As Christmas time is getting near, politicians and leaders all around the Western world are also getting in on the festivities, with holiday posts and season’s greetings to their constituents. It’s a fun, cute little way to get some ‘brownie points’ from the people. However, the incumbent Biden administration in the US managed to mess up even that easy opportunity.
President Joe Biden’s approval rating has been dipping below 40 per cent again recently for a second time, a rarity for a first-term POTUS—the last time that happened to him was in the summer of 2022, with historically high gas prices and a massive stock market dip. His popularity is back to his low points before Christmas 2023, so it’s no surprise that his and his wife’s Christmas video was not met with anything but holiday cheer from voters.
Something safe and generic would probably have served the Bidens better than the abomination they ended up posting.
The video published on First Lady Jill Biden’s X (Twitter) page currently has 40,000 likes and 38,000 comments. In other words, it is very close to being ‘ratioed,’ which is when the comments outnumber the likes on a post, generally a sign of public disapproval.
Even more telling about the public reception of the video is that among those 38,000 comments, you would be hard-pressed to find a single positive one. Instead, you can read thousands of people being aghast at what they saw and expressing their total disgust.
The video in question is supposed to be ‘a playful interpretation,’ as the video caption put it, of the Nutcracker Suite by the Dorrance Dance tap dancing troupe out of New York City, New York. Their performance of the classic ballet by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was mostly ridiculed and bashed for the exaggerated, seemingly manic facial expressions of the performers, the overly elaborate costumes; as well as the impression that the dance itself does not seem to fit the music, let alone the Christmas theme.
Some also pointed out the overrepresentation of black performers in a piece that was written by a white European artist—had that been the other way around, leftist activists and journalists surely would have pointed it out as ‘racist’ and an instance of ‘cultural appropriation’.
One group of people who certainly would not have appreciated such a performance is the Dorrance Dance troupe themselves. Their official website has a tab titled ‘antiracism’ on their top menu bar, which takes us to content which helps us ‘educate ourselves’ on issues such as ‘white privilege, systemic racism, and white fragility’.
These are terms typically used by fringe, Neo-Marxist activists
whose ideas are only approved of by a small percentage of the American people. Yet the Biden administration felt inclined to invite them into the White House to have them put on their oddity of a dance show, much to the horror of the American people.
The US Reminisces About Melania Trump’s Christmas Greetings
As pointed out by many of the grossed-out commenters, there is a sharp difference in how the current and the previous FLOTUS celebrated Christmas in the third year into their respective first terms.
Back in 2019, Melania Trump had a room full of Christmas trees, covered in snow and patriotic ornaments. Her Twitter post was met with a lot warmer reception, getting 50,000 likes and just 5,300 comments over time.
Meanwhile in Hungary, our very own President Katalin Novák is also getting ready for Christmas. She posted a photo to her Facebook page, in which she is preparing gingerbread, the traditional Christmas cookie, presumably for her family of five—the President has three children. What a difference!