I began a segment on "The Project" last week called "The Project's 25 Days of Christmas," riffing on some cable network's annual "25 Days," wherein there is a different holiday-themed movie premiered a night, in addition to a ton of Christmas classics involving the likes of Mr. Magoo, Tom & Jerry, and the Scooby Doo gang tossed in for good measure. I've been enjoying this quasi-marathon for years now, with its tidy "25 days until," "24 days until," etc. countdown clock in the lower right-hand corner.
I approached "The Project's 25 Days of Christmas" as such: I sent out an email to some friends, colleagues, and even past guests whom I've never even met face-to-face and asked them all simply to jot down some things they'd want from President Obama this holiday season. The lists run the gamut from intricate, pointed, profound requests to out-and-out zingers. Three different contributors, who've never even met each other before, put on their respective lists "A Collection of Joe Biden Gaffes on DVD." That says something, no?
Other gift requests, were you interested, were/are: A balanced budget amendment, the repeal of Obamacare, Eric Holder's resignation, 23 million jobs, and so on and so forth. I read one a morning, every morning.
Now, the downside to such an endeavor can be a serious blow to one's holiday spirit, if not a complete depletion of it. This daily reminder every morning in the month of December of what a mess the country is does not lend itself to haphazardly forming a group of Carolers.
Or does it?