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Winds topple National Christmas tree

By DOUG THOMPSON
February 20, 2011

The National Christmas Tree is seen with the White House in the background after U.S. President Barack Obama and his family helped light it, in Washington December 9, 2010. REUTERS/Molly Riley

Even Mother Nature has had it with politics in Washington.

On Saturday, high winds brought down America’s Christmas tree, snapping the 47-year-old, 42-foot high Colorado blue spruce near its base and sending it toppling to the ground on the Ellipse near the White House.

“We’re glad that there were no injuries,” National Park spokesman Bill Line told Washington TV station WRC.

Line said don’t worry.  A new tree will be in place by next Christmas.

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3 Responses to Winds topple National Christmas tree

  1. Carl Nemo

    February 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    The ancient druids would consider this a bad omen arising the need for sacrifice to appease “Badhh-Be-bad” the god of the wind and calls for a “wicker man” to be filled with politicians and so be lit. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

    • woody188

      February 21, 2011 at 9:24 pm

      LOL, sounds like a ritual that needs to be resumed. Does a tree always have to fall or can we just do it every year for good luck? :smile:

  2. griff

    February 22, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Did any one hear it fall, I wonder? And what the hell is it still up for? Oh that’s right, it’s always Christmas in Washington.