United States President Barack Obama announced that the White House will set aside tradition and not have a National Christmas Tree in 2009. Obama said that he "did not wish to offend the non-Christians within the country and our Moslem allies with a partisan religious display."
The announcement was greeted with protest by the first daughters, who said that "our daddy better have a tree or Santa won't know where to put our presents! If he doesn't let us have a tree, we refuse to wear the burkhas!"
Winter Ice Queen Michelle Obama agreed with her children, saying that "while good Muslim women must always respect the traditions of their Islamic husbands, this time I must protest. Since I've got servants to vaccuum up the needles, I don't mind having a tree. It will also help by having the pine smell in the house to overpower the odor of his cigarettes and that stupid barbequed goat he always wants to eat."
Even Oprah Winfrey offered an opinion. "if my toady wants to be reelected, he should capitulate to the pagan traditions of the majority and go ahead and have a tree. I didn't buy him the first election so that he could be a one term president!"
In the end, the President gave into his daughter's demands, saying that "having a tree in the White House will be another thing that Bo can hike his leg on, only this time, I think it's appropriate."