Before you buy your Christmas cards read this:
Last week, the first couple finished sending out an all-time presidential record of one million Christmas cards. That is more than double the 400,000 cards sent out by Bill Clinton in his last year in office, a number that fueled the nattering in Washington about Mr. Clinton’s endless goodbye parties and lachrymose leave-taking. It is also a jump from the 875,000 cards that the Bushes sent last year.
This year’s specially designed Hallmark cards, which feature an oil painting of a 1938 Steinway grand piano in the Grand Foyer of the White House, were paid for and mailed out by the Republican National Committee.
Committee officials declined to disclose the cost of either the cards or the postage, but they did say that they had plenty of cash â€” Mr. Bush raised more than $140 million for Republicans and the party this year â€” and that the president had a huge number of people to thank.
Of course, one of those people Bush had to thank was…..Hallmark.
For Hallmark, the order also marked a return from its exile during the Clinton administration, which for eight years turned to the company’s chief rival, American Greetings, to print the White House Christmas cards â€” even though Hallmark had produced at least one Christmas card for every American president since Dwight D. Eisenhower.
It turns out that even the business of Christmas cards is a little political. During Mr. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign, Hallmark gave $110,000 in soft-money donations to the Republican National Committee, and no money to the Democrats, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
In that same time, the chief executive of American Greetings, Morry Weiss, gave almost as much to the Republican National Committee, $100,000, and also no money to the Democrats â€” even though American Greetings had lavishly contributed to Democrats when Mr. Clinton was in office.
Looks like Morry got outbid by $10,000.
Happy holidays Morry
and may your season be merry.
Remember next year
The House of Bush is cash ‘n carry