Hosts Remember the Meaning of Christmas

Posted: November 11, 2009 in Entertainment, Health Care
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Met Mike Huckabee tonight… the resulting article:

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appeared before a large crowd in Edmond, Oklahoma, last night at Best of Books, the latest stop for his book tour promoting his new tome, A Simple Christmas. It seems to be a recent trend that those in political media are writing heart warming Christmas tales. A Simple Christmas has been released during the same season as Glenn Beck’s children’s version of The Christmas Sweater, an adaptation of his adult novel from a year ago.

Huckabee’s book is a collection of twelve Christmas tales from throughout his life, beginning as a child up to his time as a presidential candidate. In a day and age in which Christmas has become inundated with commercialism, he has billed his memories as heart warming stories that celebrate the holiday spirit. Huckabee believes that it’s possible to make the Christmas season simple again instead of becoming lost in the frustrating chaos our times have made it.

Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater, on the other hand, is a novel about a boy named Eddie who wanted a bike for Christmas but instead receives from his mother a hand-made sweater that he absolutely does not like. He insults her and she later dies in a car accident. Now adapted as a children’s book for the 2009 season, the rest of the story tells how Eddie deals with his bitterness and anger while staying with his grandparents.

Both books by the political media hosts are based on Christian principles, Huckabee probably more prominently so as a former pastor. Each have other books that deal with hot political issues and views expressing their conservative viewpoints, but the Christmas books show a different side of the men and gives us a glimpse of their souls away from the camera.

Toward the end of his signing in Edmond, Governor Huckabee spent a few minutes fielding questions from reporters about the current health bill which just passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. He stated the plan is, “an unmitigated disaster,” and when asked if he believed the states could afford the plan, he expressed that they could not. He maintained his stance that America has a health crisis and not a health care crisis. It was a brief moment that snapped the crowd back to real world politics in what had otherwise been a heart-warming night full of promise for the upcoming holiday season.

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