It’s amazing what makes headline news nowadays.
President Barack and Michelle Obama’s Christmas card selection.
Yup. Headline news.
Because former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin, has come to officially criticize its selection as “odd” since it emphasizes Obama’s family dog, Bo, and as such, we can assess that the first family and specifically, President Obama, elevates canines over “family, faith, and freedom.”
I hope this doesn’t sound awkward, elite, or boastful:
Minhee and I also received the official White House Christmas card couple weeks.
When I first opened the card, I was secretly hoping it included a gift card from Target but I digress. When I first opened the card, I analyzed the card as I do every single Christmas card I receive since it’s very helpful for me to make judgments and analysis about that person.
So, I thought I’d join in the party and share with you 8 things I learned about President Obama from my observations and analysis of the official White House Card:
- The 1st family must oppose human beings because there’s no sign of human beings in that picture. I knew it: He’s an alien!
- Wow. Even their dog is black! I knew it: He hates white people!
- Lots of red colors and red tint in the card. I knew it: He’s a communists or at least, a socialist!
- Occupy that room.
- Where’s the Bible? If there’s one on the shelf, why isn’t it prominently placed on the table? I knew it: He hates our religious heritage.
- Where’s the picture of the White Jesus above the fireplace? I knew it: He’s a Muslim and hates Jesus!
- Is that an Oriental rug? I knew it: He hates Asians!
- Where’s the American flag? I knew it: He’s not American!
You have any analysis? Did I miss anything?
As a staunch independent voter, I have no deep affection for any political affiliations but I’ve committed personally to pray for our civic leaders.
Obviously, Minhee and I don’t know the first family personally. Barack and I aren’t texting friends. Our kids don’t play together. But I’ve had the privilege (and burden) to be at the White House twice over the past couple years because while I have my occasional bouts of cynicism over politics, I know that politics are important because it informs policies which ultimately, impact people – and I fear, people that are often under-represented.
I don’t have anything against Sarah Palin and honestly, if I could pick a handful of people to spend the day with, she’d definitely be on that list. I’d love to spend a weekend in Alaska fishing and hunting with her. And as I’ve shared before, I really like Sarah Palin – but not for President.
But the point that I’m trying to make here is that it’s amazing how our views, judgments, and biases inform us in such a way that it has the dark capacity to nearly influence how we see a person, circumstance, and situation.
When you dislike someone, it doesn’t matter what “good” they do or intend…we’ll find a way to be critical. We’ll find the ugly.
How do I know this?
I look in the mirror and I see my personal depravity.
My hope for this upcoming year is “Hate Less. Love More.”
Let’s keep working towards love; listening; eating together; working together. Lets’ remember: We are bound to one another.