Mother Nature is laying it on a bit thick in the metaphor department at this point.
The victim was the National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C., which is set to be lit by the president later this week.
Before it could be lit, however, it was felled by the weather.
According to The Hill, the tree fell after it “was toppled over on Tuesday by heavy winds on Washington D.C.’s chilliest day since last winter.”
The tree, the outlet reported, “fell over at about 1 p.m. ET during a strong wind gust. After assessing the tree’s condition and replacing a snapped cable, the tree is now upright as of 6 p.m., according to The National Park Service.”
The tree lighting ceremony, which turns 100 this year, features both the president and, these days, celebrity guests simpatico to the president.
This year’s event will be hosted by country music singer Mickey Guyton and feature singer Dionne Warwick, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh and indie pop star St. Vincent.
And, yes, the event is scheduled to go on as planned on Thursday.
Just a little over two weeks later. Hot off the presses (or cameras, whatever).
The National Christmas Tree in Washington, D.C. was blown over Tuesday by a gust of wind. The tree was eventually lifted back up by a crane. It should be ready for the annual lighting ceremony on Thursday according to the National Park Service. pic.twitter.com/dhIXdOJwKW
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 29, 2023
Just like President Biden, the tree makes gaffes, too.
However, the Christmas tree toppling is almost as on the nose, metaphor-wise, as naming the world’s largest, most technologically advanced, supposedly unsinkable ship the Titanic and then having it run into an iceberg and end up at the bottom of the sea.
The National Christmas Tree has fallen.
A fitting image of the Biden White House. pic.twitter.com/fPclZAsQ63
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 28, 2023
SYMBOLIC: Just two days before Biden was slated to light the national Christmas tree it collapsed much as the president’s regime has collapsed. The National Park Service is currently assessing the damage. A crane was brought in to help raise it again. pic.twitter.com/aQJRhS4j7Q
— @amuse (@amuse) November 28, 2023
Looks like the White House National Christmas tree is weak under pressure. Sums up this “administration” perfectly. pic.twitter.com/mQnm5T8VrI
— Rob (@_ROB_29) November 29, 2023
🚨The National Christmas Tree set to be lit by Biden in 48 hours was just “toppled” by the wind, US Parks Service says tree may not be salvageable
Very fitting for the Biden White House.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 28, 2023
“A fitting image of the Biden White House,” as one social media post put it. Indeed, and in more ways than one.
According to WTOP-TV, this was the first cut tree used during a presidential tree-lighting ceremony in 50 years: “At least since 1973, the National Christmas trees have been planted,” National Park Service spokeswoman Chelsea Sullivan told the station.
However, the tree originally earmarked as this year’s National Christmas Tree — planted 10 months into the Biden administration, on Oct. 30, 2021 — was cut down earlier this month after a fungal disease made it unusable.
One tree rots and dies. The other tree blows over. Pick your poison!
Now, at least a cut tree can be put back up, like this 40-foot tree was:
A crane has raised the national Christmas tree on the Ellipse which fell in the wind. The official Christmas tree lighting is Thursday. The lights have been illuminated now for testing, and it appears they will require some rearrangements for Thursday’s celebration. @wtop pic.twitter.com/F2ZyS6aQ3R
— Dick Uliano (@DickUliano) November 28, 2023
“After assessing the tree’s condition and replacing a snapped cable, the tree is now upright as of 6 p.m.,” a National Park Service spokesman said.
Other federal officials have been unsuccessful so far in propping President Biden or his poll numbers up. Should we try the Park Service next? They can’t do any worse than Ron Klein or Jen Psaki, after all.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.