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There are No Atheists in Election Years

Or going into them:

President Barack Obama said in a speech delivered Thursday evening that Americans should ponder the words of Jesus Christ this Christmas season and make their actions conform to them.

“So long as the gifts and the parties are happening, it’s important for us to keep in mind the central message of this season, and keep Christ’s words not only in our thoughts, but also in our deeds.”

Obama was speaking on the Ellipse in front of the White House at the ceremony for the lighting of the national Christmas tree.

-- CNS News, via the Weasel Zippers blog today.

But here's a quick flashback to some very different stories from the administration's earlier, funnier days, back before they headed for the bunker:

“Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) tells People magazine in the issue out Friday that he and his wife, Michelle, do not give Christmas or birthday presents to their two young daughters.”

– The Politico, July 24, 2008

“When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas’ — hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.”

– The New York Times’ profile of Desirée Rogers, the former Obama White House social secretary, December 4th, 2009.

“No Churchgoing Christmas for the First Family.”

Time magazine headline, December 23, 2009.

Of course, Al Gore would argue that components of the Vast Right-Wing Media Conspiracy such as Time, the Politico and the New York Times had it in for the president right from the start, but that's a subject for a different post.