By Judy Kurtz - 11/30/11 11:46 PM EST
It’s that time of year when Christmas trees start going up around Washington.
President Obama and the first family will be on hand for Thursday’s televised lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse. And next week, House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World In House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills MORE (R-Ohio) will do the honors as the Capitol Christmas tree, a 65-foot white fir from California, is lit.
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulMillion-dollar super-PAC donation coming for Libertarian ticket Adelson aides in talks to make pro-Trump super PAC GOP senators move to keep women out of military draft MORE said without hesitation, “Live. Got to be a live Christmas tree.” But the Kentucky Republican then disclosed how his family once was duped after cutting down a colorful spruce, exclaiming, “We had it up, it was one of our first trees, and it fell over. We discovered that it had been spray-painted green, and we had gone out and done the authentic experience. Sometimes they spray them to make them look a little better. It was really a great-looking green tree, though.”
While Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Landrieu oil is changing the world and Washington Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Republican announces bid for Vitter’s seat MORE (D-La.) also dislikes those artificial trees, her idea of a supreme shrub might not exist in nature: “A great tree is a fresh tree that has a wonderful scent and aroma that will last even if you fail to water it. I haven’t seen one of those yet, but I’m hoping to find one.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenSenate fight brews over Afghan visas Senators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Overnight Defense: Pentagon denies troops on Syrian front lines | Senators push for more Afghan visas MORE (D-N.H.) gave a perfectly politically correct response when ITK inquired about a shrub Santa would approve of, saying with a smile, “One from New Hampshire, of course!”
No matter which state it’s from, bachelor Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) said a tree is only a success “When your kids say, ‘Wow!’ ”
But Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsDems: Warren ready to get off sidelines Dems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Wildlife crime bill deserves unanimous consent in Congress MORE (D-Del.) wins the award for the most Hallmark-worthy response: “What makes a perfect Christmas tree? One that you pick out as a family, decorate as a family and have a chance to celebrate as a family.”