The White House has issued an official Christmas or holiday photograph for years now. And while previous presidents have shied away from wishing the American people a “Merry Christmas,” President Trump refused to submit to that form of political correctness. Instead of worrying about what some people may say, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump posed in front of a gorgeous Christmas scene equipped with trees and holiday decorations.
The glamorous photo depicts the first lady in a sleeveless and sparkling chemise in dark blue. President Trump wears his tuxedo in the White House Christmas photo.
But the Trumps did not stop with just an elegant holiday photo. They decided to steep the image in symbology that the United States Military and veterans would appreciate, along with every other patriot.
In the top center of the image, you’ll see the United States Presidential seal. The president has the United States flag to his side. To the left of the First Lady is the presidential flag.
Then on the outskirts of the photo, two flocked Christmas trees frame the picture. These generously decorated evergreen fir trees highlight the Christmas season and have ornaments and lights on them.
Hanging above the president and the first lady over the door is a flocked garland. These decorations appear to be lightly dusted with snow.
On Twitter, Melania Trump shared the White House image for all followers to see. Along with the gorgeous picture, she wrote:
“Merry Christmas from President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. POTUS & FLOTUS are seen Tuesday, December 5, in their official 2017 Christmas portrait, in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, D.C.”
Andrea Hanks was the photographer of the White House Christmas portrait.
While the Trumps had almost everything in their Christmas photo, some people noticed something missing. Where is the young Barron?
If we’re looking at how the Obamas did their official White House Christmas portraits, some had the family together, and some included just the President and First Lady. So, the Trumps are not doing anything out of order by not including their young son in the White House image.
A Business Insider survey found that White House holiday cards often showed a festively decorated part of the White House. They usually choose either an interior or exterior scene. The Obamas even included a beautifully rendered image of their dog Bo. In one scene, he was caught walking through a snowy stage in front of the White House back in 2012. In 2011, he was depicted sleeping in front of a warm fire inside the presidential building.
According to Martha Ross on MercuryNews.com:
“Historically themed Christmas cards have definitely been the most common trend going back through the two terms of Ronald Reagan and through the Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson eras. Even John and Jacqueline Kennedy kept their adorable young children, Caroline and John Jr., off their White House Christmas cards, even though they never seemed to fail to have their children photographed at other times when it could make for good P.R.”
Did the Trumps miss an opportunity by excluding Barron?