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No More 'Christmas in Washington': After 33 Years the Show Has Been Canceled

First lady Michelle Obama, second from right, and her mother Marian Robinson join singers Demi Lovato, from left, Chris Mann and other performers, during the Annual Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

That’s it. No more “Christmas in Washington.” After 33 year years and 5 administrations, the live Christmas concert has been canceled:

After last year’s show, hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, TNT announced that it would no longer broadcast the Christmas special, ending a 15-year partnership with veteran producer George Stevens Jr. and his son, Michael. The Stevenses, who had just been ousted as the producers of the Kennedy Center Honors gala, said they were in search of a new broadcast partner.

But a new network sponsor was never found, and according to the Stevens Co., the 2014 broadcast was the last.

This tradition started in 1982, when Ronald Reagan was president. Other presidents made sure that it was continued. That is: until Barack Obama. From now onwards, Americans will have to do without this great tradition.

It’s remarkable that the event has been canceled because no sponsor was found. You’d think that Obama — with his contacts in the business and entertainment world — would be able to find someone with great ease, but that’s apparently not the case. Perhaps it’s just not a priority to the 44th president. He has far more important things to do, such as combating a non-existing enemy called “global warming.” Or “climate change.” Or whatever else liberals prefer to call it nowadays.