I have heard it said that you shouldn’t look too deeply into the White House Christmas displays. Instead, enjoy their beauty, regardless of who is Oval Office Occupant.
Although I appreciate the effort put into the decorations, I don’t believe there is any way to interpret what’s displayed. Every First Family activity while at the White House has symbolism and meaning, from the themes the First Lady chooses to decorate the trees and stockings that are hung on the fireplace mantel.
Jill Biden chose “We the People” as the theme for this year’s Christmas decorations. Here is what the White House website says about “We the People”.
These words are the foundation for our amazing country and the Soul. Americans gather at the holidays to share their faith and fellowship, reminding them that they are stronger together than apart. The White House holiday decor reflects what brings us together throughout the year, in every room and every design element.
Monday saw Mrs. Biden officially unveil the decorations. They were bright and festive, but something was missing.
As our country gathers for the holidays, traditions may vary, but our shared American values — a belief in possibility, optimism, and unity — endure each season.
Room by room, visitors will be reminded of what brings us together during the holidays, and throughout the year. pic.twitter.com/IpQ9rUc2F4
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) November 28, 2022
You can see in the photo that the stockings are missing a stocking for Navy Joan Roberts. She is the four-year-old love child of Hunter Biden, Arkansas native Lunden Roberts.
I think you’re missing a stocking, you forgot a grandchild. pic.twitter.com/1p90Gj63j7
— Michelle Brodeur (@MichelleBrodeu2) November 29, 2022
The New York Post noted that Joe Biden’s cat and the dog got stockings. Navy Roberts, however?
Jill Biden, first lady, released photos Monday showing the Christmas decorations of her family. There were 77 Christmas trees with more than 83,000 lights and stockings that hang over the mantle in State Dining Room for the Biden grandchildren. One exception is notable.
Hunter and Kathleen Buhle were represented by Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisy, Hunter’s ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, as well as Peter Neal, Naomi’s new husband, and Natalie and Hunter, both the children of Beau Biden’s widow Hallie.
Another stocking was named “Baby”, a reference to Hunter’s 2-year-old son Beau and second wife Melissa Cohen. The last two stockings were reserved for Willow and Commander, the first dog Commander.
Navy Roberts was not stocked in the 2021 display. These were clearly deliberate moves.
I don’t know the personal details of the relationship between the child’s mother, the child, and the Biden family other than what was said in 2021 and in 2022 by Lunden Roberts’ lawyer about how the Biden family – including Joe, Jill, and Hunter – allegedly have had no interaction with the child, but the omission of Navy from the display is awfully tacky all the same, in my opinion.
This is not the best way to be inclusive for a family that claims they are inclusive.
Hunter Biden, a businessman with lucrative interests in China and other countries, recently stated that he cannot afford the child support he is currently paying. The First Family, who emphasized how Americans should “come together”, in the spirit of Christmas, couldn’t bear to include the name and birth date of their out-of-wedlock child on their Christmas display.
This picture is both literally and figuratively wrong.