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Presidential candidates – Holiday ads edition December 22, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, people.
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A roundup of (some) Christmas holiday messages from presidential candidates.

  • John Edwards refers to faith, has Christmas lighting in the background but does not go the whole nine yards.
  • Obama has his wife starting the talking, his daughters chime in, does not mention Christmas and has no campaign positions in there either.
  • Hillary subtle reference to holiday season as she gives away goodies (“Whose money is it anyway!” 😉 )

When you mention “Christmas”, you are signaling. When you don’t, you are avoiding alienation and signaling to a different constituency. Just wonder how many “holiday seasons” would India have if all the (mostly religious) festival names were sanitized to just “holidays” in order to be more inclusive ? Truly, there are more tangible ways to separate church from the state, eh ! 🙂

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