Obama urging Congress to officially postpone Christmas for two weeks
December 3, 2009 35 Comments
President to move Christmas to 1/8/10- cites decline in consumer spending
Washington D.C. – President Obama met with members of the National Holiday Committee earlier today to allegedly discuss the official postponing of Christmas this year until January 8, 2010. The President, and many of his chief financial advisors, feel that the two week delay should provide the economy with a much needed jolt heading into the new year. The theory is that by allowing those Americans who are still employed to collect another paycheck, they would spend more on gifts for the holidays. This would in effect, extend the holiday shopping season well into next month.
Given the controversial nature of such a decision its understandable why the President had been trying to keep the plans a secret. Especially, when you consider that Obama would be the first President to ever request a delay of a national Holiday. The President has reportedly made it clear that all he wants to do is delay the gift-exchange portion of the holiday, and not Jesus Christ’s birthday. However, news of the possible Christmas move is already rubbing some Americans the wrong way.
Most of the President’s opposition is bound by the common idea of not wanting government to intervene into their religious and festival affairs, especially on the day of their savior’s birth. “This is unconstitutional and down right offensive, the government has no power to reschedule Jesus’ birthday like that,” said James Tooker, a concerned citizen at an Pro-Xmas rally. He later added, “I mean, if Jesus and his buddies needed a couple extra bucks, you know… I don’t think he’d ask Obama to move his birthday two weeks.” Another pro-Xmas supporter present at the rally was Gail Stevens, who was holding up a sign that read- MOVIN’ X-MAS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. When she was asked to point to the exact clause in the Constitution where it is stated that Obama cannot move Christmas, the woman declared, “you want a specific clause huh?… how ’bout Santa Clause — I don’t think his name having the word clause in it is any coincidence.” The movement to keep Christmas unchanged seems to be gaining momentum as FoxNews announced today that it will be organizing numerous “grassroots” pro-Xmas protesting events in the upcoming weeks.
Despite the strong sentiments of the Pro-Xmas-ers there are others who just don’t really care if Christmas was changed. As Joel Goldstein told USO recently, “I don’t really care what he does with Christmas, as long as Obama doesn’t change Hanukkah.” Goldstein added, “Oyfen himmel a yarid— I think Obama knows better than to mess with Hanukkah. I mean, it would be a nightmare to move an eight day holiday, not like Christmas, its one day, he moves it and he’s done, that’s it.”
There are other arguments for moving Christmas to next year that are not rooted in religion or economics. Some people just like the idea of celebrating Christmas twice next year. While others simply see Christmas asan annual mass consumption holiday where Americans are blindly driven into a buying frenzy by retailers and don’t really care when the official holiday is. Obama has yet to speak publicly on his plans to change Christmas, but is expected to do so this weekend.
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