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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Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.

3 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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 **==

    • 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? 🙂

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