U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at the West Front
November 25th, 2013
01:21 PM ET
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U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree arrives at the West Front

Washington (CNN) - An evergreen from Washington state is now in Washington, D.C. as workers prepare it to become the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

House Speaker John Boehner will preside over the illumination the evening of December 3.

The 79-year-old Engelmann spruce was selected in August, and for the past few weeks has been on a 5,000 mile goodwill trip from Colville National Forest, stopping at more than two dozen points along the way from the Pacific Northwest.

Finally, Monday morning, with a police escort, a tractor-trailer 103 feet long started up from an overnight parking space on the National Mall and made its way to the edge of the Capitol lawn as cameras covered the arrival.

A large construction crane was parked on the lawn itself to hoist and then move the 88-foot tree from the flatbed trailer to its display location at the West Front.

The tree will be decorated with about 10,000 lights and thousands of handcrafted ornaments from the people of Washington state.

Public donations and corporate sponsorships have covered about $400,000 of the expense, says Jeff Olson, president of "Choose Outdoors," a non-profit group that encourages people to enjoy public lands and other outside recreation.

Olson's group helped organize the fundraising to bring the tree to the U.S. Capitol, including Mack Truck's donation of two, brand-new, 18-wheelers. Alaska Airlines donated tickets to get the transport crews home to Washington State.

Riding along in the big rig for part of the way, Olson said the CB-radio brought "lots of comments about how much this is costing us as taxpayers," including some unkind speculation about certain politicians.

"So it's great, when you hear that, and you're able to respond 'this is paid for by the private sector,'" Olson said.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    just saying

    it is very nice to know that even the godless, souless depsicable left wingers that constantly attack religion and the people that believe, will still be welcome to the lighting of the christmas tree. may the light shine bright into the darkness that inhabits their souls.
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    LOL. "the people that believe" That's unbelievable. They can believe anything that they want to believe, just so long as they don't try to FORCE me into their belief system. I'm happy with the one I've already got. You wouldn't like it if I began forcing my beliefs upon you, so please don't be hypocrite enough to justify doing it to others because you know you are right.

    November 25, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Data
    I also like "Grandma Got Ran Over by A Reindeer". Puts me in the mind of my ex mother in-law!
    I happen to like Louis Armstrong's version of "Zat You Santa Claus". A little quirky, but so am I!

    November 25, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    it is very nice to know that even the godless, souless depsicable left wingers that constantly attack religion and the people that believe, will still be welcome to the lighting of the christmas tree. may the light shine bright into the darkness that inhabits their souls
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    You would have hated Jesus as a troublemaker, I'm sure. If there is anyone on here that embodies the Pharisees in word and deeds, it the Right wing and the GOP.
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    He'd be labelled as a "soshulist" who wants to redistribute wealth and extend equality and compassion to everyone, not just to the elite. I can see the tricorner hat Tealiban holding up signs with his picture as Stalin, Marx, or whomever the fools make signs of

    November 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    No, the GOP would have hated Jesus, Mary and Joseph, since Mary was obviously of loose morals and they did not even have proper ID to get into the Inn. Chasing the moneychangers out of the temple would have been a violation of everything they believed in as well ; can you really see Jesus supporting Citizens United and the NRA? Preaching to help the poor and the vulnerable would had him attacked as a bleeding heart and a troublemaker, and can you really imagine the GOP and the Tea Party listening respectfully during the Sermon on the Mount? FOX and Friends would have kept a running sarcastic commentary while covering it, that is, if they could have broken away from the Miss Judea Contest long enough to cover anything of real importance.

    November 25, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Silence DoGood

    @just saying "godless, souless depsicable left wingers"

    #1 – if someone does not believe your particular religion, that does not make them godless.
    #2 – if someone wants to keep religion out of politics like the founding fathers, that does not make them godless.

    I am a left winger, believe in God and do not want religion in politics.

    John Quincy Adams swore on a book of law instead of the bible. Would you call him godless and soulless? I wish he were here to give you good talking to about the difference between law, faith, religion, and freedom.

    November 25, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -Silence DoGood

    @just saying "godless, souless depsicable left wingers"

    #1 – if someone does not believe your particular religion, that does not make them godless.
    #2 – if someone wants to keep religion out of politics like the founding fathers, that does not make them godless.

    I am a left winger, believe in God and do not want religion in politics.

    John Quincy Adams swore on a book of law instead of the bible. Would you call him godless and soulless? I wish he were here to give you good talking to about the difference between law, faith, religion, and freedom.
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    Don't bother wishing for that: Even Adams would have given up on that task.

    November 25, 2013 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Happy Holidays to you as well DM4O. Whoops! Saying "Happy Holidays" is blasphemous in right wing circles.

    November 25, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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