December 8th, 2012
07:30 PM ET

Letters to the President #1419: 'A quiet Saturday'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is presumably preparing for Christmas in some fashion. I mean, even if you live in the White House, you must hang a little garland or drape some tinsel, don’t you think?

Dear Mr. President,

What a lovely day. The sunshine, the moderate temperature, and everything else since the sun rose has simply been excellent. If I had not been here to enjoy it, I would be jealous of myself. Ha!

Once again we are attempting to complete some of our Christmas decorations this weekend, and I must say my hopes are not terribly high. Though I started off all fire and sparks a couple of weeks ago, the setbacks we’ve encountered have tempered my optimism. Oh, I’m sure by the time we are done the house will be suitably draped in lights and greenery. The tree will be glorious, I will somehow get all the lighted figurines that adorn our yard to stand up straight and not tip wildly in the wind, and we will (at least briefly) force the dog into a ridiculous Santa suit.

Still, like I said a few days ago, even if we somehow fall short in our preparations, I am already so happily steeped in the spirit of the season I don’t suppose I will mind.

We have returned, by the way, to the idea of ordering a Turducken for our Christmas dinner. We have never enjoyed one of these delicacies before, so I realize we will be taking a risk if we go down that road. We might pop this Franken-turkey into the oven for four hours, yank it out, and find ourselves running from the table screaming at the hideousness. But I doubt it.

See, even though we are quite dedicated to our traditions, this year we are trying to update a good many things. We’ve changed some decorations around. We’re altering our calendar of when we do certain things. (For example, my green, red, and graham cracker dessert may appear as early as next week instead of on Christmas Eve. Can you imagine?) And we’re rewriting the menu of our meals.

We’re not changing everything, of course, but we are moving enough things around and making enough adjustments to account for some of the delays in implementation that I have mentioned. Bottom line: If you drive by and notice that a strand of bulbs is a tad out of place or that we have wreaths in only half the windows, please be patient. This Christmas is a work in progress. And at least we are enjoying the heck out of it.


December 8th, 2012
02:57 AM ET

SCOTUS same-sex marriage reaction

Jeffrey Toobin says "Same-sex marriage is now the center of the American legal world." Supreme Court ruling expected by June 2013.

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December 8th, 2012
02:53 AM ET

KTH: U.N. Disability treaty

Opponents of the U.N. disabilities treaty say it could change U.S. law. We're Keeping them Honest.

Filed under: Congress • Keeping Them Honest • United Nations