|*White House Won't Hang Christmas
Deborah Lawrence and her ornament (Photo courtesy
of Deborah Lawrence)That controversial ornament
calling for President Bush's impeachment? Won't hang
in the White House after all.
"Oh, dear," said Seattle-based artist Deborah
Lawrence, who created the red and white ornament
that salutes Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and his
support for a resolution to impeach the president.
"This doesn't really surprise me. But it's disappointing
that I won't get to see it on the tree."
Laura Bush asked all members of Congress to pick
artists from their districts to decorate ornaments,
presumably highlighting local landmarks and heroes.
Lawrence, 55, used the opportunity to honor
McDermott, a strong critic of Bush. The collage artist
glued tiny text on the nine-inch ball thinking no one
would actually read her embedded "subversive"
But Lawrence shared her secret protest with friends,
and the news quickly spread. "An artist doesn't
always get this kind of attention," she told us. "It took
on a life of its own, obviously. In a way, I'm
Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for the first lady,
confirmed the ornament would not be displayed. "It's
inappropriate and it's not being hung," she said. She
said that when asked about the issue yesterday, the
White House tree decorations were not complete. "We
reviewed the ornament along with all the [other]
ornaments, and Mrs. Bush deemed it inappropriate for
the holiday tree."
Lawrence attended the White House reception for the
artists yesterday ("They let us in") but didn't get a
chance to chat with the hostess.
By The Reliable Source | December 2, 2008; 2:50 PM ET
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*Courtesy: Washington Post 12/2/8
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