m. See update here: White House Won't Hang Christmas Impeachment Ornament.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 2, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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When Deborah Lawrence arrives in the White House she will be treated graciously by her hosts, because that is the nature of George W and Laura Bush. Not so, Ms Lawrence, whose ill manners seem to be worn on her sleeve. No doubt she will feel special because she was noticed by the Washington Post. She may have gotten over her nausea but no doubt she has caused the same condition in many of your readers.

Posted by: dhender999aolcom | December 2, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

When Deborah Lawrence arrives in the White House she will be treated graciously by her hosts, because that is the nature of George W and Laura Bush. Not so, Ms Lawrence, whose ill manners seem to be worn on her sleeve. No doubt she will feel special because she was noticed by the Washington Post. She may have gotten over her nausea but no doubt she has caused the same condition in many of your readers.

Posted by: dhender999aolcom | December 2, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I applaud Deborah Lawrence for her courage in celebrating her equally forthright Congressman. Freedom of speech does not take a rest on Christmas. Happy Holidays to all!

Posted by: olukemi | December 2, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I have a modest suggestion for the artist in question: Before you go to the White House, rent the DVD of the movie, "Rendition."

Posted by: diogeron | December 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

To "Gracious" people do not steal elections, subvert the Rule of Law and the judiciary and the Department of Justice, attack and occupy sovereign states for imperialist goals, profit from the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians, order the death/maiming of tens of thousands of our own troops in a war of naked aggression forged in lies, loot the treasury and destroy the futures of America's children, channel fortunes to cronies, attack the Constitution and its protections against tyranny, destroy America's position in world opinion, and so much more. Gracious people don't do these things. Thugs and ghouls do.

Posted by: editwest | December 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Both Ms. Lawrence and Mrs. Bush did the right thing--especially if Mrs. Bush accepted the ornament knowing what it said.

Freedom of speech is our single most important right under the Constitution.

Posted by: fididdlydaily | December 2, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm a very partisan liberal but I'm with the White House spokesman on this. If some country western singer showed up at the Obama White House and started singing about William Ayers, wouldn't it just make him and the republicans look stupid?

Posted by: davidburke3 | December 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I doubt if as many readers were nauseated by Deborah's lovely ornament, as readers were nauseated by the Iraq occupation and the trillions of taxpayer money squandered.

Posted by: frugalist | December 2, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I think it's great that Deborah did something meaningful to her, and that it was accepted. That's what democracy is all about. Go, Deborah!

Posted by: meredk1 | December 2, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Awesome! I think that the right totally misunderestimates our hatred for what their ilk has done to our country...

Posted by: Beka13 | December 2, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Way to go, Deborah Lawrence! Art should make a statement, the more subversive the better. And the Bushes gracious? You gotta be kidding. W comes from a mother who remarked of the Katrina refugees that because they were "underprivileged anyway," living on cots in the Astrodome was "working out well for them." These people are pigs. So, go Deborah! I'd buy one of her ornaments if I knew where she was selling them.

Posted by: lalana | December 2, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

>Posted by: dhender999aolcom: "She will be treated graciously by her hosts, because that is the nature of George W and Laura Bush."

Oh, please. The Bushes hold grudges _forever_. Ms. Lawrence will be treated as an enemy for the rest of her life.

How refreshing that President Obama is so different.

Posted by: BeyondKen | December 2, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I would like to say "DITTO" and "BRAVO" to the comment left by editwest. I could not have said it better.

Posted by: keith6 | December 2, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Only one ornament was made, but if you like her work, you can see more or buy her book DEE DEE DOES UTOPIA via this web page:

Posted by: rrlaw | December 2, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

What bad manners! Almost as bad as lying our country into war, approving torture techniques, and expanding executive power beyond its constitutional limits. Shame on her though.

Posted by: dkutnick | December 2, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Laura was probably high and liked all the swirly.

Posted by: djork | December 2, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Great move Deborah! With any luck at all you can make an ornament in 2009 that includes the text of the verdict for the former Failure-in-Chief's war crime trial in The Hague.

Posted by: off2thetropics | December 2, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

George W. Bush should be hauled in front of a MILITARY FIRING SQUAD and SHOT for TREASON and WAR CRIMES !!!!

Posted by: cl220 | December 2, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This is a microcosm of the last eight years in a nut shell. The inability for the administration to pay attention to detail. fitting

Posted by: tdogjuwan | December 2, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Laura Bush and/or a committee did not review the artists' submissions is a testament to this administration. They wanted to make an impression by simply inviting the submissions, but didn't care enough to actually look at them. I'm glad that someone had the courage and talent to construct an ornament that reflects what most of American thinks.

Posted by: lorryh | December 2, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

dhender999aolcom, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

George W Bush's nature is gracious? Have you paid attention to anything in the last 8 years? The man can't think of anything he did wrong. He can't say he's sorry. He is responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands, tortured in the name of the country that has fought against it, pilfered my grandchildren's future for tax cuts that didn't do what he promised, for a war that will continue to cost billions for years to come, I could go on and on, and you're saying he and his wife are gracious? They are horrible posers who apparently don't see anything wrong with all the wrong they did!

And people like you want to complain about people like this artist, who support doing what the constitution says we should do when the "administration" breaks the laws of the land?

Seriously. I'm amazed that people like you still occasionally stick your heads up from the sand of the beach you ruined with pollution, which will soon be flooded from the rising oceans, in order to lecture someone about MANNERS?

Wow. Talk about epic failure....

Posted by: supak | December 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Silly Sally. EVERY time is the right time to be divisive and partisan. Ask Karl Rove.

Posted by: gjdodger | December 2, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

To dhender999aolcom:

You are of course, correct....but you underestimate the level of denial there presently is in our "American Delusion."

Our "American Dream" has been hijacked, and the double-speak has perverted it to something most of us can't even comprehend...hence the "understanding gulf" you so clearly illustrate in your comments. Ever feel like we are in alternate, parallel, universes? ;-)

You are not alone.....nor wrong. You are only trying to bring a rational objective view to what has become a group psychosis :-o

Keep doing that, eh? If enough of us remind each other that emperor has no clothes, it will eventually become self evident :-)

Posted by: patrickmahoney | December 2, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

>Posted by: dhender999aolcom: "She will be treated graciously by her hosts, because that is the nature of George W and Laura Bush."

Oh, please. The Bushes hold grudges _forever_. Ms. Lawrence will be treated as an enemy for the rest of her life.

How refreshing that President Obama is so different.

Posted by: BeyondKen | December 2, 2008 11:33 AM

Right, like Joe the Plumber is being welcomed into the Obama White House as we speak.

Posted by: seventy2_rocket | December 2, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey dhender99, does the "polite" nature of George W Bush take into account the fact that he started two wars, and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people?

Also, I highly doubt the citizens of New Orleans would have such high regard for the manners of George W Bush.

Thank God he's out of office in 50 days. I won't say he's the worst President in American history, but of modern Presidents, he's the worst of them. At least Nixon had intellect...

Posted by: RichSM | December 2, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

ms Lawrence did exactly the American thing. I understand her nausea: i once had an opportunity to meet Condi, and turned away, as i felt i had nothing to say to her. Later on, I recalled that she works for me, so I shook hands with her and urged her to pull us out of Iraq immediately. Ms. Lawrence embodies the spirit that forged this strong nation before the war criminals admin brought it to its knees.

Posted by: Skye5 | December 2, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I see a lot of liberals parroting the Party Line (steal elections, imperialist, deaths of thousands, destroying the Constitution, ...).

It's good for our side to know that Michael Moore is now rotting away in an unnamed prison cell, that Keith Olberman is being tortured, that Jimmy Carter is confined to his house with a GPS collar, that we now have to get a permit to leave a city, .....

"How refreshing that President Obama is so different."

Just do a quick search for 'obama "under the bus"'. Anybody who gets in his way will find themselves out in the cold.

And GWB didn't spend 20 years at a church that regularly preached hatred of America - then left it when he found out that it wasn't helping his chances.

Posted by: ZZMike | December 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Bush Derangement Syndrome is still alive and well I see.

George W. Bush is a greater man than any of his detractors despite his many flaws, which he has indeed admitted but BDS sufferers will not accept.

Nor will they accept the fact that despite saying Bush and Cheney are malevolent forces with no respect for the Constitution who would sooner declare martial law than cede power, Barack Obama will be inaugurated on Jan. 20th.

I'm sure after a mere 3 months of Captain Rookie they'll be begging for Bush back, but I digress. Better men than the detractors inhabit the White House now, and even after The One takes power, he will still be better than his supporters.

Posted by: bsba07kennedy | December 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you "editwest" for refusing the Kool-Aid. Bush's high crimes cannot be listed fully enough or often enough.

Posted by: tovangar2 | December 2, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of President Bush, but that's just plain tacky.

Posted by: remy142 | December 2, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Morons will be morons, whether in Washington State or the comment section here.

Posted by: JimmieBise | December 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The season looks forward to the future. I look forward to GW Bush defending his actions in a court of law. I certainly hope he is given a chance to explain to the world why he chose to believe lies and chose to gainsay and subvert the law.

Posted by: palnicki | December 2, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse









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

Where can I get one of those ornaments! Since I have been energized this year and have concentrated my r4esources on getting Dems elected,it has been rollercoaster year in politics. This ornament would add to my 2008 political scrapbook.

Posted by: vbteecha99 | December 2, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

So symbolic of this administration's out of touch with reality views. They didn't even bother to actually LOOK at the ornament???? FGS! Way to go Deborah. Another thing slips by W and his cohorts.

Posted by: zen27 | December 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Quote from bsba07kennedy...

I'm sure after a mere 3 months of Captain Rookie they'll be begging for Bush back, but I digress. Better men than the detractors inhabit the White House now, and even after The One takes power, he will still be better than his supporters.

Are YOU for real? I will NEVER, EVER be begging back that corrupt, incompetent jerk into the White House. You really need to step away from the pipe. I'm not certain what you are smoking, but the American people said they have had enough of W and Cheney. Good riddings!

Posted by: zen27 | December 2, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Lawrence is as brave as she is talented. That she could bring herself to participate in an event that supports any agenda of an administration that she finds so detestable speaks to her determination to inform through art. She has created a beautiful subversive little bauble of a thought bomb. Interestingly, this bauble merely applauds those who have come before her. They too, stood up and said things that needed to be heard. What I find so unusual is that none of the other invited artists had the conscience and/or fortitude to do anything similar. I guess Deborah is just more focussed on her convictions.

Posted by: towstego | December 2, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Davidburke3. I too am liberal, voted for Obama and have had a hard time stomaching the last eight years of onslaught at the hands of Bush and his cronies. But, there is a time for manners and social graces, and this would be one of them.

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

Forget impeachment, these guys Bush/Cheney must be in prison long ago. But they are street-smart... Anyway, Deborah Lawrence, great artwork!

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

Wonder what the Bushes did with that delightfully soft toilet tissue I sent them several Christmases ago, rolls nicely imprinted with the Bill of Rights?

But then, I guess we know.

Posted by: jimbo617 | December 2, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Editwest (11:21 AM): You are correct. George W. and Laura Bush are gracious people, and they did none of the things you name.

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

Go Deborah, beautiful ornament and necessary message. Manners and social graces??? How about The Truth Shall Set You Free. It's truly evident that Deborah's wishes, my wishes, and the wishes of millions of Americans will not be carried out by moving forward on the Wish on this ornament, but I am still hoping for this Wish. Bush should be held accountable for his actions/inactions as any other American would be. If anything is taken by the Bush's from the White House to their new home in Texas, I hope this will be the object in their suitcase. A reminder he has a home to go to, posessions to possess, continued free healthcare, security, 3 women still on his side and more than likely his freedom.

Posted by: francinebeck | December 2, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I've been trying for 8 years got get some of the agitated leftist locutors to explain precisely which of the rights protected in the Constitution have been "shredded" by the Bush administration. I've received lots of answers, but none of them cogent or remotely convincing. I've lost more liberty in the last 2 months of government business-buying than in the preceding years of the Bush administration, during which time the administration ably defended the nation from attackers, and ably defended the autonomy of the Executive branch from an cynical assault by Democrats in Congress. I lost a lot more liberty during the Clinton years, as the national government turned my social security number into a national ID (something it's founders promised would never happen,) placed traceable sensors into scrip and automobiles, and opened backdoors into bank accounts.

And let me issue a friendly warning to leftists: if you want intelligent people to take you seriously, stop calling the Supreme Court's decision settling a minor point of Florida election law "stealing the election." It makes you sound genuinely ignorant, not to mention dismissive of the rule of law. The truth is that the election would not have been close if Vice President Gore had been halfway competent, and that he has nobody to blame for losing the election but himself. It's it time he grew up and admitted this?

Posted by: PlumbBobBlog | December 2, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

That ornament is headed to the back of the tree.

Posted by: rgmwdc | December 2, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Like it or not there are many people in this country who like the Bush family and their politics...The criticism of his integrity is the elite media's doing. He did what he thought was right and that is that.
The media in this country is corrupt and one sided. If it had not been; you would not have the popularity of such talk show pundits as Rush, Hannity and the like. Many people asked for their voice to be heard over the left wing media. Rush Limbaugh was a result. That is why they exist....That is still the way it is today. Left wingers just believe everything the media says especially if it is some Hollywood star saying it.... The extreme left is unrealistic and shallow when it comes to their criticism of the right. It is like kids on a play yard...They like to call each other "dumb"...

Posted by: shirmak | December 2, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Shame on Deborah Lawrence! To echo Mrs. Bush's press secretary 'there is a time and a place'. A lot of what is wrong in our country stems from not knowing the proper when and where. I wish George Bush all the best. While we might not agree with every decision, I believe that he always acted with our country's best welfare in mind. He and Laura Bush are gracious human beings. I can't say the same for Deborah Lawrence.
Christmas is not about politics. Believe it or not, Christmas is not about shopping either!

Posted by: swehrlymi | December 2, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, they didn't even look at the ornament before this news broke.

The Bush administration, complete and utter incompetence 'til the end.

Posted by: seriesoftubescleaner | December 2, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"I would hope that no one would take this as an opportunity to be divisive and partisan. There is a time and place for everything, and I don't think this is either."

The times and places to be divisive and partisan include:
immediately after the most horrific acts of terroristic mass murder -- that were not only predictable but had actually been predicted (which you utterly ignored);
while facing and then undergoing worst-in-a-century financial collapses caused by the very policies you espoused and enacted;
after catastrophic storms -- again, fully predictable and predicted;
when under increasing environmental threats to literally millions of human beings, again caused by your own actions and lack thereof;
and, of course, *especially* when trying to pin the blame for one's own massive, wretched, utter failures on everyone but oneself;
Everyone knows that.

Posted by: smartalek | December 2, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

We love Deborah Lawrence! She makes Washington state very proud.

As for this conversation:

Deborah is a thoughtful, highly regarded artist participating in the international contemporary art community. She was asked to make an ornament. She made one. She was invited to the White House. She went. I think any contemporary American artist would jump at the chance to do these two things. And they would do it THEIR way, just as Deborah did.

I think this is a great project, and I am impressed with Laura Bush's decision to leave the artist selection process to the professionals, rather than manhandling every ornament. With a president as disastrous as her husband, she must have considered that a dissenting ornament was a possibility. In taking this risk, she clearly values the integrity of the project over a politically homogeneous Christmas tree. Applause.

Susanna Bluhm

Posted by: gettingtoknowyoubetter | December 2, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

to seventy2_rocket:

why on Gods green earth should the fraud, unlicensed plumber, too stupid to understand our own American tax code, who pretended to be an undecided when he was really a republican, who milked his 15 of fame for some recording contract be anywhere NEAR the People's House?

Bush forever shamed our country by making us torturers, no better than the Imperial Japanese, and deserves far worse than a socially-awkward moment.

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 2, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, all bets are off with this miserable bush administration.

bush has done everything wrong, INTENTIONALLY, it seems, and now we're supposed to hold hands, sing "White Christmas" and drink non-alcoholic eggnog with him like nothing has happened?

Sorry, (actually I'n NOT) I agree with Deborah; she made a beautiful ornament to hang on the tree and showed up and was gracious! Is she supposed to genuflect to herr bush or be herself? After all, the White House invited her, and she's a progressive artist!

Posted by: acacia72 | December 2, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

That's a !#$%@ cheapshot. Even if GWB is your political opponent, he is open enough to have regular citizens dressing up his residence. The "artist" is spoiled, unappreciative citizen. Jim McDermott should personally apologize to the Bushes.

Posted by: newwebid | December 2, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The reason the liberal bedwetting moonbats suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome are so fanatical in their hatred for him is because they can't stand that he actually liberated 50 million Brown Skinned poor Iraqi's.

The nerve of that man.

Posted by: 12198 | December 2, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh PlumbBobBlog, you sound so authoritative by manipulating language, using words like 'agitated leftist''cogent' and 'autonomy of the executive branch.' But none of this changes the fact that W inherited "a balanced budget, big surpluses, a military that is second to none, a country at peace with its neighbors" (W's' words) and left it with none of these things.
Here's a word for you: "fiasco."

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 2, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Its these intolerant liberals with their over the top hatred for anyone that is good that is causing normal people to quit reading liberal rags full of hate.

Posted by: 12198 | December 2, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Its these intolerant liberals with their over the top hatred for anyone that is good that is causing normal people to quit reading liberal rags full of hate.

Posted by: 12198

ROTFL was this written by a child? people quit reading 'liberal rags full of hate' because of a little thing called the INTERNET. as they say: hate the sin, not the sinner.

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 2, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

and by the way, 12198. Did W ASK those 50 million brown-skinned people if they were willing to sacrifice 100,000 of their loved ones for privilege of being "freed"?

i think not.

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 2, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I am a 4th generation democrat and am ashamed at the lack of manners that Deborah Lawrence has.

Posted by: allie4 | December 2, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

towstego -- If Ms. Lawrence was such a brave soul, she would spend her time in China, Burma or North Korea using her art to protest each regimes' treatment of their citizens. Now that would be true bravery. She risked nothing by the actions described in the article. To the contrary she received praise from most of the people posting in this thread. Please let me know if she is arrested, tortured or in any way adversely affected by the State for her art.

Posted by: cincy1 | December 2, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It's a terribly twee ornament from a terribly twee artist.

Posted by: Trillian | December 2, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

All you Obamarroids sound like recordings, without an original thought in your brain.

You wouldn't know decorum if somebody painted an arrow pointing to it.


Posted by: lweaton1 | December 2, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I hate to disappoint you all, but there will be NO trials of Bush and Cheney.

Unless you want Bill Clinton and most of the United States Senate -- yes, ALL OF THEM VOTED FOR THE WAR -- to go on trial, too. (The Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 is a United States Congressional statement of policy calling for regime change in Iraq. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.)

Whoever believes you ignorant people will be able to run this country is a fool.

You people are fools.

You don't even realize that Our Lord and Savior has already gone back on about ten things he promised you he'd do.

Posted by: lweaton1 | December 2, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

So let see if I get this straight-the White House requests ornaments for a huge tree and some marginal artist decides that it was too much of a political opportunity to pass up? I have a 10' tree and it holds 1,000 ornaments. Do you really think every ornament is going to be studied?If the questionable artist wanted to make a statement why not enlarge the writing?It was childish and shows disrespect of the offer from the White House.

Posted by: CozyCake | December 2, 2008 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Her actions were just a reflection of her lack of class. What a shame her parents never instilled in her the need for proper behavior.

Posted by: OldSarg | December 2, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I am assuming that you, cincy1, are yourself willing to go to the countries mentioned in your post and protest the injustices there. Let's see if we can raise the money to get you an air ticket. Anybody?

Deborah is willing to put herself in the line of fire, as you have noticed (and taken aim), for her beliefs and has done so very creatively. How many others are that brave?

Posted by: towstego | December 2, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

FYI - Representative Jim McDermott is a liberal spender and wants to change the tax code so you can no longer deduct your 401k and IRA deductions. And this is someone's' hero?


Posted by: imjmn | December 2, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't they just commission Thomas Kinkaid, "painter of de-light" to make an ornament. It would be all pretty and not cause such a stir.

Deborah is an artist and has the ball(s) to pull it off. I'm very proud of her.

I among others want to know where we can get one. a boxed set of 12 perhaps?

Posted by: clockguy | December 2, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine received a request, from Laura Bush, to create a Holiday ornament for the White House Christmas tree last year. He was tormented, he hates the Neo-Cons. But he made it, just didn't go the the gala and dosen't list it on his resume'.

Posted by: thibodeaux41 | December 2, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Choose your battles wisely for there is a time and place for everything. Staying true to form, all of the thumb-sucking Obama-drones and lefty lemmings not surprisingly have the wherewithall to always shoot from the hip thus diminishing any ounce of credibility you might gain from your actions. What's so desperately wrong with our once-great Country today? Look in the mirror and be proud of the admirable job you've done and continue to do in flushing all of us down the crapper....

Posted by: chucksierra | December 3, 2008 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Funny, how everyone that reads the post all of a suddens just blames bush for going into Iraq, when all the popular democrats signed it too. Stop crying about the war spending, we just bailed out greedy liberal policies with a trillion dollars. Stop talking about Katrina, the Mayor and Governor were Democrats. Fema doesn't do evacuations and isn't responsible for them. Its the constitution, stupid!!!! Look the difference when the Hurricanes came in this past Summer, my boy Jinadal was ready and even our favorite mayor Ragin came through with flying colors. Obama will fail, he is going to send this country on the wrong path with all those clintons in his cabinet.

Posted by: godpere | December 3, 2008 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure Deborah Lawrence will be easy to recognize at the gathering for the artists. She will be the classy woman wearing the "Buck Fush" t-shirt.

Posted by: GEAH | December 3, 2008 3:12 AM | Report abuse

It's unfortunate that Deborah Lawrence couldn't prepare a decorated ball for Bill. You know, a decoration commemorating Oval Office fellatio. His balls were hung out to dry, then impeached.

Save the decorated balls of "fail" for the holiday house party.

Posted by: alanocu | December 3, 2008 5:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I knew BO preyed on the poor and uneducated to get where he's at, I just didn't know so many of you blogged on this site!

Freedom of Speech is one of our great freedoms and even so called artists with poor taste have that same right; our brave service people are fighting right now for her to keep those rights - a fact many of you here don't seem to get.

Thank you to President and Mrs. Bush for bringing morals back to the White House after the sleazy Clinton years and thank you for keeping us safe. God Bless you both.

Posted by: IGetIt | December 3, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

You get it?!? George Bush was a curse on this country. Shame on you too.

Ask an admiral:

"Barack Obama should act from the moment of his inauguration to restore a U.S. image battered by allegations of torturing terrorism suspects, said [the] group of retired military leaders. . . .

"'We need to remove the stain, and the stain is on us, as well as on our reputation overseas,' said retired Vice Adm. Lee Gunn, former Navy inspector general."

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 3, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Your ignorance is shocking chucksierra. You control the levers of power for 14 years and then decry the country's going 'down the crapper' on lefty lemmings and Obama-drones.

what a coward.

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 3, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The comments here decrying Lawrence's work as lacking in civility are off the mark, and not because her political views happen to be correct. It's simple: Laura Bush invited artists to offer their contributions. She asked for art, and she got art. If she wanted something else, she should have asked someone else. Anyone who expects artists' work to be uniformly "gracious" doesn't know a thing about art.

Posted by: geoff4 | December 3, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Bush haters - Your intolerance is showing. Before you continue to show your ignorance regarding the war and a myriad of other things regarding the Bush administration, please READ the book 'Sadam's Secrets' by Georges Sada, Sadam's top genneral and confidante during the first and second Iraq Wars. To futher educate yourselves, read the books by WOMEN who lived under Sadam and his henchmen...'Now They Call Me Infidel' by Nonie Darwish and 'Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America' by Brigitte Gabriel. Not only will your opinions about America be challenged, but your may even learn WHY Bush went to war, the many precautions he took and where the WMDs were taken by Sadam. Amazing what the media can do. so, before you take mosre shots at the Bush administration, inform yourself. Try to look through your veil of hatred for the facts. The pettiness and ignorance of Deborah Lawrence and her cheerleaders is pitifully misguided.

Posted by: nlousy | December 3, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

nlousy, thanks for the wacko reading list; i think most of us prefer more neutral sources. whats really pathetic is you're only able to defend one pillar of the many arguments going against Bush! you've got nothing on Katrina or the economy. where are these facts? sad.

Posted by: Vizier6 | December 3, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Lawrence not only has no manners, I don't think she's much of an "artist" either. (I looked at her website.) I suspect that Ms. Lawrence was chosen specifically for her views, which says something about the Seattle art scene. It's a tired cliche that all artists are left-wing. The little coteries, perhaps. Artists like Ms. Lawrence are leftist, of course, in their self-referential miniscule universe. But a real artist would have made a beautiful, more complex and meaningful artifact. You know, meaning for human beings, not just "our cool little private club." I'd like to think that most genuine artists don't act like jerks either.

I'm an artist. I'm so tired of people like this woman ruining the reputation of the art world. I've seen the type and its "nauseating," all right. Attitude instead of ability. My diagnosis is that Ms. Lawrence's nausea is entirely self-inflicted.

I hope she's pleased with herself. That's all it was ever about, after all. Me, me, me.

Laura Bush has more class than all the flakey artists of Seattle put together. What an elegant lady, Laura Bush. God bless her.

Posted by: TheAlice | December 3, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Okay so what has been accomplished by this? 15 minutes of national fame?If you are anti-Bush decline the offer to make an ornament and let some other artist make one and be tickled pink to have it on their resume.

Posted by: fennyjillius | December 3, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It is truly how low some people stoop when they are desperate. All Ms. Lawrence did was doing was looking for her 15 minutes of fame because her awards and business have been far and few these past five years or so. I would love to see how everyone is reacting now that the president elect is backing out of a whole bunch of his election being that he now sees it will still take time to get out of Iraq. His campaign team made him out to be a messiah and he gave people hope. Now he is bringing the old Clinton people back....what change is that? He has made many, many promises and people are counting on them to come true. Will Ms. Lawrence create a new ornament when he can't deliver?

Posted by: Jodim112 | December 3, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I have never been afraid of Mr. Obama... I am afraid of people like this artist that actually thinks that she is clever and informed....I have been blessed as to the ability to see both sides of most arguments, but I have never been as rude towards either side as this dimwitted artist is. I see so many of you that fall into her catagory...You think you are clever and informed when if you would take a breath and really use your GOD given brain, you would then see that most all of your (knowns) are actually just things that you heard, they sounded witty, so you pass them on, with absolutely no effort used to verify, or prove your point....The day is coming quickly that you witty people will be crying loudly asking for the doers, ( the people you hate) for help

Posted by: trescocon | December 4, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: ilruiz | December 4, 2008 8:16 AM | Report abuse

In the South she would be called a person whose "Mama didn't teach her how to behave in polite company"....I would call her a "tacky little hussy with no upbringing".

Posted by: smannmbs | December 4, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

"Christmas is not about politics. Believe it or not, Christmas is not about shopping either!"


"Laura Bush asked members of Congress to pick local painters to decorate ornaments for this year's 20-foot Fraser fir in the Blue Room. The globes (to be unveiled by the first lady tomorrow) are supposed to showcase something special about each congressional district."

So if it's not about politics, why did L-Bush go to the politicians to get her tree ornaments? As First Lady she has instant access to the thousands of arts organizations that are in the US.
Did she do this? No. She went with what was probably the winning "staff intern" idea — get the Congress to find our ornaments. This is the busy time of our year. We don't have time for that. We have to pack up this place.

Reminds me of the wonderful Cindy McCain "family recipes" send-up. One more "OOPS" moment in what, at first, seemed to be an insignificant (aka let the intern do this) part of a political photo ops moment.

Posted by: bobzaguy | December 4, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

To Roxanne and Amy,

One more note. How many ornaments are on the tree? Isn't it interesting how the attention falls to this one woman -- and not because of the artistic merit of what she made (does it even have artistic merit?) but solely because she went out of her way to insult her host. I notice that its artistic merit isn't discussed ... which vacancy makes me think that even the left wing media isn't finding much "art" in her little project.

Not only has her rudeness become the issue, but all the other artists are consequently ignored. Is the decoration of the White House Christmas tree truly a news story? (I think a gifted writer could find interesting stories in the event.) The positive story -- the genuine art story -- has been ignored. We know nothing about the other ornaments, the other artists who contributed. Surest way to be ignored in the "art world" is to make something beautiful.

It tells something not just about Ms. Lawrence, but about the media. And it explains why I generally ignore newspapers these days.

This brouhaha about Lawrence insults all the others artists, the people who made real Christmas ornaments. Evidently, those people and their artwork didn't matter.

It took me a while to realize it. One has become so accustomed to the way the media operates today. But the real story is the one that wasn't told. The story that the press ignored.

Posted by: TheAlice | December 4, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I've decided bobzaguy is actually bobzaboob and that discription matches many of the posters here, rabid tunnel vision is a requirement for the lefties on this site. Repeating the daily and yearly left talking points don't make them truths. Spouting suppositions and assumptions that fit your world view don't make them truths either.

Deborah Lawrence plain and simply just showed how low-class she really is, it is dispiriting to watch how low some will go.

Just like some of the posters here!

You should be ashamed of yourself...

Posted by: keno2 | December 4, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The ornament (and I use the term loosely) is amateurishly designed and sloppily crafted. The artist (again, loose use of the term) misunderstood the commission and ended up making a fool of herself and her misguided views, causing another embarrassment of the Democratic party.

God Bless America and God Bless Our President George W. Bush!!! AMEN!!!

Posted by: LV5B | December 4, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

What will W do without all that free booze?

Posted by: LAThinker | December 5, 2008 1:03 AM | Report abuse

Go, Deb! w00t!!!

In the spirit of the holidays, I suggest that we all send The Shrub a piece of coal.

Posted by: ecalderon | December 5, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Here’s what’s funny about the nitwits criticizing Lawrence as a lousy artist: Their argument isn’t even backed up by Laura Bush. When she asked for art, she got it, and she accepted it. If she’d had any aesthetic problems with it, she could have turned down Lawrence’s ornament earlier. But she didn’t. She approved it, as a work of art. It may not be a masterpiece, but for a tree ornament its appearance is just fine. Sadly, Lawrence’s ornament got pulled only when someone pointed out its political message (which, undeniably, a significant and growing share of Americans happens to think is valid). The White House’s initial acceptance of the ornament seems laughably typical of this administration’s dishonest aims, general ineptness and lack of attention to detail. And the official censure, however late, is even less surprising, considering the Bush White House’s consistent refusal to tolerate criticism, scrutiny or contrary viewpoints. Merry Christmas to all, and to all the Bushes: Good night!

Posted by: geoff4 | December 5, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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