Thursday, January 10, 2008
Barbara Walters Criticizes White House Card
I know this is a little old news, but I talked about it on the show over the holidays and wanted to post it just for the record...
So, did you hear over the holidays that Barbara Walters criticized the Christmas card she received from the White House this year on ABC's "the View" for having a scripture from the Bible in it?
The card, which was signed by the President and Mrs. Bush, was among a cards Walters talked about a recent episode of the show. She said, “Usually in the past when I have received a Christmas card, it's been 'Happy Holidays' and so on.” But she expressed dismay that President Bush and the First Lady would send out a “religious Christmas card” which read: “You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you,” and closed with: “May the joy of all creation fill your heart this blessed season 2007.”
After reading the card Walters asked, "Does this also go to agnostics, and atheists, and Muslims? Don't you think it's a little interesting that the president of all the people is sending out a religious Christmas card?" But she didn’t seem to mind a Christmas card she received from Elton John and his gay partner David Furnish that had angels on the cover.
Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts on "The View" remarked that the Elton John card was "a religious card, too." To which Walters replied, "But it doesn't say anything religious. It says 'Season's Greetings.'" Later in the show Walters then said, "By the way, I don't want to put down the President of the United States and his wife. I think it's very nice that they sent me a Christmas card." But said she couldn’t ever recall receiving a “religious” Christmas card from the White House.
Well, I’ve received Christmas cards from the President and Mrs. Bush, they are beautiful, and last year’s card featured a Bible verse from Psalms, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
I have to tell you, I think Barbara Walters’ comments were pretty low. What possible reason would anyone have for criticizing publicly, on national TV, a Christmas card you’ve received…unless you don’t agree with its message, were offended by it, or are pushing an agenda? I would like to say to Ms. Walters, “You are a perfect example of those who just don’t get it. Your Swirled Views spoken, especially during the season of 'Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men,' bring division, not unity. But you just don’t get it…do you?”