Strong winds on Tuesday brought down the National Christmas Tree at the White House, an event that generated considerable commentary on social media. As a result, certain individuals drew symbolic parallels between the incident and the current presidential administration.
A prominent element of the White House’s Christmas festivities, the 40-foot Norway spruce was displaced in the afternoon due to a strong gust of wind. This occurrence transpired in the days leading up to the premeditated yearly tree-lighting ceremony, which featured President Biden.
The tree’s downfall was widely observed, particularly within conservative social media circles. The Republican House Committee on the Judiciary issued the following statement on X, formerly Twitter: “The National Christmas Tree has been brought DOWN. A succinct summary of Joe Biden’s tenure as president.” Conservative talk-show host Benny Johnson and radio host Mike Sperrazza both expressed a similar sentiment. Johnson likened the collapse of the tree to an apt metaphor for the current administration, while Sperrazza criticized the administration’s management of “even the smallest details.”
The National Weather Service’s Jasmine Shanti affirmed that the tree fell at approximately 1:00 p.m. ET due to a gust of strong wind. The tree, which originated from the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, was attended to expeditiously by National Park Service staff notwithstanding the incident. On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the tree had been readied once more in an upright position, in preparation for the forthcoming holiday celebrations.