breaking (tree) news

Oh drat, the National Christmas tree has fallen over 😦

NYT: High winds whipped through Washington on Saturday, downing power lines in a few places, fueling brush fires and even toppling the National Christmas Tree.

The Christmas tree, a Colorado blue spruce, more than 40 feet tall and nearly 48 years old, had been donated by a family in Pennsylvania … it was moved by the National Park Service in 1978, becoming a permanent fixture on the Ellipse in President’s Park. The tree had no known health problems when it fell, said a Park Service spokesman, Bill Line.

…As part of an annual tradition dating to the Coolidge administration in 1923, the National Christmas Tree is decorated and then lighted by the president in a widely attended, nationally broadcast celebration.

In, em, memory:


11 Responses to “breaking (tree) news”

  1. 1 meta
    February 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Oh, that video is just the sweetest.

  2. 2 P
    February 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Oh no thank God nobody was under or near it especially the first family and yes what a sweet video!

  3. 3 mariele
    February 19, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    The moment with Pres Obama and his daughter…. oh there are truly no words.

  4. February 19, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Oh how sad. But Oh what great memories.

  5. 6 hhannahh
    February 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    ironically, right before i clicked on to this site and saw this news, i was rewatching the tree lighting from december.

    this video, however, is still adorable.

  6. 7 Fred
    February 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    RIP Tree 😦

    the video is cute 🙂 and President and Sasha just so sweet 😀

  7. 8 Obama Proud
    February 20, 2011 at 10:17 am

    That precious family just lights up my heart.

    Thanks Chips!!

  8. 9 VC prezOfan2
    February 20, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Bye, bye tree. Thanks for your years of service. You’ll be missed (for a while). 🙂

  9. 10 EDP4BHO
    February 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    “President Obama hates Christmas; he’s a mooslim”….Faux news watchers /SNARK

  10. 11 Nellcote
    February 21, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    The War on Christmas started early this year. LOL!

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